Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Trouble With Bullying Prevention & Restorative Justice

From me, over at This Week in Education, on the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of anti-bullying interventions: The cynical take on this – that the anti-bullying programs are somehow causing the higher rates of bullying – is not obviously wrong. For example, there is evidence that bullies are at least as socially and emotionally competent as their peers, and […]

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Nobody Likes Good News About Education

After Politifact rated as “mostly false” Diane Ravitch’s claim about rising student achievement until NCLB, Andy Rotherham reluctantly came to her quasi-defense: Of all the false claims she’s lobbed out over the past few years, I’m not sure why they chose to go after her on that one where she’s more or less right.  She […]

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Musical Interlude – They Might Be Giants – She’s An Angel

The wife and I are going to see TMBG at UCLA tonight. They’re going to play the whole Pink Album, and I’m pretty excited about it. This isn’t just my favorite song from that LP, it’s one of my favorite songs, period.

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TWIE: New Teachers, Structure, and Education Discourse

I recently riffed on a post from TfA corps member Ryan Heisinger over at This Week in Ed: First, Ryan’s post provides a lot of insight into what many new teachers are looking for when they enter the classroom for the first time. He talks, for example, about appreciating his administrator’s “strong vision” for the school […]

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Musical Interlude – Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell

Chuck Berry’s birthday was last week. Here’s that song from Pulp Fiction.

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TWIE: Paying Teachers For Master’s Degrees is (Still) A Bad Idea

As I said at This Week in Ed, I seriously doubt paying teachers for MAs is a good use of money: The most common and intuitive defense of the master’s degree is probably that we should pay for it because we should value the professional qualifications of our teachers. Why shouldn’t we reward teachers who have invested […]

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TWIE: Don’t Think Of The Children!

At the end of September I took to This Week in Education to boldly declare myself anti-child: [T]he greater moral weight we tend – rightly or wrongly – to ascribe to children does seem to distort our views of education. I suspect this is one reason why discussions about higher education tend to be somewhat […]

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TWIE: There Is No Teacher Pension (or Ed Reform) Free Lunch

Back in September I put a piece up at This Week in Ed about teacher pension reform: In other words McGee and Winters are proposing sacrificing educators’ retirement security to achieve a system that is in some respects more fair and – perhaps – educationally more efficient. So there is no “free lunch” here; the […]

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Musical Interlude – Nico – These Days

Nico’s birthday is Wednesday. Here’s my favorite of her recordings, a song written by Jackson Browne.  And yes, I’m considering her stuff with the Velvet Underground.

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Even Educators Don’t Understand Transfer

Two months ago Harry Webb wrote a post about “attempts to educate teachers” that included a brief discussion of How People Learn, the National Research Council’s attempt to condense a vast research literature on learning for classroom use. I was reminded of my experience of reading HPL in grad school and wanted to write something in […]

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