Category Archives: Education

You Get The Teachers You’re Willing To Pay For

Or not pay for, as is the case in the U.S. (boldface mine): You know what is a legitimately bizarre-to-the-point-of-being-funny choice for a political platform? “The job of teachers is too easy.” Yet this, in essence, has become a standard … Continue reading

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Student Test Scores And Understanding Your Data

One thing I’ve noted over the years is that, when it comes to teacher evaluation through student testing*, you have to understand the limitations of your data. Most scores, either percentiles or reported numeric scores, are non-linear, which means that … Continue reading

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Unionized Teachers Are Better Teachers

The author of this paper (pdf) observes (boldface mine): By demanding higher salaries for teachers, unions give school districts a strong incentive to dismiss ineffective teachers before they get tenure. Highly unionized districts dismiss more bad teachers because it costs … Continue reading

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Government Schools Versus Government-Contractor Schools

Apparently, conservatives, in line with their scorched earth approach to governance, have decided to call public schools ‘government schools’ (boldface mine): Somewhere along the way, the term “government schools” entered the lexicon in place of references to the public school … Continue reading

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Gulen, Charters, And Campaign Contributions

Oh my? I will leave it to experts on Turkey to opine about whether the Gulen movement, whose leader Fethullah Gulen lives in exile in Pennsylvania, was involved in the attempted coup in Turkey. But if he was, or even … Continue reading

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College Tuition And The Problem With New Democrats

Recently, Clinton adopted much of Sanders’ college tuition policy. It’s a good start and far better than anything the Republicans would ever do. But the differences between Sanders and Clinton highlight the problems I have with the whole New Democrat … Continue reading

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Charters And Following The Money

Recently, a broad coalition of groups, including the NAACP, sued the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (God save it!) to prevent the state from lifting the cap on the number of charter schools. If you want to know what motivates many supporters, … Continue reading

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