What have they gotten into up there on 8th Avenue? It’s like catnip for school reformers. The Times’ editorial page again comes out hard on Race to the Top. Meanwhile the magazine takes a look at the SEED school, has a really smart package on “remaking education,” and Todd Farley discusses test-grading on the op-ed page.
What do toilet water and test scoring have in common? The Farley piece has implications around technology where, somewhat counterintuitively, the reliability problems are actually less. But no one wants to believe that because it challenges a deeply held belief. Likewise, although the technology exists to turn toilet water into clean drinking water – a big deal in places with water shortages — it’s a hard sell because it challenges a deeply held belief system as well.