ESSA Webinar, ESSA Regulations, Cami Anderson @ TFA, Julie Squire, Sara Mead V. Kevin Huffman, Aliens!

Whiteboard Advisors/EdSurge webinar next week on what ESSA is all about. RSVP here.

Cami Anderson made news when she said that education reform has made things worse. Actually, no. What she said was that reform has not put a dent in the school-to-prison pipeline or possibly made that problem worse. Her remarks were taken out of the context of the discussion:

“Here is the inconvenient truth: Education, including education reform, is part of the problem,” said Cami Anderson, the polarizing former schools chief in Newark, N.J., and a 1993 TFA alumna. “We have not made a dent in the problem, and in some cases we’ve made it worse.”

You get it, the “problem” here is school-to-prison, that’s what the discussion she was leading was about and talking about it from a system level perspective. She wasn’t the only one making that point in the discussion either just the catchiest brand apparently. Anyway, Anderson has tried to clarify on social media with little impact because people aren’t trying to have a real conversation here. This is why we can’t have nice things in this sector. If you can’t even talk about problems and challenges without this kind of circus it’s really hard to drive much improvement.

Real issue: How often do you actually hear people talk about adjudicated youth?

If education were cancer research I guess The Washington Post would run a story about some disgruntled guy telling everyone to go to Venezuela for injections of palm oil during a Sloan Kettering conference. I wasn’t everywhere at the TFA conference but I didn’t hear anyone say charters are inherently superior to other public schools. In fact, I never hear that among anyone serious in this debate – including a lot of TFA alums. What you did hear at TFA was more diversity of views than you get at your average education conference.


Trend spotting: Julie Squire on mediating institutions. A SWAT team on student loans?

Curriculum standards and politically charged issues.  Also politically charged is the question of how much authority the Department of Education has to regulate under the new ESSA law. Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan didn’t help matters with his ‘our lawyers are smarter’ comment on the way out the door.

Sara Mead and Kevin Huffman thrown down over pre-K.

School choice advocate and author Andrew Coulson has passed.

“No one outside the cockpit has more control over how this flight’s going to go than this pretty little creature with the Hello Kitty backpack.”

The over-under on aliens.

3 Replies to “ESSA Webinar, ESSA Regulations, Cami Anderson @ TFA, Julie Squire, Sara Mead V. Kevin Huffman, Aliens!”

  1. Great spin Rotherham. As a prison teacher and twenty year plus teacher in urban schools in LA, NOLA and SAC, the school to prison pipeline is of great interest to me. I know you would like to think that charters aren’t by their nature part of the problem, but to some extent they are. You may not want to admit it, but almost all charters select their students to the exclusion of those students most likely to be incarcerated. And, you also won’t like to admit that charters attract and receive, additional resources that traditional public schools miss out on. The only way to slow this pipeline to to bolster all schools. Of course, doing this would be expensive and reveal the truth that poverty does matter, so it most likely won’t happen.

  2. David, before you get all worked up in a froth about this: I agree with her as should be evident from the post. You, of course, overstate the dynamic here because nuance is as alien to you as a visit to Mars but she has a really important point and it’s something we do work on.

  3. “nuance is as alien to you as a visit to Mars” Being in the trenches in NOLA, LAUSD, Sacramento and now in a level four state prison I do not think I am overstating this at all. Of course you would think so from your vantage point. Objectivity seems to be alien to you.

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