It's my brother's birthday today. I'll have to tell you my brother's story someday-- it's an object lesson in how predicting a child's future when they are still in school is, in fact, a fool's game. In the meantime, here is your weekly batch o'reading.
If More Teachers Were Men
Another way of looking at the issues surrounding teacher policy as the result of teachers being mostly women and teacher policy writers being mostly sexist. One of those "you may not agree with everything but it's something to think about" articles.
Can We Recommend Teaching As A Career
One more Floridian voice contemplating the wretched mess that is Florida education policy
Ohio Charters Need a 22% Raise? Really?
As Ohio charters shift from "We can do more with less" to "We need more money," a blogger looks at some of the numbers behind that request.
New York's Testing System Is Broken
As Black and Brown students are once again shut out of NYC's top high schools, Jose Luis Vilson takes a look at how messes up the system is.
Parents Are Part of the Problem
Looking at the issues of academic anxiety for teens, and how parents are making it all worse.
Here's What Betsy DeVos Has To Say About Indiana's Failing Virtual Schools
Almost everyone agrees that Indiana's cyber schools are a mess crying out for serious intervention. Guess who thinks they're just swell.
Arts Should Be Core Education, Not Optional Add-ons
From Commonwealth magazine, an argument for arts education .
Trump Is Trying To Change the Meaning Of Instructor, and It's Not Good
From Forbes (and not by me), this looks at another troubling trend on the federal level.
How Do We Know It Won't Work?
A look at the historical record on public-private funding of schools.
Code of Conduct for Politicians and Test Makers
If we're going to worry about accountability, Steven Singer has some thoughts for an oft-overlooked group.
Blaming Teachers Easier Than Addressing Poverty
Somebody should point out how wrong Eric Hanushek is at least once a month. Here's this month's entry.
Campbell Brown's Union Busting Organization Is Dead
And here with the autopsy is the indispensable Mercedes Schneider.
Atlanta Votes To End Democratic Control Of Schools
Thomas Ultican looks at how Atlanta's board decided to go portfolio.
John Engler and Me
How much of a freakin' jerk is Michigan's education-busting former governor. Nancy Flanagan has a story. Spoiler alert: it will not make you like him more.
Reasons That Children Have Reading Problems That Reformers Don't Talk About
What! You mean it's not just that teachers don't know how to do their jobs properly?? Nancy Bailey takes a look.
A Lifelong Teacher
Public education lost a dear friend and tough advocate with the recent passing of Phyllis Bush. Here's a beautiful tribute from the Journal Gazette