Notable posts

Student debt, social investment in education and the search for a basketful of school

At the Social Science History Association conference this year, there were “author meets critic” sessions on two important books, Kathryn Neckerman’s Schools Betrayed: Roots of Failure in Inner-City Education and Claudia Goldin and Laurence Katz’s The Race between Education and Technology. Together, the two books represent solid new work in understanding urban education (with Neckerman) […]

Magister economicus?

A few months ago, I became a ringer in an August 19 Ed Week chat with David Figlio and Jennifer Jennings. I’ve known economist David Figlio for about a decade, I’ve respected his work on Florida and accountability, and I’ve wanted to see how he’d respond to an argument from the young-Turk subfield of behavioral […]

On Wendy Kopp, TFA, and Linda Darling-Hammond

Back in June, I wrote a long entry on Teach for America and Linda-Darling Hammond’s critique of the Kopp organization and model. I had been puzzled at the claim by Kevin Carey and others that Darling-Hammond simply hated TFA with the type of bile that is usually attributed to Karl Rove, Bill Belichek, and others […]

Both Fish and Bérubé are wrong

Some years ago, I ran across someone who was so firmly convinced that schools were heterosexist, he thought that K-12 teachers should be forbidden from mentioning anything about their private lives lest they reinforce heteronormative assumptions. I asked, “Okay, so that means you can’t have a picture of your spouse or children on your desk?” […]

Critical thinking and cultural work

I have another hour or so of work to do before bed, out of a combination of weekend-long computer woes, an uncooperative body, scheduling near-misses, and a delayed plane. But as a result of Michael Bérubé’s visit this week, I’ve been thinking about What’s Liberal about the Liberal Arts? and his discussion of his classes. […]