Well, it didn't take long for Biden to return to his corporate ed reform roots. Not a surprise, but even when hope is a very tiny thing with very small feathers, it's a bummer when a big cat chomps it up. Time to move on. Here's some reading from the week.
Myriam Gurba at lulzcollective with a hardhitting piece looking at that damned hero teacher myth.
Accountabaloney looks at the issues of missing students, and the dominoes that are going to fall because of them.
At Have You Heard, Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire talk to Cristina Groeger about a topic that is often on my mind--why the whole "educate the poors and they will become not-poors" doesn't, and can't, work
At the New Yorker, Sarah Jones takes a more balanced look at what thee real problems are (hint: years of infrastructure neglect aren't helpful)
Cointelegraph caught this grant from the department of creepy developments.
I wrote about this Jersey Jazzman piece this week, and if you still haven't read it, here I am telling you again to go read it.
Joshua Hatala blogs about schools, the pandemic, and the new post-modern demand that students "figure it out" as they contemplate life and the world.
Thomas Ultican takes another deep dive into another group of education disruptors.
At the Kappan, Victoria Cain and Adam Laats take a look at the long, sad history of technological baloney. A good swift overview.
Steven Singer lays it out.
Nancy Flanagan on why we could maybe just take a breath about the whole testing thing.
Rann Miller at The Progressive addresses what should be one of our major concerns in education these days.
In the Philadelphia Inquirer, a look at a group that has a plan for expanding the Black teaching force. Their allies aren't necessarily friends of public education, but this is work that needs to be done.
It's been a long journey, but here te indispensable Mercedes Schneider finally publishes her full review of Harris's book about New Orleans and its charter conversion. In the process, she provides some useful on-the-ground insights into the gutting of public education in NOLA
At the Kappan, a detailed look at just how very bad edTPA really is, and how Pearson fights back, again, against any criticism.
John Warner at Inside Higher Ed looks at student surveillance and sees a better way, including radical notions like "an easy way to judge whether or not something violates an ethic of care for students is whether or not I would agree to be subjected to the same requirement as a condition of doing my work."
NBC news picked up this piece from Hechinger Report which is somehow mystified that terrible pay and conditions have exacerbated the long-stewing sub crisis. A little infuriating, but still worth the read.
Somebody's making a bunch of money from the covid make-up tutoring business in England, but it's not the teachers who are doing the actual work.
From NPR, a good idea being developed.
It has been pretty damn cool to see teacher Bowman make his mark in DC, and this week he also appeared on Stephen Colbert's show, winning the attention of the folks at Vulture.