Latest posts from Detroit

Oct 08 2013

Thinking about adult learning/development and the career path of a teacher

*This post is taken from a paper I wrote for graduate school. I’m posting it because I’m interested in getting feedback from people who don’t spend their life in a university library. I apologize for the length, but I don’t have the time to make them shorter.  It is an unfortunate irony that the attempts…

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Sep 19 2013

In which I state Diane Ravitch is Illogical, and argue that Eric Hanushek is unethical

(I apologize for the sassy tone below, but now that I’m in grad school I need a place to let out this side of me). I’m talking about Diane Ravitch and Eric Hanushek here. Actually, I can’t bring myself to talk about Diane Ravitch because the people who love to read her sweeping ad-hominem attacks…

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Aug 29 2013

Asking the Right Questions about Teacher Retention in Charter Schools

The New York Times has a story about the potentially deleterious effects of teacher turnover. Matt Yglesias, a fantastic blogger on economic issues and one of the best articulators of the pro-market progressive viewpoint, points out that we should really be asking how charter schools are able to produce comparable  results given their more inexperienced teachers, or in…

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Aug 20 2013

Why nitpick about charter school data when there are so many low performing district schools?

I had the pleasure last night of meeting someone in the teachforus comments who was to my right on educational policy issues. The rarity of such an occasion speaks more to those who populate this website than to my own beliefs, which I would describe as disagreeably centrist. Matt, this commenter, challenged me in a…

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Aug 19 2013

More thoughts on Democracy Prep, Common Core, and Defensive Reformers

As I’ve said a few times, the only people who I really consider enemies in the education debates are those who willfully distort or ignore data to reinforce prior held beliefs. Sadly, I’m beginning to realize that even with that narrow definition, my list of allies grows slimmer by the day. I often respect Mike…

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Aug 12 2013

The Difference Between Charter and Public: A Nuanced Look at NYC Common Core Data

In an initial take on the data from the new common core assessments in New York, Gary Rubinstein does something very interesting: He compares 2012 results with 2013 results for charter and public schools. Why is this so interesting? The common core assessments are supposedly test higher-order thinking skills. Therefore, schools that won accolades for…

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Aug 08 2013

Looking Closer at 40-year NAEP Educational Trends, Ed Historians Needed!

Paul Peterson, prolific and distinguished Harvard professor, has written a blog post discussing in more depth his WSJ Op-Ed on the apparent growth of the black-white achievement gap under President Obama, based a recent NAEP report discussing achievement gap trends from 1971 (in this circumstance, saying the more PC opportunity gap seems a little silly, but…

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Aug 06 2013

Thoughts on Tony Bennett: Honesty, Holistic Grading, and the Market Long-game

In case you missed it, Florida schools’ chief  Tony Bennett resigned last week because when he was chief of Indiana’s schools, he changed the grade of a school (Christel House) run by strong financial supporters of his causes from a C to an A. Rick Hess interviews Bennet right after the scandal breaks. He initially…

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Aug 06 2013

Asking questions when you know the answers: a case study in confirmation bias, EdNext edition

Before I discuss more comprehensively my critiques of market based school reforms, I thought I’d write about this new article in Education Next, written by Marc Holley, evaluation unit director at the Walton Family Foundation. The purpose of the study is to measure the effect of school choice on district schools. To do this,it performs…

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Aug 01 2013

The Persuasive and Progressive Case for School Choice, Vouchers, and For-Profit Education

I went to Wesleyan University, a far left paradise where the number of conservatives could be counted on two hands (one for students, one for faculty). Naturally, in my first education policy class, we all went crazy about the horribleness of the voucher/privatization movement. But despite our talk, when the professor played the devil’s advocate,…

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