Let’s Not “CRT” And “Groomer” SEL. Plus, What’s Old Is New On Sloppy Poll Trends? Fake Vax Cards, Northern Reads…More!

I’m in California for the BARR Center annual conference – first time in-person in a few years. BARR does – shhhhh – SEL work for teachers. Great results from independent evaluations. And they’re a client so all the usual disclosures and disclaimers. But, if you needed a reminder that our culture wars are dumb this …

Odds & Ends…And Again, The Ed Sector’s Eliteness

What I’ve written: I have a short commentary in The 74 today about the Spencer Cox veto of a bill aimed the transgender students and sports issue. What I’ve read: A few interesting things this week, with implications for education. This survey data on special education parents is worth your time. People keep talking about pandemic …

Should President Biden Forgive Student Loans? And If So, How?

The intersection of politics and policy in education is on display in the debate over whether, and how much, President Biden should forgive federal student debt. Progressive groups are demanding robust relief. Some want total, some $50,000. The idea of $10,000 is something the President has been warmer to, but has not fully embraced. Others …

Whiplash On Masks, Pensions, People Disagree!

Whiplash anyone? Here in Virginia, just a few weeks ago, really a couple of weeks, anyone who questioned masking in schools was regarded as indifferent to public health at best, straight up racist at worst. It was a big issue! Yesterday, the legislature passed bipartisan legislation that will prohibit school districts from mandating masking. That’s …

The Last Things Progressives And Conservatives Agree On Are Snitch Culture And Censorship (& Maybe Masks?), Plus The Teacher Shortage: This Time We Mean It! Reader Feedback, More…

We’re talking about Black History Month on Bellwether’s AOTH blog. I wrote about Zora Neale Hurston as a historical hero. When Zora Neale Hurston died in 1960 at 69 she was basically broke, living in a public home, having worked most recently as a substitute teacher and a maid. Thirteen years later, Alice Walker found …

Closure? And What Are Schools For Anyway? Chicago Still Matters…More Edumusic

As I mentioned in December I don’t have a big take on the whole “should schools stay open?” debate. That’s because it seems situational to me and there are a whole bunch of secondary questions like what’s the local context with regard to Covid and other things, for whom should they be open, how, etc…* …

Wit & Wisdom In The Dock…Why Are People Freaking Out About Great Minds? 100Kin10, Substitutes, Virginia, Transportation & More…

Hope you had a good weekend, hopefully not arguing with relatives about politics unless you enjoy that kind of thing. Congratulations to 100Kin10 on their impact, Bellwether helped them assess and evaluate their data earlier this year.  Here’s an education playbook from ExcelinEd. Recommend this deep dive on integration from Minneapolis. Former Bellwarian, current Seattle Public …

Election Reax

A little election reax. I did an interview with The 74, it’s a 5 questions kind of deal. The post-mortem you need to read. @KevinMahnken talks to @arotherham about the aftermath of what most educators said they always wanted: An election where K-12 issues were front and center. @The74 https://t.co/3O0ZvlvmGb — Andrew Brownstein (@Misterodney) November …

Today In Targets…Letters…And Ozy’s Edu Audience. Plus Learning Loss Pragmatism…

Bellwether’s Brian Robinson on learning loss: It’s time to move beyond the semantics of what to call the problem and instead figure out what we’re going to do about it. Yesterday Merrick Garland announced that DOJ would take a look at what’s happening with regard to school board meeting protests and parents threatening school officials. …

School Transportation – A Legit Crisis? Designer Genes, NCLB Tropes, More…

Some odds and ends: We do know how to teach kids to read, so it’s worth asking why we often don’t?  Everyone loves to hate on Success Academy but it’s hard to argue with this kind of agility – and they have more than 20k kids so it’s not about size. Mark Twain remarked that nothing …