Reports that Obama “intends to use $5 billion to prod local officials to close failing schools and reopen them with new teachers and principals,” have generated well-deserved criticism on several fronts.
April 20, 2009 marked the tenth anniversary of the school shootings at Columbine High School and therefore it is time again to reflect on the dominant mode of thinking that informs how the society addresses what is awkwardly called “school violence.” Below I present excerpts of a presentation made several years ago, that focuses on… Continue reading
[Originally sent to my son’s school principal, on April 27, 2007] – In many ways, this letter has been in the making for a long time. Delay in writing has in large measure been the result of my confidence in your leadership, and, as an educator of teachers and education leaders, a profound understanding of the… Continue reading
Given the recent discussion in media outlets on the tenth anniversary of the Columbine, it seems useful to reprint my review of Julie Webber’s (2003) volume Failure to Hold: The Politics of School Violence (Rowman & Littlefield).
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also known as the stimulus package, is described as having four purposes: (1) To preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; (2) To assist those most impacted by the recession; (3) To provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health;… Continue reading
“My speculation is that the damage this recession will do to kids’ education prospects is far more than the positive good most changes in educational policies can produce.” – EDDRA email listserv participant.* Since the research basis for our sharings here requires some credentialing, allow me to post the following as (now retired) “Director of… Continue reading
While reading articles about Arne Duncan, I came across this new law for the state of Colorado. As Duncan school visits focus on charters, I was curious about the two schools highlighted by Duncan earlier this month. The Bruce Randolph School was highlighted, and as it turns out, is authorized under the following law. News… Continue reading
“From Teach for America to the KIPP charter schools to instructional innovations at colleges and universities, we have proven strategies ready to go to scale.” — Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, February 9, 2009 speaking before the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) is, according to… Continue reading
In the May 1 issue of the Chronicle of Education, an article appeared with the headline: “Public Colleges Consider Privatization as a Cure for the Common Recession.” The article was written by Eric Kelderman (for those with access the article can be found here). He writes: As state tax revenues plummet, some lawmakers and higher-education… Continue reading
Governing by Carrots and Sticks: Excerpts from U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan “If folks are playing shell games, if folks are operating in bad faith, it puts their second chance at billions of dollars in jeopardy,” he said. “We have significant carrots and sticks.” — Arne Duncan, April 15, Chicago Tribute.
As I review Berends’ and colleagues 2008 volume Charter School Outcomes (Lawrence Erlbaum), a key assumption of Anglo-American political theory, namely that just inequality is the result of “natural distinction” (as opposed to social distinction), undergirds the authors’ efforts to improve research methods for evaluating school choice policies.
In one of her lasts posts as a blogger for Education Week, Jennifer Jennings (better known as Eduwonkette) argued that the development of good policy “depends on compelling answers to ‘why’ questions about both the observed effects and non-effects of policies and programs.” She emphasized that these “why” questions pertain both to the “inner workings… Continue reading
On March 10, 2009, President Obama gave a major speech before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce outlining his plans for education. During the speech, Obama emphasized the presence of and showed his support for Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, and Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis. Duncan was highlighted as an enforcer of “innovation” through… Continue reading
“It is the failure of the present social order to guarantee rights that is at issue…” “Was there ever a time in the history of public education that the guaranteed right of each member was the driving force?” The short answer is no, but it is an unsatisfactory answer because it does not deal with… Continue reading