Monthly Archives: September 2013

Why urban education is a rigged game

According to Dylan Garity, who breaks it down at the National Poetry Slam. Listen up.

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Want to Get Smarter? Be More Childlike.

Interesting piece on NPR this morning in which Shankra Vedantam reviews some of the recent research in neuroscience.

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DC’s Plan to Assess Early Childhood Programs: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

In case you missed it, the Public Charter Schools Board of DC has proposed a common framework for assessing the quality of all preschool and lower elementary programs. The original proposal sparked arguments for and against the plan; led to a petition campaign of protest; and anchored a lively hourlong discussion on public radio. Lots of people wrote the board to share their own ideas and feedback, and, earlier this week, the Board unanimously approved a revised policy.

What did the PCSB get right, and where is its plan still lacking?

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Reign of Terror: Diane Ravitch’s Personal Crusade

The first time I learned about Diane Ravitch is a lot like the first time I learned about Ronald Reagan. Let me explain. Continue reading . . .

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The Good, the Bad & The Maybe on Charter Schools

Three recent articles seem to capture the promise and the peril of the charter movement all at once. First, there was my piece exploring the evolving case law that challenges the notion that public charters are indeed, under the law, public schools. Then there was the news from a recent study suggesting that charters are […]

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