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Five ways to find, pick and train principals better than we do now - new report PDF via @WallaceFdnow.ly/bT8ce

Texas business leaders accuse educators of ‘scaring mom’ about standardized tests ow.ly/1O9K0c@answersheet 

Will Obama address the @nea next month? If so he might get booed, says @Eia mike ow.ly/1O9K3u

The return of Rod Paige -- sort of The Root via @AISRow.ly/bTGqR

"Work-life balance is for lazy racists!" from @RoxannaElden's @edwrriters "superteacher" talkow.ly/bTskJ 

The perils of school gentrification [loss of Title I funding] from a parent's perspective NYT via @gothamschoolsow.ly/bTqwP



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Rod Paige's comments are surprisingly astute. Because he was education secretary at the time of that foolish legislation, No Child Left Behind, I began reading the interview from a position of considerable skepticism; but I suppose his four years of experience in that office and his time since to reflect have made him someone whose perspective should be sought. His "The War Against Hope", in spite of the typical Bush administration rhetorical overkill in the title, is also persuasive. Many perspectives are needed to form a clear, balanced overview of our educational problems and some possible solutions. Most people spend too much time only listening to one side these days. One reason to like Alexander's blog is that many points of view are represented, so it doesn't grow stale.

As i think, the war against hope is over now and the recession period is going to over in near future.

I’d agree that I was surprised at how well-rounded Paige’s blog turns out to be. I clicked on it expecting to find naught but pro-NCLB rhetoric.

If you clicked on something by Margaret Spellings, it would likely be NCLB all the time. She's surprisingly blind to that law's shortcomings, one of its last major defenders (you hear weak defences from the many who backed it at the time, regardless of how it has actually played out).

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