Notable posts

13 blog entries for 2013

I hope your last week has gone well. My children have returned from college for winter break, my family has visited several beaches, and my university is in the middle of its winter closure. So a little time for reflection, and here is the first part, a bit personal: my writing on this blog that […]

Overdone test preparation threatens the civil rights of students

Today is the 84th birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. When he and other civil-rights leaders fought for equal schooling in the decades after World War 2, they never would have imagined the level of test preparation we see today, test preparation falsely justified in the name of civil rights. In the name […]

Accountability Frankenstein 50% off trade paperback this week

Shamless plug alert: All Information Age Publishing titles are half-price this week for trade paperback editions when you order directly from the publisher, which means you can pick up Accountability Frankenstein for $23 plus shipping. You can also pick up Gene Glass’s Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnet Strips, Johanningmeier and Richardson’s Educational Research, the National Agenda, and […]

Burn the technocratic suck

Jeff Henig, writing last week as a guest at Rick Hess’s blog: [T]he high promise of policy by algorithm mutates into cause for concern when data are thin, algorithms theory-bare and untested, and results tied to laws that enshrine automatic rewards and penalties. Technocratic accountability policy happens to be one of my favorite fads to study, […]

It’s surplus education, stupid

In 1970 America spent about $228 billion in today's dollars on public schools. In 2007 that figure was $583 billion. True, some of the increase can be traced back to growing enrollments, better programs, and improved services for special-education and other students, but much of the increase is just a lot of spending without a […]