Gender Equity & Sports, Who Lost San Francisco?

New Bellwether publications on rural education out today, focusing on Colorado but with clear takeaways for other places.  In China, tonight U.S. time, the United States Women’s Hockey Team plays Canada for the Gold Medal. It’s actually hard to overstate how dominant these two teams are, and if you follow D1 women’s hockey you see …

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…* …

What Drove Education Voters In Virginia? Plus Goldstein Goes Wild, Texeria, Jacobin, Hess, More…

This Michael Goldstein essay on evidence and education is excellent. Recommend. Also, what teachers are saying about teacher pay. Here’s a reasonable take on the CRT in schools debate: To be sure, voices on the political right, including Youngkin, must do better when it comes to specifying what they oppose. They, and we, would be better …

Odds & Ends – Multiple Culture Wars Explained, Bellwether Is Hiring, Your Next Classroom Might Be An Office? More…

More NAEP takes are coming this week. We heard from Morgan Polikoff, Marguerite Roza, and Sandy Kress. This week Ed Trust CEO Denise Forte. Bellwether is hiring. We’re hiring for a host of roles, join our 70 person – and growing – team. All the things you’re supposed to say are actually true – flexible work environment, …

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 …

Virginia Votes – Is The Ed Issue Fatal For Dems This Cycle? How To Fix That…

If we’re being honest, the most charitable explanation for the handling of a sexual assault by the Loudoun County Public School’s leadership is incompetence. It’s downhill from there. Even if they were under legal constraints relative to placing the accused student in an alternative setting their public communications have been dishonest, and officials clearly did …

Kaepernick And RBG Might Offer A Lesson For “CRT?”

Julia Galef has a great book recently out called The Scout Mindset. The world needs scouts and soldiers but Galef argues the scout approach has unique value. I’d say that’s especially true in a sprawling sector like education. Oversimplifying a bit, scouts seek to see things as they are and have habits around seeking dissenting …

When Do Teacher Free Speech Rights Collide With Welcoming School Culture?

First, why is the @ACLU taking the side of compelled speech? Second, Loudon County…again?! https://t.co/o9zCyZ3HWc — Robert Pondiscio (@rpondiscio) October 16, 2021 It’s Loudoun people! And since it’s emerging as a toxic edge case you’re going to hear about it more. More seriously, this is a take you are hearing a lot. But it seems …