This is a week in which I have actually written less because I have read more. Every one of these is a must-read.
Schooling the Secretary of Education
John King has gotten one thing right so far-- he held a sit-down with an assortment of teachers (most with high social media profiles) who had not been carefully pre-vetted for their agreement with his policies. This account of the meeting is oddly encouraging, even as it is unsurprising.
About Cost Cutting Measu-es
You know I love a good illustrative metaphorical example. Here's a great demonstration of how brutal a 3% cut can be.
The Myth of Pedagogy
Interesting take on how classroom instruction may still be in the pre-science stage. I don't know how much I really agree with all of this, but it's thought-provoking.
The 13 Best Onion Higher Ed Stories
The Chronicle of Higher Education collected their thirteen favorite higher-ed pieces from the Onion. Winners one and all.
Does Georgia Have a Teacher Evaluation System Only a Sadist Could Love
Well, the short answer is "yes," but this is a good, clear example of just how messed up it is from a Georgia teacher who's lived it.
How Measurement Fails Doctors and Teachers
In today's New York Times, Robert Wachter looks at how measurement mania is making life miserable for both doctors and teachers. Two great lines: "We're hitting the targets, but missing the point" and "The secret of quality is love."