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CRPE is a great outfit I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with over the years in a few capacities. And its founder Paul Hill has been a good mentor to me, Robin Lake who leads it now is a wonderful colleague and friend. I was disappointed to miss their anniversary celebration because professional commitments had me elsewhere but don’t miss these papers looking at some foundational issues coming out of it.
I don’t know why people are talking their way around this: There is a tension in politics today that if you are someone who wants to see President Trump held accountable, but you also support expanding school choice you have something of a choice to make because charter politics are not great right now. Those are the electoral politics, the governing politics will be interesting to watch the next few years to see just how politically vulnerable charter schools remain. Here’s a look at where governors (including new ones) are on school choice.
This look at youth sports is worth checking out. In addition to the equity arguments it raises, I’ve come to agree with the idea that the way we do sports contributes to other health problems in our country. The constant weeding out makes people think sports are for other people, not for them, and contributes to the problem of inactive adults. That’s not to say we shouldn’t have elite sports for kids, but rather that we should encourage more robust recreation teams and not have all sports funnel into high school so young people have more opportunities to keep playing. That helps address the dream hoarding argument in a constructive way. Because if the idea is to keep people from doing what’s best for their kids, well, good luck with that. But we can collectively and individually take steps not to make sure the ladder isn’t getting pulled up behind less economically fortunate Americans.
Here’s Kevin Kosar’s son following in dad’s footsteps. Dad is a regular around here, older sister has turned up, and it turns out his son has a nose for catfish, too.
This was taken in Washington, D.C. right by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Pictures of kids with fish are hands down the best. But we take any picture of anyone education related around here with a fish. Click here and here for hundreds of them to give you an idea. Send yours!
American voters delivered a mixed verdict Tuesday. The House flipped to Democratic control, an unsurprising outcome given the political demographics and voter concerns about health care — a top Democratic priority — this cycle. Republicans made gains in the Senate, aided by a favorable map and fallout from the Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation fight. Races for governor were a mixed bag, but while marquee Democrats fell short, the party did pick up several important governorships in the Midwest, an outcome with 2020 implications.
Missing? Education. Sure, Minnesota’s new governor was a teacher and the new governor in Wisconsin was previously state education chief there, but despite the hype and the strikes, this midterm election turned on dynamics other than schools.
Still, that doesn’t mean the outcome won’t affect education policy. Here are five things to watch…
Austin Dannhaus has been around the education scene for a while but came to fishing late. Now, he’s making up for lost time. Here he is fishing the caddis hatch on the McLeod River in California.
Caddis are pretty ubiquitous bugs that trout at times go bananas for. They come up through the water column and then live in vegetation along water features – but not for that long. Trout will dial in on them in various stages of their life cycle and when they’re really keyed into something the fishing can be crazy.
Also, including a pretty nice dog pic.
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The other day I noted that Betsy DeVos’ husband was still giving to politics despite her pledge that wouldn’t happen. I’m sympathetic, who can get their spouse to do anything they don’t want to do? In any event, I double linked a Detroit News article rather than linking to the peg for that, this new CAP report.
Haven’t written about this Times story on Charlottesville and schools because while I get the conceit of using C’ville to make the point given recent history, it’s really a story you could write about all manner of education issues in Virginia (and many other places). In the case of the Old Dominion, racial gaps of various kids have persisted – and been swept under the rug – for a long time. The whole state accountability and accreditation regime is politically designed to stay ahead of this rather than confront the hard truths and the public relationists not the achievement realists run the show. So the ratio of happy talk to serious instructional improvement is less than ideal. When is the last time you really heard attention to the appalling gaps in Virginia – and not just on NAEP or the state’s tests but on measures like Advanced Studies Diplomas and other outcomes? And even in 2018 people still say some crazy stuff about why that is…That’s not to minimize anything in Charlottesville, but rather to say it’s a much broader problem that doesn’t get a lot of attention – and especially not in a polarized time because it doesn’t align neatly with left – right divides.
Every time I see a @HaillyKorman piece on school in juv justice facilities my initial reaction is “of course it isn’t as good”… Then, after a beat, think, “wait, why do I think that should be the assumption, and be OK?” It shouldn’t be. Great, important work. https://t.co/t3Z9fZw30v
A lot of money being spent on the Marshall Tuck race in California. (Full disclosure I think he’d made a great state chief there.) In politics winning forgives a lot, but if Tuck doesn’t win it’s worth asking (a) what the effect will be on how funders think about education politics and (b) how other politicians (and African-American politicians in particular) will perceive education reform funders, especially given the political landscape this cycle?
A fundamental question in ed tech is whether the ability to scale quality is the one thing that might drive equity across zip codes or whether it’s going to just result in a new kind of inequity. Given how these things usually play out I’m more concerned about the latter than excited by the former. But people can disagree and I hope to be surprised. This article in The Times takes a look at that question.
“This is scar tissue talking. We’ve made every mistake in the book, and I think we got it wrong with some of my kids,” Mr. Anderson said. “We glimpsed into the chasm of addiction, and there were some lost years, which we feel bad about.”
I know a lot of parents who feel that way, I do, too.
This Times story is at one level not shocking – people knew this was the deal – but also shocking in terms of just how blasé too many people are about using kids as pawns in a political fight. For all the talk about conservative privatizers and whatever, it’s these stunts that do more to undercut public schools than anything the most strident critics can cook up. Public ed’s biggest problem isn’t its opponents – it’s its friends.