The remainder of this week representatives from the Obama campaign will be here, then back to normal. Per this editor’s note, neither their blogging this week nor the McCain campaign’s last week constitutes an endorsement by ES. A couple of readers wanted to know why I invited each campaign during the opposite convention. The answer is logistics. Representatives from each campaign were less busy during the other party’s gathering so it made more sense. And, a few folks wanted to know why I wasn’t blogging on behalf of Obama. The answer there is lawyers, which causes some tiptoeing around the campaigns on the blog in its current form.
Couple of odds and ends.
Don’t miss this op-ed in the LA Times by Cory Booker, John Doerr, and Ted Mitchell. Sara Mead and I have a paper coming from Brookings looking at some similar ideas later this fall. And, speaking of Booker, he was a real undercard star at last week’s Democratic convention. At a series of events he caused a serious “wow” reaction among donors, activists, and wonks.
This story the other day in The Times about Texas teachers carrying guns in school is unbelievable and Onion-like. Apparently this is what it takes to get teachers some actual relevant and job-embedded professional development and some performance tools to help them do their jobs:
Teachers have received training from a private security consultant and will use special ammunition designed to prevent ricocheting, he added.
Someone call Justin Cohen.
I can get that college presidents are sick of having to act like police officers because of a drinking age of 21. But I’m not sure that just turning that problem over to high school principals makes a great deal of sense. The 21 drinking age has plenty of problems, not the least of which is the oft-cited point that we trust many 18-20 year olds in the military with the power to take life but not the responsbility to have a beer on a hot afternoon, but one consequence of lowering the age is that it will be even harder to keep alcohol away from younger kids than it is today.
I was out of pocket when Eduwonkette outed herself as Jennifer Jennings. The whole thing kind of speaks for itself and folks like Jay Greene have been quick to point out episodes where she tried to have more than one bite at the apple. Though I suspect she’ll tigthen up her act now, I really don’t care about anonymous blogging, that’s up to readers to judge in what is a supremely democratic medium. As this evolved it seemed more and more to me that the real problem here was Ed Week’s — our field’s most prominent newspaper — embrace of all this alongside its reporter’s own work. They, at least as much as Jennings, and in my view moreso, crossed some lines here and the focus has been on her not on that. The irony, is that Ed Week has a pretty strict policy on anonymous sourcing…Someone call Richard Colvin, he’ll sort it out… By the way, what I really want to know is whether she’s related to that guy from Jeopardy…
The District of Columbia Public Schools are looking for interns. This is a great chance to get some hands-on experience in an urban school district and see some leading edge reforms up close. I’ve spent time with past interns there and this is not envelope stuffing or coffee fetching. If you’re interested, email Susan Cheng.
And ASQ is looking for your ideas on what the next president should do about schools.
Finally, thanks to everyone who guestblogged here in August. Some great, and fun, content. And a lot of fish…