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Five Best Blogs: Raising Risk While Lowering Rewards

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Of Oversimplification and Education Bruce Smith:This tendency to seize on a success in a limited span of the academic spectrum with a limited section of the total student population and to then apply the principles discovered to every subject and all students is typical of people from fields outside education.

What's the matter with teachers today? Seattle Times: Teaching is one of the most criticized jobs in America. What's up with that? 

Reform Means Higher Risk, Lower Rewards Shanker Blog: In some places, risk is going up while compensation is being cut, sometimes due to the same legislation.

Obama's speech to high school also a subtle jobs bill pitch LAT: Still, as he delivered his annual back-to-school address at a District of Columbia public highschool, Obama told students he was trying to upgrade school buildings and fortify the ranks of classroom teachers. 

Is Title I About Poverty Anymore? Title I Derland:  Equity for poor children was the initial impulse behind the enactment of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. But that concept has faded. 


Is Bipartisanship Always Good? Eduwonk: Bipartisanship is supposed to be a good thing — except for when Republicans and Democrats come together to try to paper over our education problems.

Tending grandsons and schools Uncle Jay:  I let Ben and Tom wander around the apartment, pounding on whatever toys interest them. I check only occasionally to see if they are wet or hungry.

Do Rich People Know What’s Going On in Their Local Schools? Education Next: Beverly Hills and Palo Alto, California: Ann Arbor and Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Plano, Texas; Evanston, Illinois; Montgomery County, Maryland; and Fairfax County, Virginia:  None of them do much better than the international average.


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A comment on Joanne Jacobs' blog speaks scathingly of the methodology, on which I'm not qualified to comment.

However, it's an ongoing theme of reformy peeps -- our rich kids' schools are failing too -- sound the alarm! I did dissect a piece of gleefully dishonest material from San Francisco's zany, far-right Pacific Research Institute purporting to make the same point -- that fun bunch had taken some some trouble and employed clever wit to intentionally deceive.

I think it's safe to say that if the point were true and valid, they wouldn't need to use shoddy methodology (if the comment on Jacobs' blog is accurate) nor gleeful dishonesty and intentional deceit.

As the parent of urban-public-schooled kids, I take offense at the whole message -- our kids are pathetic, uneducated morons and we're too clueless to know it. I kind of guess this bogus message isn't likely to get much traction, since it is just as insulting to a lot of people more powerful and influential than I.

I'd like to meet up with the kids of these Jay Greene/Paul Petersen/Education Next types and see how much more brilliant and fabulously educated they are than mine. That would be instructive.

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