Teacher Quality and Accountability: A Failed Debate

“Value-added and other types of growth models are probably the most controversial issue in education today,” argues Matthew Di Carlo in his “What Value-Added Research Does And Does Not Show.” Di Carlo carefully examines, with ample evidence and a fair hand, the most recent cycle of education reform that has targeted teacher quality and accountability. One […]

Teachers as Radicals: After SOS, What Now?

Thanks to education commentary and policy under President Obama and Secretary of Education Duncan, we don’t have to turn to George Orwell’s brilliant essays on politics and language or his classic 1984 to understand the reality of double-speak. By the end of 2010, the education focus of the Obama administration and the U.S. Department of […]

Strawman Argument Is All They Have

In the comments of Diane Ravitch’s recent EdWeek Bridging Differences, “Why I Am Marching on July 30,” one comment captures the bankrupt support for the new reformer movement coming from Secretary Duncan, Bill Gates, and Michelle Rhee. paulhoss@hotmail.com takes this swipe at those such as Ravitch challenging the new reformers: “What to say about SOS? […]

My Challenge to the False Prophets of Education Reform

At some point during my sophomore year of junior college, I came to recognize myself as a teacher while working as a tutor for Dean Carter’s British Literature survey course. I had discovered my calling to be a writer about a year before that. During my journey to major in education and certify to teach […]