Monthly Archives: April 2014

Why Education Reform is Probably Not The Best Way to Fight Poverty

Doug Lemov is skeptical that I’m right about education being a (relatively) ineffective way of fighting poverty. His response is thoughtful and deserves a response of its own. First, it’s worth being clear that the only claim I’m prepared to advance and defend is that education reform is not the best way to fight poverty […]

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Reformers and International Comparisons

On Tuesday at This Week in Ed I asked what the evidence is that education reform is the best way to fight poverty. The domestic evidence doesn’t strike me as obvious, but I was especially curious about the international evidence. After writing that post I started nagging people on Twitter to tell me which countries have […]

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Some Advice for Common Core Supporters

Yesterday at TWIE I gave CCSS supporters a hard time for seeming to give up the affirmative case for the new standards: These days supporters seem to dedicate most of their time to assuring us that the CCSS are not to blame for “fuzzy” math curriculua or “whole language” or questionable history assignments. We are even told that it’s just as […]

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VAM and Status Quo Bias

Yesterday at This Week in Ed I wrote about the American Statistical Association’s report on value-added modeling in education: [I]f you were to hear about this report only from the staunchest, most ideological opponents of VAM, you would think it says something else entirely. Valerie Strauss, for instance, claims the report “slammed” the use of VAM […]

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#EduFictionMoviePitches

After watching the trailer for Scarlett Johansson’s new action flick last week, Marc Porter Magee and I agreed that the movie seemed perfectly acceptable until Morgan Freeman intoned that “most human beings only use 10% of their brain’s capacity”. I’m pretty forgiving when it comes to contrived movie gimmicks, but as an explanation for the […]

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