Your reading for the week. Remember to pass along what you value. And don't forget to peruse the blogroll in the righthand column.
Dear Betsy DeVos
Marie Corfield responds to Betsy DeVos's comments about striking Oklahoma teachers. This is what it means to serve the public.
Mute the Messenger
From the Texas Observer-- here's what happened when a Texas professor spoke out against standardized testing. Pearson came after him.
What Teacher Strikes May Teach Democrats about Education Politics
The Democratic Party abandoned public education and the teachers who work there a while ago-- will the current wave of teacher strikes make them rethink their strategy?
Now Watch Republicans Blame Obama for Failed Education Reform
Ed reform isn't quite as beloved as it once was, and one sign of that is the GOP folks trying to pin it on Obama. Jeff Bryan as always brings the research and the insight.
Put Out To Pasture
Nancy Bailey walks us through all the Secretaries of Education, the policies they pursued, and where they are now. It's a useful, but not encouraging, history lesson.
Time To Ditch the SAT
From US News, another compelling argument against the old SAT warhorse.
Why the School Spending Graph Betsy DeVos Is Sharing Doesn't Mean What She Says It Means
Betsy DeVos has been using an exhibit from the Museum of Bad Graphs to make her point. Matt Barnum explains why it is misleading.
Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better At Reading in 20 Years
A compelling piece from the Atlantic making the not-new point that reading can't be taught as a set of discrete skills free of content or context.
Remembering the Holocaust
If there was ever an education story, this is it. A new study suggests that a whole bunch of Americans simply don't know about the Holocaust. Not deny it-- just don't know about it.
Billionaire Offers To Buy High School
If you missed this story, Valerie Strauss has the details. A Pennsylvania billionaire offered his alma mater $25 million-- if they'd put his name on the school, let him set some curriculum, and keep it all secret. It's a truly bizarre tale.
Jose Luis Vilson finally saw Black Panther, and it gave him some thoughts about education and shared prosperity.