Big Ed

The Failed Microsoft Corporate Origins of “Value-Added” Teacher Rankings

Readers of the Vanity Fair piece highlighting Microsoft’s decade of failure to innovate and resulting loss of market share can’t help but notice the close parallels between that company’s decline and their corporate practice of “stack ranking.” “Stack ranking,” as described in “Microsoft’s Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalisti... »

Change.org’s Support for Stand For Children Should (And Did) Not Stand: When Liberals Push An ALEC Education Agenda

Disclosure: I was sought out by and interviewed with Change.org back when they were seeking an education organizer; I like and respect many talented organizers there, and from speaking with him, I believe that Ben Rattray is a reasonable, thoughtful, person committed to social change. I’ve also written for Care2.com and similarly like and respect the many excellent bloggers and campaign staf... »

The Gender Politics of Education Reform

90% of PTA members and public school volunteers are women, but only 10-37% of state legislatures where they pass school budgets are women. And only 16.6% of Congress is women. »

Chicago Parents Sue Schools, Los Angeles Parents Pull the "Trigger"

Two different parent groups try ways to fix their kids' neighborhood schools. »

Just Who Grades Standardized Tests?

Meet the people from all around the country who grade your kid's standardized tests--an influential score that helps "quantify" the abilities of all kinds of kids. »

Do We Really Need to Revamp School Textbooks as Often as We Do?

School textbooks--are we getting value for what we taxpayers pay? »

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