Sunday, December 18, 2016

ICYMI: Frantic Shopping Edition (12/18)

You're not here today, are you? You're out trying to finish shopping before you get back to school and don't have time to shop at all. Here to help you take a break is this week's selection of reading stuff, culled from about the interwebs. If you like it, pass it on.

Teachers Are Delusional

Things are a little grim these days. Blue Cereal Education looks at how teachers everywhere cope, for better or worse.

Hanna Skandera as Assistant Secretary of Education

Yet another odd Trumpian choice appears to be coming down the pike. Here is the indispensable Mercedes Schneider with all the background you need to understand why Skandera is a less-than-encouraging choice

Don't Be Fooled; Betsy DeVos Still Loves Common Core

If you think DeVos is an exciting choice because she'll make good on Trump's promise to dump Common Core, Steven Singer has done the homework to show why Trump has gotten the wrong woman for the job.

The Broken Promise of Indiana's Online Schools

Chalkbeat's series on virtual schools continues with a look at how Indiana's cyber schools are still in operation, even though every single one of them is failing.

Is It Time to Rethink Standards

Josh Starr is guest blogging at Rick Hess's EdWeek spot, and he has some thoughts about school standards and white supremacy. Really.

Terminal Charterism: The View from Michigan

Really, you should just be reading Nancy Flanagan all the time. But right now, as a Michiganian, she has special insight on what a DeVosian eduworld would look like, which makes Flanagan's insights more must-read than ever.

How Ontario's Vision of Equity Contrasts with Pennsylvania's

Kevin McCorry is a name that anyone interested in PA eudcation should know. He's working on a series that takes a broader look at some ed issues, including this intriguing look at how PA and Ontario stack up by comparison.

Teaching Isn't Really a Profession

You've been in this argument. This piece will give you a little more ammo for the next time.

Coleman, the College Board and the SAT

I wrote about this Reuters piece this week, but let me encourage you once again to read the whole thing. It is hard to wrap your brain around just what an amateur-hour cluster-finagle Coleman's College Board is, but we all need to try.

How Much Do Charter School Executives Make?

School Data Nerd tries to answer this question for Los Angeles. Short answer: a whole hell of a lot.

Rebecca Solnit on Hope in Dark Times, Resisting the Defeatism of Easy Despair, and What Victory Really Means for Movements of Social Change

Maria Popova's Brain Pickings is one of the great websites for literature, thought, and a kind of unmushy low-grade optimism. Let's end with this for the week. 

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