Human beings are funny creatures. Today we'll celebrate the prognostication of a giant rodent, invest a gazillion dollars in a sportsball contest, and get all excited because our date-labeling system will cough up a palindrome today (spoiler alert: every date-- every last one-- only comes around once). But in the meantime, there are things to read.
An Open Letter to Preschool Homework
From McSweeney's, a look at homework for preschoolers with characteristic wit.
Four Things You Need To Know About Education Policymaking
Rick Hess (AEI) at EdWeek offers four fairly solid observations about how the sausage is made, even if he does skip the one about how policy conversations should be informed by people who can talk about how that policy lands in the classroom.
Why Private Equity Keeps Wrecking Retail Chains
This would have nothing at all to do with education, if private equity and hedge funds weren't so interested in getting into the charter school biz. But they are, so here's a cautionary tale.
In Indiana, School Choice Means Segregation
The Kappan looks at some research showing that Indiana school choice program, which has ended up looking a lot like a white flight program.
Schools Are Killing Curiosity
From The Guardian, this is a depressing read. About the time a researcher watches a teacher tell a student, "No questions now-- it's time for learning" you know this is a sobering piece of work.
Journalist with education message white America might not want to hear
Maureen Downey with a look at Nikole Hannah-Jones and the issues of integration.
Don't be fooled. Tax credits for private school are about dismantling public education .
The education writer at the Lexington Herald-Leader, Linda Blackford, lays out the truth behind tax credit scholarship programs.
Not Burnout, But "Moral Injury" of Doctors
This WBUR piece is about doctors, but teachers will recognize the issue-- the toll it takes when malpractice is mandated, rules are too restrictive, and resources are too scarce.
Two Decades of Havoc
Education scholar Yong Zhao synthesizes criticism of PISA, the international assessment regularly used as proof that US schools are failing compared to Estonia, Singapore, etc.
Parent Resistance Thwarts Local Desegregation Efforts
The AP (here picked up by WTOP) writes about one of the big obstacles to desegregation-- white folks who don't want to let Those People into "their" schools.
More Students Are Homeless Than Ever Before
Laura Camera at US News with some depressing data.
It's GPAs Not Standardized Tests That Predict College Success
Nick Morrison at Forbes lays out the latest research that shows--again--that high school GPA is a better predictor of college success than the SAT or ACT.
Michigan schools revolt
Michigan has a third grade reading retention rule that is kicking in, and many schools are prepared to circumvent it by any means necessary.
Anti-LGBTQ: Follow the Anti-evolution Road
Adam Laats is a historian who knows about both education and conservative Christianity in the US. The struggle over LGBTQ students in private religious schools reminds him of another time the religious right stood up against the mainstream.
Charter School Funding: Time for lawmakers to fix a flawed system
The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette backs the governor on charter funding reform.
Education Reform Has Failed America
Diane Ravitch hits the central points of her new book in a piece for Time magazine.