Today is my mother's birthday, so there will be cake involved later. She's a pretty swell lady, so it's a day worthy of cake. Also, if you look to the right, you'll see that I've revamped the blog list and added a section of websites of interest that aren't necessarily blogs. So you can poke through that if you like. In the meantime, here's some reading from last week.
What Betsy DeVos Got Wrong About Detroit Schools
From the Detroit Free Press. Spoiler alert: almost everything.
Cassellius Puts Moratorium Onn District's Standardized Tests
Boston's superintendent has concluded that an endless battery of practice and pre-tests might not be a great idea, so she's pressing pause.
The Failure of Betsy DeVos and 30 Years of Corporate Influence on Public Education
Nancy Bailey offers a brief but worthwhile history lesson about the true origins of public school problems.
The Stories of Segregation Academies as Told By The White Students Who Attended
A fascinating new project gives us a chance to see an ugly chapter of US education history a bit more clearly.
Are Teachers Allowed To Think for Themselves
Steven Singer wants to know why teachers are highly trained, yet widely ignored.
More Testing Is Not The Answer For NYC Students, But Smaller Classes Could Be
Liat Olenick in the Gotham Gazette offers the cray thought that New York City schools might want to try a solution for which there is actual evidence of effectiveness.
What Is "Quality" Music? Choosing the Best Materials for Our Students
Nancy Flanagan is writing about the recent flap over what to include or throw out in the music ed library, but her thoughts here are useful for literature teachers, too.