Down to the wire (or in some cases, past the wire-- my extended family gathered at my folks yesterday for our holiday celebration). But there's still plenty to read from the last week.
The Science of Writing
"Science is not a hammer." Paul Thomas with some thoughts about the teaching of writing and the science that is (or is not) behind it and science's place in the grander scheme.
Whatever Happened to EdTPA? It's Still Here and Still Messed up
A new study suggests that EdTPA shouldn't be used for, well, much of anything. Fred Klonsky, who's been following EdTPA for a while has some thoughts (and some links) about the study and the program.
How Ending Behavior Rewards Helped One School Focus on Student Motivation and Character
KQED makes a visit to Jersey to revisit the question of whether or not t's a good idea to reward students for behaving well. Daniel Pink makes an appearance.
Gary Larson Is Back, Sort Of.
Important news from the New York Times-- The Far Side is getting digitized-- and there night even be new panels.
Demand Pennsylvania Reform Its Charter Laws
Steve Singer reminds Pennsylvanians that there is some legislation just waiting for public comment. A must read for PA residents.
The Lanes That Divide
The Washington Post looks at how the drawing of school district boundaries is still a potent weapon against integration.
American students aren't getting smarter-- and testing is to blame
Testing expert Daniel Koretz is at NBC, explaining that high stakes testing has been a damaging crock. This should inspire you to buy Koretz's book.
Seven Reasons Teachers Trust Each Other More Than...Well, Anyone.
You should be reading Nancy Flanagan regularly, but she is particularly on target this week, talking about how teachers value the judgment of other teachers more than, say, self-professed internet ed experts.
Reporters Faced Resistance At Every Level
Reporters from the Record and NorthJersey.com have done some good work writing about charter schools, but this article shows how one of that reporting came easily. Another reminder that charter transparency and accountability are not really things.
Why Education Reform Is Not Working
The New York Times runs a few responses to its piece about the Core's tenth birthday. They are not complimentary.
The Myth of Charter School Innovation
The notion that charters are laboratories of educational innovation just won't die. nancy Bailey explains why it should.