Sunday, August 8, 2021

ICYMI: Counting Down To School Edition (8/8)

 Yes, the clock has started at our house. I'll be heading off to be a trombone consultant for an old friend/student's band camp starting tomorrow, and my wife's summer days are numbered. Here it comes, lurching towards us like a misaligned tractor with a flat tire and three bales of hay stuck in the wheel well. In the meantime, here are some reads from the week.

Dyslexia Industry Scores California Court Victory

Well, that's one way to commandeer a district's reading program--use the courts. Thomas Ultican has the story of the California district where students will now get an extra helping of DIBELS, among other things.

Students Say Teach The Truth

From Learning for Justice. An award winning teacher asked actual human students about the "crt" panic. I missed this a month ago, but it's still worth your attention.

"Public education sucks" is a weak argument for school choice

Yes, Robert Pondiscio is a choice fan through and through. But he's not wrong when he picks apart one argument choicers use to make their case.

A $5 million fine for classroom discussions on race?

Well, yes. That's what Tennessee has proposed, and now a Mom for Liberty is taking the new law out for a spin. From Eesha Pendharker at Education Week.

Texas teachers say GOP's new social studies law will hinder and entire generation

The Texas Tribune talked to some actual teachers about how Texas's new anti-race stuff law will diminish a generation's understanding of the country's history.

Innovation Invites Hucksters

This New York Times piece isn't writing about education, except it kind of is. Beware technology soaked in snake oil.

Machine Learning Sucks At Covid

Cory Doctorow takes a look at some AI tools, and he hits hard. I'm going to give you the lead because it's kind of awesome:

The worst part of machine learning snake-oil isn’t that it’s useless or harmful — it’s that ML-based statistical conclusions have the veneer of mathematics, the empirical facewash that makes otherwise suspect conclusions seem neutral, factual and scientific.

Completing this trio of pieces, a pair of law professors in the New York Times explain why AI is not the special magical soup it's sold as. And what Europe is doing about it.

As I've posted previously, Idaho has an education indoctrination task force, headed up by their ambitious Lt. Governor. Ed Week checks in to see how that's going (spoiler alert: very scarily).

There's innovation, and then there's innovation. Nancy Flanagan offers some thoughts about reimagining education. 

Steven Singer contemplates the measures that need to be on the table for the coming fall.

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