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

The 10 Most Annoying People of 2011: The pundit class (and not because of their punditry)

Ironic that the journalists who make up the pundit class are responsible for propagating some of the year’s most pestiferous cliches: “At the end of the day” … “Kicking the can down the road” … “Game changer” (which seamlessly doubles as a sports bromide) On a positive note, usage of “a perfect storm” seems to … Continue reading The 10 Most Annoying People of 2011: The pundit class (and not because of their punditry)

A Yankee bred, British educated journalist settles in Atlanta

His verdict? Atlanta is built for spring and fall—the pleasant seasons, and Atlanta is a profoundly pleasant city. The Economist piece is a bit more favorable than you’d expect. As an Atlanta native who fears the city’s best days are behind it, I found Jon Fasman’s take a bit reassuring.

Notes on a scandal

Engrossing stuff: State report depicts Parks Middle as example of problems in district A few weeks later, teacher Damany Lewis told investigators, [Principal Christopher] Waller approached him with an unusual question: “Do you think you could get into something undetected?” Lewis, who gave investigators an extensive statement admitting his role in the cheating, answered yes. … Continue reading Notes on a scandal

A roar from the dinosaur

The AJC’s reporting on the Atlanta Public Schools scandal demonstrates once again why the so-called old media is as relevant as ever. After The Atlanta Journal-Constitution began reporting evidence of possible cheating in Atlanta Public Schools, the school system commissioned an expert to challenge the findings. The results, issued in May, validated the AJC’s reporting, … Continue reading A roar from the dinosaur

Why do so many right-wingers insist on being jerks?

A Breitbart blogger posts: There has been widespread condemnation of the violence directed against journalists covering events in Egypt–and there should be.  But honestly,  I don’t have a great deal of sympathy for those who have been attacked. Journalists have a job to do,  but when they take huge risks for the sake of ratings … Continue reading Why do so many right-wingers insist on being jerks?

Point being?

A Sunday profile, on Snooki? Really? Time to take your nose out of the air, New York Times.