Latest News and Comment from Education

Sunday, February 28, 2021

CATCH UP WITH CURMUDGUCATION + ICYMI: Unsurprised But Disappointed Edition Sunday, February 28, 2021

CURMUDGUCATION: ICYMI: Unsurprised But Disappointed Edition (2/28)

Unsurprised But Disappointed Edition 

Well, it didn't take long for Biden to return to his corporate ed reform roots. Not a surprise, but even when hope is a very tiny thing with very small feathers, it's a bummer when a big cat chomps it up. Time to move on. Here's some reading from the week.

America prefers teachers who offer themselves as tribute. And that needs to stop.

Myriam Gurba at lulzcollective with a hardhitting piece looking at that damned hero teacher myth.

"When I'm gone..."

Accountabaloney looks at the issues of missing students, and the dominoes that are going to fall because of them.

Learn To Earn

At Have You Heard, Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire talk to Cristina Groeger about a topic that is often on my mind--why the whole "educate the poors and they will become not-poors" doesn't, and can't, work

Teachers Unions aren't the obstacle to reopening schools  

At the New Yorker, Sarah Jones takes a more balanced look at what thee real problems are (hint: years of infrastructure neglect aren't helpful)

US Ed Department Promotes Putting Student Records on Blockchain

Cointelegraph caught this grant from the department of creepy developments.

We Don't Need Standardized Testing in a Pandemic

I wrote about this Jersey Jazzman piece this week, and if you still haven't read it, here I am telling you again to go read it.

The Most Important "Skill" In A Post-Covid World

Joshua Hatala blogs about schools, the pandemic, and the new post-modern demand that students "figure it out" as they contemplate life and the world.

Education Development Center and Urban Collaborative

Thomas Ultican takes another deep dive into another group of education disruptors.

A History of Technological Hype

At the Kappan, Victoria Cain and Adam Laats take a look at the long, sad history of technological baloney. A good swift overview.

Standardized Testing during the Pandemic is Corporate Welfare Not Student Equity

Steven Singer lays it out.

Teachers, Testing and Why We Might Just Chill

Nancy Flanagan on why we could maybe just take a breath about the whole testing thing. 

Why Aren't There More Black Teachers?

Rann Miller at The Progressive addresses what should be one of our major concerns in education these days.

Philly-based group launches $3.12 million initiative to develop Black teachers

In the Philadelphia Inquirer, a look at a group that has a plan  for expanding the Black teaching force. Their allies aren't necessarily friends of public education, but this is work that needs to be done.

My Complete, Unedited Review of Doug Harris's Book, Charter School City

It's been a long journey, but here te indispensable Mercedes Schneider finally publishes her full review of Harris's book about New Orleans and its charter conversion. In the process, she provides some useful on-the-ground insights into the gutting of public education in NOLA

Who's assessing the assessment?

At the Kappan, a detailed look at just how very bad edTPA really is, and how Pearson fights back, again, against any criticism.

Instead of surveillance, try an ethic of care

John Warner at Inside Higher Ed looks at student surveillance and sees a better way, including radical notions like "an easy way to judge whether or not something violates an ethic of care for students is whether or not I would agree to be subjected to the same requirement as a condition of doing my work."

Schools face a substitute teacher crisis

NBC news picked up this piece from Hechinger Report which is somehow mystified that terrible pay and conditions have exacerbated the long-stewing sub crisis. A little infuriating, but still worth the read.

England's catch-up tutors ae being short-changed by private employers

Somebody's making a bunch of money from the covid make-up tutoring business in England, but it's not the teachers who are doing the actual work.

New Morehouse College Program Encourages Black men to complete unfinished degrees

From NPR, a good idea being developed.

Representative Jamaal Bowman educating an uninformed mom on BLM won late night

It has been pretty damn cool to see teacher Bowman make his mark in DC, and this week he also appeared on Stephen Colbert's show, winning the attention of the folks at Vulture. 

Joe Biden Made One Campaign Promise That Really Mattered To Teachers. He Just Broke It. - by @palan57 on @forbes

Big Standardized Test Test
Supporters of testing, testocrats, and all other folks insisting that the Biden administration made the right call because the 2021 (including all these reformy groups that sent a thank you note)-- can we take a moment to assess your own test-related ideas? For the "Parents Need To Know How Their Kids Are Doing" folks: Create a short video in which you display a real individual student result pri
Mark Weber's Three Critical Testing Questions
This is not the first time I've piggy-backed on a post from Mark "Jersey Jazzman" Weber, but sometimes what he posts just sets a bright blazing lightbulb off in my head. Weber is a certified PhD-carrying academic of data crunching, and he is an absolute master of rendering complicated ideas comprehensible to civilians, and that's what he's done with his post about why " We Don't Need Standardized
Biden Administration Won't Waive Big Standardized Test. Dammit.
The Biden administration has offered its first flat-out wrong decision in the education sphere. Today Acting Ed Secretary Ian Rosenblum sent a letter out to state education chiefs . The news was not good, outlining the bad reasons for its bad decision. To be successful once schools have re-opened, we need to understand the impact COVID-19 has had on learning and identify what resources and suppor
Big Brother Knows What's In Your Heart
Well, this is creepy. Before the pandemic, Ka Tim Chu, teacher and vice principal of Hong Kong's True Light College, looked at his students' faces to gauge how they were responding to classwork. Now, with most of his lessons online, technology is helping Chu to read the room. An AI-powered learning platform monitors his students' emotions as they study at home. The software is called 4 Little Tre
ICYMI: Neither Cat Nor In Cancun Edition (2/21)
This week seemed.... long, somehow. It's a big list this week. Remember to share, and take a minute to hug someone you love, too. Stop calling this generation 'lost.' Selena Carrion has written a really great piece about students and remote learning and the rhetoric surrounding our current flap. I wrote about this and shared it, but if you still somehow haven't seen it, now's your chance. The Fis
Report: Global Ed Privatization Under Covid-19
Education International released a report last summer. Written by Ben Williamson (University of Edinburgh, U.K.) and Anna Hogan (University of Queensland, Australia), " Commercialisation and privatisation in/of education in the context of Covid-19 " is sixty-some pages of thorough research and


 Big Education Ape


Reopening high schools gets ugly, divisive in Bay Area district where rich and poor mix

Two High School Students Discuss Returning To School After A Year Of Virtual Learning

Parents Erupt Over FDA Failure To Regulate Toxic Metals in Food - POLITICO -

How A Poor School Groundskeeper Took On Monsanto And Won - PopularResistance.Org -

Choosing Democracy: Celebrate Black History Month- Honor Front Line Workers -

Substitute teacher crisis forces districts to turn to local businesses - via @hechingerreport

School leaders warn that not every student will be able to get an in-person slot this academic year

California Keeps Youth Out of Adult Court

Jeff Bryant: Biden Has a “Golden Opportunity” to Strengthen Public Education | Diane Ravitch's blog - via @dianeravitch

Big Education Ape: CATCH UP WITH CURMUDGUCATION + ICYMI: Unsurprised But Disappointed Edition Sunday, February 28, 2021 -

Big Education Ape: EdAction in Congress February 28, 2021 - Education Votes -

Big Education Ape: Marva Collins, Black Educator Hall of Fame - Philly's 7th Ward #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe -

Big Education Ape: California: Charter Operators Will Repay the State at Least $215 Million | Diane Ravitch's blog -

Big Education Ape: Poll: A majority of Americans think teachers should be vaccinated before reopening schools - Vox #openonlywhensafe -

Big Education Ape: Attacks against teacher unions uncovers anti-educator nature of Bloomberg and Republicans – North Texas Daily -

Big Education Ape: Education Matters: DCPS try's to trick parents into sending their kids back into school... during a pandemic. -

Big Education Ape: NANCY BAILEY: Why Teachers Might Still Not Believe It’s Safe to Return to In-Person School #tbats #REOPENSCHOOLSSAFELY #openonlywhensafe -

Big Education Ape: Denisha Jones: The Day Joe Biden Lied to Me About Standardized Testing | Diane Ravitch's blog -

Big Education Ape: A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH -


Big Education Ape TOP POSTS THIS WEEK 2/27/21 #JusticeIsTheFoundation: New Data on Racial Equity and Racial Justice Funding in Education Philanthropy | Schott Foundation for Public Education TOP POSTS THIS WEEK Saturday, February 20, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #REOPENSCHOOLSSAFELY #TOPBANANAHEADLINES #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINE

 Big Education Ape