Coming in over the transom this week, the ever-vigilant bloggers at Education Week's Politics K-12 who were camped out at hearings for the House Education and the Workfor
Last week in Florida there was an important victory for progressive Democrats that not many Democrats know about. Even worse, most Democrats may not even be aware why this was a victory.
This week the US House of Representatives, with bipartisan support, passed a bill, H.R. 2117, with the misleading title of The Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act.
Conventional wisdom among the Very Serious People in Washington DC has long maintained that the severely punitive nature of current policies governing America's public schools cannot be called an "attack" on those institutions or the teachers who inhab
Although it's a bit early to know for sure, let's hope that 2012 is the year that the economic policies known as "austerity" finally crashed and burned.
Reflecting on last night's State of the Union address to the nation, most opinion outlets are declaring that President Obama is now more overtly resorting to a "populist message" to rally Democrats and appeal to independents who are frustrated with st
There's a reason why accountants traditionally wore green eyeshades.
I remember the day that the poor kids showed up at our school. It was in 1964. Classes had already started, and I was in second grade, surrounded by my familiar friends from my mostly white, mostly well-to-do, suburban neighborhood in North Dallas.
For a ten-year stretch in my life I was fortunate to spend every Christmas in Jamaica. In Jamaica, Christmas is a far more modest affair than it is here in […]
One good thing you can say about 2011 is that it is a year in which lots of wrong-headed undertakings finally came to their ignominious conclusions — including, among others, […]
When you call yourself a “historian,” you create the implication that you can speak authoritatively about, well, history. But last Friday, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich defied that common sense. […]
Heard the term “edu-bubble” yet? Chances are you will soon. No doubt you’ve heard of the “dot-com bubble.” And if you’re like millions of Americans, you may be currently experiencing […]
Normally, it would be apparent to all that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich forgot the first rule of holes when he recently doubled-down on his proposal to solve the problem […]
Getting a Republican presidential candidate to extend a compliment to Barack Obama is about as rare as getting an economist to admit he miscalculated the housing bubble. But late last […]
With the collapse of the No Child Left Behind policy that has driven American education policy for at least the past decade, one would think that our nation’s leaders would […]
Imagine you’re a parent of a seven-year-old who has just come home from school with her end-of-year report card. And the report card provides marks for only two subjects, and […]
Now that the mandate to run our nation’s schools according to No Child Left Behind has utterly collapsed, and many of the best minds are suggesting that we move on, […]
Last week’s release of the report Starving America’s Schools: How Budget Cuts and Policy Mandates Are Hurting Our Nation’s Students set the stage for this week’s chorus line calling for […]
Even after writing the headline to this post I have to wonder, “Is this a point that even has to be made?” But in light of events in Washington, DC […]
By the time that July slips slowly off the calendar, events this month — culminating with an upcoming teacher/parent-organized march on the nation’s capital — will have clarified all too […]
Back to School: Investing In Distraction My guest today is Sabrina Stevens Shupe. Sabrina is a teacher, writer, and activist who has worked with students in struggling communities in Philadelphia […]
If aliens from another planet landed in the U.S. this weekend they would likely assume that the people inhabiting this place are completely obsessed with one thing and one thing […]
So much for the “New Washington Consensus on Education”. Education policy, we were told by conservative leaders merely six months ago, was a ” redeeming feature” of the Obama administration […]
Much in the same way that September ushers in a new football season every year regaled by a bombast of armchair quarterbacks analyzing “the game,” the month also brings on […]
I don’t think anyone has ever even tried to make the argument that education and jobs are not in any way linked. But the economic argument for education is not […]
My guest today is Rob Levine. Rob is the founder of Cursor.org and Mediatransparency.org. He blogs about education issues and other topics at his personal blog thecuckingstool.blogspot.com. As the federal […]
Ask yourself if this is the type of school you’d like for your son or daughter: * At one charter school, an array of 48 “infractions”– such as “Lying/falsehood” and […]
Down here on the ground in public schools, what school children, parents, and teachers are experiencing are the first tremors of what will likely be seismic shifts in the reality […]
Earlier this week, when a representative of the Beltway-based
As American public education arrives at the summer of its discontent, we have to contemplate how a system that has already had over 201,600 jobs wrung from its payrolls since […]
Just as climate scientists warn Americans to brace for a long hot summer, anyone paying attention to the nation’s public schools can expect a summer of more of the same, […]
As educators close out this school year and go into planning mode for the next, what many of them truly dread is the fiscal nightmare being handed to them by […]
While America’s political leaders happily take a meat axe to our nation’s public school system, the national media continues to turn our gaze toward more pressing issues. But down here […]
Any experienced first-grade teacher can tell you how to spot the new kids in class who’ve never been exposed to books. They often don’t know where to start with a […]
Now that No Child Left Behind has become the butt of popular ridicule, and the prospect of forging a new consensus on education policy in DC seems doubtful, you would […]
To all those out there who are clamoring for “market-based” approaches to education reform, please tell me this: What kind of a business slashes inventory in the face of increasing […]
Last week, President Obama gave us a clear perspective of what’s wrong with current education policies and a positive vision for where they should be going. In a townhall meeting, […]
On Tuesday Sam Seder and I had a brief discussion during his daily web broadcast The Majority Report that touched on some points I made in my post here last […]
It’s getting really hard to look at the distorted rhetoric of today’s debate about public schools and NOT see it in the same whorish light as other political discussions of […]
Imagine taking your child to her first day of kindergarten and finding out that there won’t be a teacher for the class of 30 children until October. Imagine being a […]