No Test Score Left Intact

A fairly remarkable piece of journalism by the AJC, which analyzed test results for 69,000 public schools and found “high concentrations of suspect math or reading scores in school systems from coast to coast.” Suspicious test scores in roughly 200 school districts resemble those that entangled Atlanta in the biggest cheating scandal in American history, an … Continue reading No Test Score Left Intact

This post may require counseling

Fresh Loaf’s Gwynedd Stuart expresses some sympathy for Luis Rivera, the obviously contrite Gwinnett County math teacher forced to resign for crafting some rather ignorant word problems. Rivera’s 20-question homework assignment used slave beatings and picking cotton to link lessons about ex-slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass to math computation. One of the problems read: “If … Continue reading This post may require counseling

Shirley Franklin hates the media (cont’d)

According to a colleague, Atlanta’s former mayor was on the radio this morning blaming the media for the resignation of the city’s scandal-plagued schools superintendent, Beverly Hall. Franklin and Hall have a lot in common. Their tenures as mayor and superintendent, respectively, started strong but ended poorly. It’s the media’s fault.

Dumb-ass Americans

Three more cheers for the American education system (via Shit My Students Write): The rebel and onion armies showed grose negligence by having many of their battles right inside national parks, like Gettysburg. Although I am my own person, my relationship with my girlfriend of two and a half years has lead to a significant … Continue reading Dumb-ass Americans

Boehner (wisely) calls Obama’s bluff

The Ohio Republican, along with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), will introduce legislation on Wednesday to reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program, the speaker’s office said Monday, making a school voucher initiative that Democrats, including Obama, have strongly opposed as a bargaining chip for beginning discussions on the administration’s desired education proposals. … Teachers unions have … Continue reading Boehner (wisely) calls Obama’s bluff

Teachers unions can’t handle accountability

National and local teachers unions sharply criticized The Times on Sunday when the newspaper published a database of about 6,000 third- through fifth-grade city school teachers ranked by their effectiveness in raising student test scores. “It is the height of journalistic irresponsibility to make public these deeply flawed judgments about a teacher’s effectiveness,” said a … Continue reading Teachers unions can’t handle accountability

Preschool prom

In metro Atlanta and a few cities across the nation, some early childhood programs are giving their students a chance to experience prom, senior week and senior class trips before they march across the stage to receive their “diplomas.” The pomp and circumstance is part of a growing trend to introduce 4- to 6-year-olds to … Continue reading Preschool prom

an opportunity for conservatives to say something positive about obama

They should be encouraged by the words of Barack Obama’s education secretary. Not bloody likely. In deciding how to spend Race to the Top dollars, Duncan wants to reward programs that don’t see a child’s poverty as insurmountable, and that focus on raising academic standards, improving teacher quality and inspiring innovation. “It is not enough … Continue reading an opportunity for conservatives to say something positive about obama