I have a ton of stuff for you this week. Enjoy.
Former SAT Official Blows the Whistle
Yeah, you probably caught this story this week, but since every single person in the world should see it, I'll put it here just in case. Here's Mercedes Schneider's look at the former College Board official who is blowing the whistle on just how big a sham the new SAT is.
A great, simple, direct statement about what's wrong with the reading standard that some states like New York have chosen to build ELA around.
When Success Leads To Failure
In the Atlantic, Jessica Lahey (the Gift of Failure writer) talks about the negative effects of the pressure to succeed.
Equality of Opportunity
You may or may not agree with this piece, but you'll be better for figuring out why you do or don't. A hard look at why equality of opportunity may not be a good idea for anybody.
When the Neighborhood Gentrifies and the School Doesn't
From Slate and Jessica Huseman, a look at what happened in one gentrified Portland neighborhood that pushed out the residents, but left the school.
Only 2% of Teachers Are Black and Male: Here's How We Might Fix That
One of the largest problems in education today-- a teaching pool that is mostly white and female. Here's what they're doing in Pittsburgh to try to address that issue.
Mr. Lemov Meet Madeline Hunter and Many Others Who Discovered the Same Things and Gave Credit Where Credit Was Due
Well, the title doesn't leave much to wonder about. If you are tired of Mr. Teach Like a Champion, here's a great explanation of why you are right to be annoyed.
The Horror of Charter School Finance
One more explanation of how charter schools are gutting public education
Third Way in Education Not the Answer
One more writer figures out that the Third Way is just the same old way-- the way private interests try to raid the piles of money tied up in public ed
Choosing a School for my Daughter in a Segregated City
You probably saw this already-- folks on all sides of the ed debates were passing it around this week. Brings some of the issues in education right down to the human level.
CPS Newly Posted Job Executive Director of Personalized Learning Comes with a Dire Warning
Looks like Chicago is next to jump on the personalized- competency based education bandwagon. That's terrible news for Chicago. CURMUDGUCATION: ICYMI: Mega-edu-bloggo-reading: