A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Fire all the teachers? Yes, that will work
Tuesday, 2 Mar, 2010 – 19:36 | Comments Off
Fire all the teachers? Yes, that will work

It’s unfortunate that the AFL-CIO did its job today and jumped into fray in a Rhode Island district that’s firing the entire staff at the low-performing Central Falls High School.
Unfortunate because that gives more ammo …

A SWAT for making school budget cuts a race issue
Thursday, 14 Jan, 2010 – 22:44 | Comments Off
A SWAT for making school budget cuts a race issue

I don’t know Paul Gibson from Adam. I have no idea if he’s white, black, green or purple. I don’t know if he’s liberal or conservative.
But I do know that if his take on a …

Rolling along with sight words. So what.
Thursday, 17 Dec, 2009 – 14:14 | Comments Off
Rolling along with sight words. So what.

A full eight months before he’s to start kindergarten, Boots already knows a half-dozen “sight” words.
I’d never say this to his face because it would break his little heart, but so what?
Yeah, yeah. I know. …

Creating education road kill in the ‘Race to the Top’
Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2009 – 0:50 | Comments Off
Creating education road kill in the ‘Race to the Top’

Aw, you knew it was coming.
You just knew that Arne Duncan, the reigning monarch of merit pay and cheerleader in chief for charter schools, was going to find some state somewhere to some how make …

Develop a national test before deciding what to teach is backward
Monday, 22 Jun, 2009 – 20:01 | 2 Comments
Develop a national test before deciding what to teach is backward

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s plan to start developing a national test before anyone’s even come up with national standards is far worse that putting the cart before the horse.
It’s more like hitching up Secretariat …

Another charter school “success” story
Sunday, 31 May, 2009 – 20:49 | Comments Off
Another charter school “success” story

American Indian Public charter school in Oakland has a history of students with high poverty rates who achieve some of the highest standardized test scores in the California.
It also has a history that includes shaving  …

The case against rigid standards
Thursday, 14 May, 2009 – 21:38 | Comments Off

Standards are good – they’re a framework for building a solid education.
Problem is, though, they’re only a framework, just as the human skeleton is the framework for the body. And just like the human body, the …

Intel chairman’s right about one thing: We need to talk about education
Wednesday, 13 May, 2009 – 0:37 | Comments Off
Intel chairman’s right about one thing: We need to talk about education

Give Intel Chairman Craig Barrett credit for two things: He’s no Johnny Come Lately to the issue of education reform, and he’s willing to put his money where his mouth is sometimes.
Make that three things: …

NCLB, seven years and still bullying strong
Thursday, 8 Jan, 2009 – 0:48 | 2 Comments
NCLB, seven years and still bullying strong

Happy Birthday, No Child Left Behind.
You were born seven years ago today as the federal government’s first major foray into education reform. Through testing and bludgeoning, you were supposed to be the solution to the …

A wish for the new education secretary
Wednesday, 17 Dec, 2008 – 1:10 | One Comment
A wish for the new education secretary

If the chief knock against Arne Duncan is that the education secretary-designate is not an educator, there’s little cause for worry.
The last time the party changed in the White House the education secretary’s resume included …

Why our kids struggle in math: It all adds up
Tuesday, 25 Nov, 2008 – 15:07 | Comments Off
Why our kids struggle in math: It all adds up

Am I smarter than a fifth-grader? Jury’s still out on that, but I did flunk sixth-grade math last night.
Big Guy’s cousins came over after school, and everyone decided to do their homework immediately instead of …

A $1b a year failure, courtesy of NCLB
Thursday, 20 Nov, 2008 – 14:11 | 2 Comments
A $1b a year failure, courtesy of NCLB

I’ve done a fantastic job showing Big Guy how to tie his shoes. He knows everything he needs to know to tie his shoes. But he still can’t tie his stinking shoes.
And there are accusations …