One of my favorite holidays is today, but whether you celebrate or not, here's some reading from the past week to feed your brain.
Against Metrics: How measuring performance by numbers backfires.
Not directly tied to education (though the subject comes up), this piece takes a look at the problems of people who think numbers are magical.
If we don't work on pedagogy, nothing else matters.
One of those "I'm not sure I'm 100% on board with this, but it's some food for thought" pieces.
Private Equity Pillage
The retail apocalypse is not about Amazon outselling bricks-and-mortar stores; it's about private equity funds draining the lifeblood out of the economy. This is not about education-- except that these are the same guys who want to get rich from privatizing education.
Why, yes, spending more money on schools does yield better results.
Every year in Pennsylvania, right tilted thinky tanks opine about how more money for schools won't yield results. Here's why they're full of it (and it probably applies to your state, too).
We're having the wrong conversation about the future of schools.
A look at the broad picture of reform, and how it has done more harm than good.
Inside Maine's disastrous rollout of proficiency-based learning.
Maine tried to go all in on PBL and it was a freaking mess. Kelly Field writes the story for Hechinger.
The day of the Columbine shooting was his first day in the building. Now he's one of the thirteen teachers still there. A story of what it's like to work at That School, and safe spaces.
Florida Republicans choose guns over teachers.
What Preschool Isn't
Nancy Bailey looks at one of the stupidest ideas to refuse to die-- on-line preschool.
Austerity Comes to Canada
The Have You Heard podcast takes a look at some alarming ed reform trends (make all students take some courses on line?!) up Canada way.