Monthly Archives: November 2010

Bullseye, overlooked

Overlooked in the controversies of the board meeting on Thursday night was an important vote that signifies a considerable change in policy.  The board was contemplating a course of action for Manny Martinez, a charter school who, in its first … Continue reading

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I write the papers that make the whole world sing…

Think that students are all doing their own work?  Try this truly stunning first-person piece from a hired ghost writer for, well, anything: I’ve written toward a master’s degree in cognitive psychology, a Ph.D. in sociology, and a handful of postgraduate credits … Continue reading

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Ghost alumnus

Perhaps it is the proximity to Halloween, but what I find most troubling about the wrenching and difficult decision to close or transform schools are the ghosts: All of the kids who went through the school, received an education wholly … Continue reading

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The 2010 election and ed reform

One of the ongoing lessons of the shifting electorate is that party affiliation is less and less likely to predict specific election outcomes.  It’s simply no longer possible to count votes based purely on one’s declared party.  2010 clearly demonstrated … Continue reading

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Can’t you NOT meet a nice young lawyer…

Among the tensions in higher education are expensive professional schools supplying graduates with higher debt loads than their industries can bear. Recent revelations include legal graduates describing their law schools as ponzi schemes and paper mills, as detailed in this piece. … Continue reading

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