Sunday, January 12, 2020

ICYMI: Unexpected Spring Edition (1/12)

It is unseasonably warm here, even as some parts of the country deal with a fresh helping of winter. Either way, we've got things to read. Remember-- if the piece strikes you as an important one, go to the original location for the post or article and share it through your social media. It's all about the amplification.

Putting a Price Tag on Public Schools  

Wendy Lecker doesn't write enough, so this piece from the Stamford Advocate is a welcome look at the legacy and future of Eli Broad's do-it-yourself superintendent school.

3D TV Tells You Everything You Need To Know About This Decade's Tech  

This Wired piece isn't about education, except that it is. Tag line: "You don't need special glasses to see what it looks like when smart people run out of ideas." Tech that's all about what you want to make, while steadfastly ignoring what the users actually want.

Bad Tech-- Pearson Wants Teacher's Jobs  

Alan Singer at the Daily Kos about the problems with AI replacements for actual humans.

Laziness Does Not Exist  

Yup. A psychology professor explains why not.

Bernie Sanders: End High Stakes Testing  

This was the week that Sanders plugged that one hole in his education platform And USA Today let him write an op-ed to do it.

Hoboken NJ Charter Schools  

Nobody is better than Jersey Jazzman for breaking down actual facts and data and rendering it all intelligible. This look at Hoboken tells us a lot about much of the charter universe.

Top Reads of 2019  

I can resist a good reading list, and Nancy Flanagan has an excellent one.

John White Resigns  

And the indispensable Mercedes Schneider is here to tell him goodbye, and good riddance.

Pressuring Parents To Teach Their Kindergartners To Read  

Nancy Bailey and another disturbing trend among parents of the littles.

Mike Feinberg's New Home

Feinberg was booted from KIPP over allegations of harassment and abuse, but that didn't end his career in the ed reform biz. Matt Barnum at Chalkbeat has the story.

Bugs In Teachers Ears? What We Should Be Doing Instead.  

Yes, Nancy Flanagan again. When EdWeek trotted out bug-in-ear coaching again, lots of shade was thrown, but Flanagan is smart enough to take it a step further and ask what the answer to ear-bugging should be.

Homeowners Fed Up

Up in Wisconsin, Up North News reports that taxpayers are getting tired of paying for two school systems, only one of which has any accountability.

The Rural Conundrum  

Coincidentally, Jennifer Berkshire was just in rural Wisconsin, where even the red parts are still voting to raise their own taxes for schools. What's going on?

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