Monthly Archives: January 2014

If There’s A War On Teachers, It’s Not Working. Why Not?

Last week at This Week in Ed I wrote that, contrary to some narratives, many people should still view teaching as an attractive profession: Certainly, the last decade of education reform has substantially changed the work of many teachers, especially elementary, math, and English teachers in low-scoring schools. Many other teachers, however, have experienced education […]

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Musical Interlude – Arcade Fire – It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus)

I was sort of underwhelmed by The Suburbs, but Reflektor is pretty good. James Murphy seems to have helped.

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Is StudentsFirst Conceding Permanent Achievement Gaps?

I missed this when it first came out, but back in October StudentsFirst apparently released a report called A Personalized Future for Education. If you cut through the platitudes about “teaching with a 19th century model” designed for the needs of an “industrial-based economy”, the report’s core recommendations are not obviously unreasonable: Personalized learning is a […]

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Musical Interlude – Elvis Costello & The Roots – I Want You

Wise Up Ghost is pretty good, but it turns out what I really wanted was The Roots backing Costello on some of his older tunes.

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