I don't have a lot for you this week, but what's here is, as we say, cherce.
A Detailed Critique of a PBS Run Education Documentary
PBS has seen fit for $ome rea$on to run an advertorial for school privatization. Carol Burris and Diane Ravitch here provide a detailed rebuttal. You'll want this for that dinner when your brother-in-law opens with, "Hey, I saw this thing on PBS that says you all suck."
Teacher Tests Test Teachers
Rachel Cohen with a great piece about how VAM and its ilk are increasingly coming under well-deserved attack.
On Common Terminology and Teaching Writing
Paul Thomas takes a look at writing instruction and the importance of shared terminology.
Why Teachers Need To See Themselves as Experts
Jose Luis Vilson on one of my pet peeves-- the teacherly tendency to be all humble and yield the mantle of expert to folks who don't deserve it.
The Deep Irony in Betsy DeVos First Speech on Special Education
This will be the ongoing mystery of DeVos as ed secretary-- does she know she contradicts herself, or does she just not care.
The Many Ways We Are Deprofessionalizing Teaching
Do you read Nancy Flanagan every week? You should. Here she is looking at just how badly, widely and deeply folks are chipping away at the teaching profession.
Want To Kill Your Economy?
Not strictly an education piece, but a clear look at how MBAs who are takers rather than makers have been blowing a hole in the economy. At a minimum this is a good piece to keep in mind every time someone starts talking about approaching education like a business.