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Biddle me this? (or Flunkout Nation)

October 30, 2010


While I suspect few people have read or seen this post by RiShawn Biddle of Dropout Nation, I felt that it was worth mentioning because it presents such egregiously flawed logic coupled with flat-out factually incorrect and unsubstantiated claims. Sadly, this is what we have come to all too often in the current education reform […]

When schools have money…

October 27, 2010

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When schools and school districts have more money and spend more money, what do they spend it on? We are told these days to believe that everything we thought about the virtues of small class size back in the 1990s was misguided. That improving teacher quality trumps reducing class size any day when it comes […]

Spotlight on Ideologies at the Extreme in New Jersey

October 25, 2010

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About a week ago, I characterized “reformy” ideologies in a way that I myself even thought was extreme – so much so, that later on I added caveats to my description to say that this really isn’t what most “reformers” are advocating, but rather “reform” at the extremes. Reformy Ideology #1: Teacher quality is the […]

Teacher “effectiveness” ratings Freedom of Information Requests

October 22, 2010

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Andy Rotherham over at Eduwonk posted an Irony Alert yesterday as many media outlets poised themselves to start “outing” ineffective teachers by posting publicly those teacher’s value-added effectiveness scores. Rotherham argued: In light of this blow up about value-added in New York City, in a lot of places if the teachers unions would actually get […]

When reformy ideologies clash…

October 20, 2010


(note: lots of ideas here that I wanted to start writing about… but not yet well organized or articulated. It will come, with time, I hope.) Summary of Reformy Ideology Bluntly stated, the two major components of education reform ideology are as follows: Reformy Ideology #1: Teacher quality is the one single factor that has […]

Money and the Market for High Quality Schools

October 16, 2010

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This post is a revised version of my previous post – If money doesn’t matter… Here is a draft set of slides to accompany this post: Resource Heterogeneity across Sectors The theme du jour is that reform (very narrowly defined reform), not money will fix our schools. We’re already spending a lot, the pundits say. […]

Intellectual Pathologies of the Reformy World (Kevin vs. Kevin)

October 13, 2010


Yesterday, a colleague and coauthor on two recent articles – Kevin Welner (U. of Colorado) – wrote a scathing critique of the manifesto on fixing urban schools that was released last week by several large city superintendents. Kevin Welner’s commentary can be found here: The manifesto can be found here: Kevin Carey notes […]