Interesting paper from Bridgespan on next generation learning initiatives. Tom Friedman hearts Waiting for Superman. And an op-ed from the President of Strayer lays out the contours of the debate over for-profit higher education and accountability. If nothing else that debate is going to finance the college tuition of a lot of lobbyists’ children.
Update: More on the polls. First, while Gallup/PDK find low-approval for President Obama on education and a drop in support it does not seem keyed to his policies. Why? When Gallup/PDK or Ed Next digs down on a host of those you find bipartisan support. Rather, the education approval numbers seem to be referred pain from his overall low-approval numbers. If you only look at the (in my view badly worded) question on turnarounds of course it will look different. Update: Unfair to only pick on Ed Week, others bit on this, too.
Second, although the number has remained roughly consistent over time, about 4 in 10 public school parents say they’d change schools if they could. From a pure loyalty and market share perspective that should be a troubling number for the public school establishment but instead they take comfort from the 60 percent.
Third, my friends in the charter world are gaga over the record high support for charters in the PDK/Gallup poll. But I wouldn’t pop the champagne just yet, that support seems fragile. Indeed, check out Ed Next’s poll and some other polls that are out there. The public may like charters but it’s unclear they have any idea what one is! In Ed Next even 1 in 4 teachers said charters charge tuition.