Sunday, September 15, 2019
ICYMI: My Wife's Birthday Edition (9/15)
Happy birthday to one of the best people ever to walk on the face of the earth! But you can have cake and read some worthwhile education pieces as well. So here you go--
AI in Education Hype
John Warner takes a look at one more technological product in search of a problem to "solve."
Effects of the Flipped Classroom
An Annenberg working paper suggests that there are no big benefits to flipping, and that it may even make some gaps between students worse.
America's Newest Outsourced Job
Vice might be a little late catching on to this trend, but they offer a nice piece from reporters who "embedded" with some Filipino teachers hired by Chicago schools.
What Statistics Can and Can't Tell Us About Ourselves
The average person has one breast and one testicle. The limits of Big Data (and the AI systems that depend on it) and why it is lousy at personalization. From the New Yorker.
Should Grades Be Based On Classwork?
Alfie Kohn appears at EdWeek to look at some questions that are, in fact, the wrong questions to ask.
AI In Education Hype
John Warner at Inside Higher Ed takes a look at another alleged AI breakthrough and explains why it's no breakthrough at all.
If You Want To Fill the Teacher Bucket, Fix the Holes
Dad Gone Wild weighs in on the great teacher shortage debate.
Where Did 3,000 Students Go?
Hey look! Turns out that UPSTART, the completely wrongheaded online preschool program launched in Utah, is having some trouble keeping accurate counts of its students, thereby costing the state an extra million dollars.
The College Board Book and The College Board's Many Failures (and Obfuscations Thereof)
Chalkbeat has one of the better reviews of Paul Tough's book showing how the College Board is a sneaky mess.
Want To Do Business in Silicon Valley? Better Act Nice.
Jason Palmer is a money guy who had the nerve to say out loud that the Zuckerberg-backed AltSchool was going to be the big failure it turned out to be. Nellie Bowles at the NYT tells the story of the price he paid for his candor.
What The New Reading Wars Get Wrong
At EdWeek, a good explanation of why this round of the long-running reading wars is, once again, not worth our time.
Play vs. Reading
A great Nancy Bailey take on the flawed thinking behind some reading advocacy.
Embracing Public Schools as the Very Definition of the Common Good
A great Jan Resseger piece reminding us why public schools matter.
When School Safety Becomes School Surveillance
NPR takes a look at the issue that is continuing to make life miserable for some innocent students.
Turning A Profit Through Nonprofit Charters
Nonprofit Quarterly offers yet another explanation of how the profit vs. nonprofit distinction is a distinction without a difference.
Opinion: Ralph Abraham and his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad education reform ideas
Come for the rollicking first sentence, and stay for the fact that this critique of LA ed policy is written by a 19-year-old college student.
The Cruel Assertion That Your Five-Year-Old is Falling Behind
Nobody stands up for the littles like Teacher Tom
NJ Teachers: A Failure To Achieve Diversity
Part of a Jersey Jazzman series looking at the state of teaching in the state of New Jersey. As always, real research presented in real language.
The World of Competitive Rock Skipping
Nothing at all to do with education, but a plug for my small town and one of our many events. This year a freelance journalist did a WaPo story about the event. I'm a judge every year; in the photo I'm the fat guy in the Hawaiian short on the left.