Category Archives: Education

When Charters Fail To Make The Grade: The KIPP Edition

One of the stupidest education reforms has been the grading of schools on a letter grade. It takes all of the problems with assessment, and then simplifies them, making them worse. But in Texas, it seems to have put the … Continue reading

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We Found Trump’s James Watt: It’s Betsy DeVos

While no Secretary of Education in a Republican administration would be to my liking, it’s pretty clear Il Trumpe’s nominee, Betsy DeVos, is unqualified and a theocratic zealot. She’s an advocate of school vouchers, which have always been seen, by … Continue reading

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Education Reform As A Distraction

From a Massachusetts activist who successfully opposed the pro-charter referendum Question 2 (boldface mine): For a short while in Boston last night, we were ecstatic. We beat the privatizers on Question 2, and we beat them across the state, with … Continue reading

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On The Krebs Cycle and Unintentional Consequences Of High Stakes

Not two things one usually associates with the other. As a biologist, I have a confession: I hate the fucking Krebs cycle. As cycles go, it’s not bad, but still… I learned it twice in high school, once in college … Continue reading

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Those Lazy College Students

This might have some bearing on why public higher education should be tuition-free (boldface mine): George Washington University has for years pushed back against the notion that it is a pricey school for rich kids. The school grew its financial … Continue reading

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Campbell’s Law Strikes Education Again

For those who don’t know what Campbell’s Law is, I’ll turn it over to sociologist Donald Campbell: The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more … Continue reading

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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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