Sunday, August 23, 2020

ICYMI: My Wife's Summer Vacation Ends Edition (8/23)

Teachers get back to it this week, with students returning in a week. We're holding our breaths here-- my county has a 2020 total of 69 cases and 1 death (yes, that's for the whole year so far), so local folks have not been feeling the whole pandemic as much as they've been feeling the various shutdowns. So we'll see what happens. In the meantime, here's some stuff to read from the week.

Biden, Harris, and Dr. Biden Will Send DeVos Yachting!

Come for Nancy bailey's headline, and stay for the comprehensive list of DeVosian misbehavior.

Pod Save Us: How Learning Pods are Going to Destroy Public Education. Or Not.

Nancy Flanagan takes a look at pods without hyperventilating. A good look at this current phenom.

Charles Koch Buys Into National Parents Union

Maurice Cunningham has been tracking the NPU since they first tossed their heavily astroturfed hat into the education ring. Here's the latest fun new development.

The Problems with "Show Me the Research" in Teaching Reading

Paul Thomas has been a strong, thoughtful voice in the reading wars. Here's another clear explanation of why you don't need to feel steamrolled by the Science of Reading crowd.

NC Awards Grant to Charter Schools to Increase Access

For some reason, the state has decided it needs to bribe charter schools in order to get them to do the job that public education is supposed to do by accepting all students.

Cami Anderson: ‘Police-Free Schools’ Vs. ‘Chaos’ Is a False Choice. Here’s What Districts Must Do to Implement Real Discipline Reform

Reformy Cami Anderson in the reformy the74 actually has some thoughtful ideas here about how to get police out of school and, better yet, how to reframe the debate. I'm not agreeing with all of it, and yes, she's here to plug her newest edu-business, but this is still a good conversation starter.

How white progressives undermine school integration

Eliza Shapiro at the New York Times looks at some research and hosts a panel discussion about why places like New York City can talk the talk, but adamantly refuse to walk the walk.

British Grading Debacle Shows Pitfalls of Automating Government

Also in the NYT. Britain tried some computerized grading of students. It hasn't gone well.

The Woeful Inadequacy of School Reopening Plans

Amy Davidson Sorkin says we've pretty much wasted the summer. A not-very-uplifting read from the New Yorker.

What if the NBA ran the Department of Education?

McSweeney's, but not entirely a joke.

1 comment:

  1. What a bunch of gobbledygoop from former (and failed) Newark, NJ Superintendent of schools re: school discipline. Typical of a disconnected bureaucrat who couldn't teach her way out of a wet paper bag. Yet another no-thing who does not realize that a discipline system that works for all students (except the pathological) must include something virtually all failed codes of conduct lack: reasonable, concrete limits for chronically disruptive, uncooperative, defiant, belligerent, and even dangerous behaviors. This is easily accomplished through a demerit system that gives plenty of leeway for minor infractions or those one-off, or occasional violation. A system where every kid knows where he wall is and are in full control of whether or not they hit it. The failure of the adults in charge to bring incorrigible behaviors under control will continue to drive parents away from public schools into charters, privates, parochials, and pods.