Odds & Ends: New CRT Survey, Rural Ed, Eric Adams Pre-Takeaway, Edsall On Ed, More!

What does it say about our sector that it falls to the Marxist who wrote a whole book criticizing reform and schooling to write the most straightforward stuff about the patent absurdity of our testing “debate?” It’s at least entertaining I guess. Rural education blog series via Bellwether – rural is more diverse than perhaps you …

Odds & Ends: Holidays, Panic Has A Point Worth Discussing, History…

I’ve walked the Normandy beaches a few times in my life. It’s a windswept place, damp and desolate in winter even more than most beach towns. Yet on warm summer days people are on the beaches enjoying them. That can seem jarring and almost disrespectful if you consider a place like Omaha Beach to be …

Odds & Ends: ARP Plans, CRT, 14% Of Charlottesville Parents Asking WTF? More…

I wrote in The 74 about the debate over transgender students and sports and why and how I think we can do better. Guest post below from Shilpi! This is a pretty good take on the CRT wars, that might help answer the why so little attention to the structural problems in education at a time …

Odds And Ends: If It Bleeds It Leads, Algebra, Book Thought Experiment, More!

Don’t miss Bellwether’s annual report and we’re hiring for a pretty key role – COO. If it bleeds it leads, as they say. This is one way coverage in the education sector is distorted. Another is an adult-focused politics, so more stories about battles between adults about school opening than say about millions of kids missing …

Do The Winds Of Change On Democratic Education Politics Blow In A Circle?

As you probably heard, on Friday West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, said he’d oppose the nomination of Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management.* OMB is the powerful agency in the Executive Office of the President that sets an administration’s budget and program priorities and oversees regulation across government. Given a 50-50 …

This Elite Guy Has A Point!

In today’s New York Times Harvard professor Michael Sandel decries elitism, and in particular educational credentialism and prejudice. (Yes…) The credentialist prejudice is a symptom of meritocratic hubris. By 2016, many working people chaffed at the sense that well-schooled elites looked down on them with condescension. This complaint was not without warrant. Survey research bears out …

Five Easy Theses*

The post below is by guest blogger Mike Goldstein. 1. Richard Whitmire: “Charter School Students Graduating From College at Three to Five Times National Average.” Wonks behold: an original data set (plus commentary). <<We identified nine large charter networks with enough alumni to roughly calculate degree-earning success rates.” >>  I agree with his premise.  KIPP nudged other charters …

Sushi Oppression! LGBT On Campus, Income Gaps In Higher Ed, School Closings, WA State Cribbing, NAACP On Testing, And Chocolate Scams

Lindsey Graham is leaving the presidential race. This has absolutely no bearing on education policy. All the education news links you need curated right here. Fusion food is now the face of oppression at Oberlin. Aren’t there a lot of working class kids in Ohio would suffer through lousy sushi and steamed General Tso’s chicken for a …