It has been exactly one year since I hung up my teacher hat, so I'll probably meditate on that today, but in the meantime, here's some good reading from the week. Remember-- if you like it, share it.
Utah Picked a Testing Company That It Knew Sucked
Okay, so I paraphrased the really-long headline, but you get the idea. How Utah went with a company with a history of trouble-- and how that worked out.
The Perils of Treating Schools Like Corporations
I don't often do video clips, but this is an interview with Andrea Gabor, exactly the person to address this topic. Plus this clip will remind you to get her book.
Fables of School Reform
The internet has really been missing Audrey Watters while she's been writing a book, but this piece from the January Baffler is Watters at her best, tying together a dozen different threads and reminding us that the world of ed tech is deeply full of baloney.
In NYC, as Neighborhoods Grow Whiter, Schools Don't
A new kind of white flight?
In Rural PA, a Robotics Program
A little bit of showing off; the teacher behind this program is one of my former co-workers, and he has worked his ass off to make this happen at my old school.
State Takeover Law Fails To Measure Success
A letter to the editor of the Toledo newspaper explains one of the failures of takeover law-- it's completely inadequate definition of success.
Why Did Charter Support Dry Up?
Jack Schneider looks at the fatal weaknesses of charter schools and their movement.
Pearson Looks To Cyber-Expand
Pearson is planning to go after more of the cyber school market. I'm sure that can't end badly.
Undermining Florida's Public Education
Yet another writer calling out the edu-disaster that is Florida's current governor and legislature.
America's Education Civil War
"Without a revolution seeing education as a social good to be broadly encouraged rather than property to be hoarded, lines will be drawn with consequential conflict and social impoverishment"
In The Middle
Mary Holden just spend a year in middle school. It took her till now to have enough time free to write about it.