Let's all gather our energy before the week gets started, because by next Sunday, we could have a new body of education law.
Go Ahead: Pass Every Student Succeeds Act, But Don 't Celebrate It
Jeff Bryant had my favorite ESSA piece of the week. You probably read it, but you know, just ICYMI.
Johnathan Pelto took a great look at Baby DFER, the astroturfed student wing of hedge fund powered reform support. Complete with many links and a bibliography (linkiography?) for lots of nauseau-inducing reading
Fund Us. Support Us. Or STFU.
Claudia Swisher blogs at Fourth-Generation teacher, and I should point out that she softened the title of this blog. But I wanted to get your attention. She's writing about Oklahoma, but the story of legislators who want to offer everything except actual concrete support or help is one that many teachers across the US can appreciate.
Guinea Pigs in an Urban Laboratory
Just talkin' crazy here, but what if somebody talked to actual students about how they feel about all this reformy nonsense? Jennifer Berkshire talks to an author who talked to actual students.
Zuckerberg Responds to Critics
Well, look at that! Mainstream media actually picked up the story of all the folks who noted that Zuckerberg's charity wasn't actually charity. And then Z responded.
FLASHBACK!! The Loneliness of the Long Distance Test Scorer
Hard to believe that it has been five years since this classic was first published, shattering illusions about how standardized tests are actually scored-- and by whom. Can't tell you how many times I've gone back to this (and the city papers follow up). Still essential reading.