Odds & Ends

Big thanks to the team from the NYC Charter School Center for some great guestblogging last week.  If you missed it scroll the posts below.

In Ed Week Michele McNeill turns in a good look at the debate over federally-funded tutoring in No Child Left Behind. The tutoring industry has done a poor-job of self-regulating, states have done a lousy job policing quality, so quality is not surprisingly quite mixed.  But, the idea of giving extra services to kids in struggling schools has an obvious appeal.

In The Times Paul Krugman has a fiery column about the protests and inequality. Key line:

The way to understand all of this is to realize that it’s part of a broader syndrome, in which wealthy Americans who benefit hugely from a system rigged in their favor react with hysteria to anyone who points out just how rigged the system is.

True enough, but from this educorner of the world it would be great to hear more about how lousy public education for the poor contributes to structural inequality and limited social mobility. And it’s not the wealthy defending that system from change…

2 Replies to “Odds & Ends”

  1. We can agree the education system is lousy, although our policy beliefs are very different. But do you have any evidence that the education system is hurting the economy? We have a ton of evidence to the contrary. If you want to help kids, given your lack of evidence, don’t blame educators for the sins of the educational and economic systems.

  2. Message from TEA Party rally, “I want to keep more of my paycheck!”

    Message from Occupy Wall Street, “I want someone else to pay more of my college bills!”

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