Monthly Archives: April 2009

TFA application growth astounding

An Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal which, if you can get past the polarizing anti-union language, has some very interesting statistics on Teach for America: Here’s a quiz: Which of the following rejected more than 30,000 of the nation’s top college … Continue reading

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The end of the university

A fascinating Op-Ed in the New York Times: GRADUATE education is the Detroit of higher learning. Most graduate programs in American universities produce a product for which there is no market (candidates for teaching positions that do not exist) and develop skills … Continue reading

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Improving teacher quality: 7 policy ideas

From the Education Equality Project – the strange bedfellows of Al Sharpton and Joel Klein – comes a position paper on improving teacher quality.  Among it’s many virtues is that it is only seven pages, and it is well worth a complete … Continue reading

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When you become a good teacher, you stop improving?

Some expert comments summarized by the Post’s ever-enterprising Jeremy Meyer: Teachers stop showing signs of improvement after about four years on the job — even after a master’s degree or obtaining tenure, said Jane Hannaway, founding director of the Education Policy Center at the … Continue reading

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Teaching no “fallback” career

A great series of perspectives on the NY Times blog.  A few random highlights: Some years ago I read the following quote: “No one, not even a farmer, works as hard as a caring teacher, but there is nothing lazier than … Continue reading

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Race, money, and student achievement

NYC Chancellor Joel Klien’s new editorial will make lots of people uncomfortable: Too many people today excuse teachers, principals and school superintendents who fail to substantially raise the performance of low-income minority students by claiming that schools cannot really be held accountable … Continue reading

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Education-reform savant looking for work?

Well, here’s something possibly even more hairy: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration will name former Justice Department official Alan Bersin to oversee its policy on illegal immigration and drug-related violence along the U.S. border with Mexico, Politico reported on Tuesday.

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