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How Much Do Reformers Think Job Security Is Worth To Teachers?

A couple of weeks back at This Week in Education I tried to explain why the Vergara decision in California doesn’t have easily-predictable major consequences, even if you hand-wave away all of the inevitable legal wrangling and assume tenure and seniority rules  for teachers do end up changing significantly. Partisans really don’t like thinking – or […]

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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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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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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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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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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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