Is it just us or have a spate of news stories lauded how wonderful the schools in Finland are? It’s almost like the Finnish government sponsored a junket there for education reporters or is waging some sort of P.R. campaign….
Fashionable in Paisley
Paisley, Oregon, is embracing charter schooling to cope with state budget cuts as well as declining enrollment. Might not be what some charter supporters have in mind, but it’s a great strategy to stave off consolidation and is working so far.
NRO: Kerry College Plan to Undermine the Republic!
We knew the stakes were high in the coming election but had no idea just what was at stake. Writing on National Review Online William Dennis says that Senator Kerry’s college aid plan is not only bad policy but “harmful to a free society”!!!
The Kerry camp can probably rest easy on this one. If the freshest criticism of Kerry’s plan to link some college aid to national service is a tired rehash of the old arguments against national service, then they’re in pretty good shape on this issue.
PS–Dennis isn’t completely wrong. We still don’t know enough about the interaction between college aid and institutional behavior, and it may well exert a negative influence. But, while researchers and analysts sort that out it’s OK to advance policies expanding access to higher education.
Hmmm….There are plenty of criticisms of how President Bush and Secretary of Education Rod Paige have handled No Child Left Behind and other issues too. Yet an Education Writers Association awards banquet may not have been the best forum to raise them…it does sort of reinforce the notion that a lot of the NCLB coverage has been really slanted…
More Columbine Sensibility
Great piece in Slate.
Love in a time of public policy…
PPI’s Marc Magee and former PPI fellow Kathleen Porter tied the knot this weekend telling the New York Times that their policy differences help keep things fresh.
Mayoral Control in Washington: If at first you don’t succeed…
The D.C. City Council did not buy Mayor Williams’ plan to take control of the beleaguered District of Columbia Public Schools so he’s modifying it.
Meanwhile, the ambitious goals for the new D.C. voucher program seem to be getting less ambitious all the time…stay tuned…
Will No Child Left Behind’s student transfer provisions help kids?
Researchers at the Northwest Evaluation Association say be careful it’s about growth and value-added instead, but the Chicago Sun Times has data indicating yes, at least in the Windy City.
We know one thing, it’s a boon for researchers!
New York Times does Higher Ed
The new Education Life package features articles on virtual schools, B-schools, and the online hook-up culture for college students.
Historical Brown Out?
Jonathan Zimmerman writes in the LA Times that one legacy of Brown is sanitized textbooks and incomplete, milquetoast history. Pretty provocative stuff in the midst of the Brown anniversary, but it’s hard to argue with Zimmerman’s main point.
And it’s probably OK to acknowledge an unintended side effect of Brown now, fifty years later, right? After all, hardly anyone thinks now that Brown was a bad idea. No one now in government would have written something like,
“I realize that it is an unpopular and unhumanitarian position for which I have been excoriated by liberal colleagues, but I think Plessy v. Ferguson was right and should be reaffirmed.”
Of course not, no one! Surely not the current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in a memo to Justice Jackson, for whom who he clerked during Brown…
Want more of a Zimmerman fix? Check out Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools.