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Update: If School Reform Is Class Conflict, A Social Justice Approach Could Hurt

Pale Fire | The New Yorker — Culture (@sr_culture) July 18, 2016 As I read it, this piece in The New Yorker (Pale Fire) suggests that the current conflict over education reform is in many ways the playing out of long-simmering white-on-white class conflicts. Show More Summary

And Now, A Word About Union Unity

Joe Thomas is the new president of the Arizona Education Association. He posted a tweet this morning. If AFT & NEA are stronger together, help me understand why the AFT-AZ Pres is intent on raiding my AEA locals. @rweingarten @Lily_NEA — Joe Thomas (@AZ1Thomas) July 21, 2016

#EDgif Of The Day: Middle Schoolers Print New Leg For Cute Penguin

Do you want to read how some kids 3D-printed a boot for a penguin named Purps? Yes, you do— Motherboard (@motherboard) July 19, 2016

Race to the Top for Tots: The Real Goal of Pre-K Education in the US

USNews reported on research concluding that "Early education is a disaster in the US" because of low teacher compensation and preparation. The study misses the point. The goal of pre-K in the US is to provide the private sector with another area of opportunity for profit. Show More Summary

AM News: Trump's Son Slams Schools, Struggle To Educate Migrants, & More

Donald Trump Jr. trashes U.S. public schools (though he didn't attend one)… See also EdWeek, This Week In Education. FEDS INVESTIGATE MEMPHIS SCHOOL DISTRICT OVER MIGRANT BIAS: Associated Press More Summary

Math teacher bashing on yahoo news.

Response to an article on math teacher bashing, published at the Hechinger report and carried ON YAHOO NEWS!! "We’d be better at math if the U.S. borrowed these four ideas for training teachers from Finland, Japan and China."Mr. Tucker and author Mr. Show More Summary

Quotes: Humorless Politics Make Progress Tougher

Today, however, practically nobody seems to have a sense of humor, at least not about anything bearing on ed reform. Is it because of our unfunny national politics? Because social media and 24/7 news mean that even a short chortle can...Show More Summary

Afternoon Video: Homeless Student Overwhelmed By Public Support

-whenever you think you have it bad, someone's situation is worse — ? (@KyTheWriter) July 20, 2016

Trump Jr. Passes Up Chance to Plagiarize Al Shanker

Education never figures big in presidential campaigns, but Donald Trump Jr. used it to fire a salvo during his speech at the Republican National Convention yesterday evening. Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class, now they’re stalled on the ground floor. They’re like Soviet-era department stores that are run for the […]

Morning Video: Trump Son Decries Education System That Benefits Teachers Not Kids

As you can see above, Donald Trump's son gave a speech last night that included some pretty harsh language about education: "Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they're stalled on the ground floor. They're like...Show More Summary

Classroom Edition: Dumb-Ass Fiddling with a Smart-Ass Book

Susan Ohanian When I received a promo piece announcing the Penguin/Random House publication of a Classroom Edition of Andy Weir’s The Martian, with “classroom-appropriate language and discussion questions and activities,” I immediately ordered the book. Show More Summary

AM News: Charter Backers Lobby RNC, Trump VP Pick's Education Record, & More

Charter backers take attendance fight to Cleveland, some delegates not impressed | The Columbus Dispatch Mike Pence’s Record on Education Is One of Turmoil and Mixed Results… At the WhiteShow More Summary

TV: On HBO's New Show, 2 Angry White Vice Principals Try To Unseat A Competent Black Principal

Lots of folks seem to have tuned into the premier episode of Vice Principals last weekend, at least according to the number of writeups I've come across in the last few days. Over at Vox, the show is described as "a vicious free-for-all" focused on helping the rest of us understand why white guys are well, so angry. Show More Summary

Books: Inequality & Achievement Gaps At "Rolling Acres Public Schools"

"Nestled in neighborhoods of varying degrees of affluence, suburban public schools are typically better resourced than their inner-city peers and known for their extracurricular offerings and college preparatory programs. Despite the...Show More Summary

Afternoon Video: Hillary Clinton Addresses AFT Convention In Minnesota

Here's the half-hour speech from yesterday, which according to most reports wasn't all that much different from her previous speech to assembled groups of teachers. Via AFT.

Quotes: Before You Let Your School Go Pokemon Crazy ...

The whole "Pokemon Go will revolutionize education" claims have made me incredibly angry, even though it's a claim that's made about every single new product that ed-tech's early adopters find exciting (and clickbait-worthy)... All this...Show More Summary

Taking Release Time From the AFT Convention

I am not in Minneapolis attending the AFT Convention, which means I missed Hillary Clinton showing up fashionably late to deliver a speech “substantially similar” to the one she gave at the NEA Representative Assembly two weeks ago, including the same hurried reference to charter schools. And there was some commotion in the back of the […]

Morning Listen: Unacknowledged Racism In The Leafy Suburbs

Check out this fascinating American RadioWorks interview titled Race in Suburban Schools, featuring L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy talking about his look at one Midwestern suburban school district that illustrates the increasing diversity and nagging achievement gaps in the leafy burbs. Show More Summary

AM News: NEA At RNC, Clinton At AFT, & More

At GOP Convention, NEA Thanks Republicans for Help Enacting ESSA - Politics K-12 See also: NEA Adds $1.4 Million to Massachusetts Anti-Charter Campaign | Intercepts In AFT Talk, Hillary Clinton Doubles...Show More Summary

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