Rep. George Miller, a highly influential Democratic player on education issues for 40 years, is about to leave Congress and start a new work life. And to help ensure he gets what he wants, he has hired Robert Barnett, super-lawyer to stars both in politics and in entertainment, to help him navigate his way through various offers and negotiations.Read full article >>
George Washington University has a huge recruiting pipeline to China: Preliminary counts show 113 of its freshmen this year come from the world’s most populous country.
That’s seven times more than the 16 Chinese in Georgetown University’s class of 2018.Read full article >>
Strauss: Actually, we do know if high-quality preschool benefits kids. What the research really says.
As the idea of universal preschool is gaining political momentum around the country, those who oppose it are on the attack, arguing that there is little or no lasting benefits — despite evidence to the contrary. In the following post, W. Steven Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, deconstructs a new Cato Institute policy brief by David J. Armor, professor emeritus of public policy at George Mason University, who also has a piece on washingtonpost.com arguing his position under the headline “We have no idea if universal preschool actually helps kids.” Actually, we do. Here’s what the research really says.Read full article >>
Strauss: Teachers as ‘conscientious objectors?’ Status sought for those who oppose high-stakes tests
Conscientious objectors are people who refuse to serve in the armed forces on moral or religious grounds. But in New York, a teacher is looking to broaden the definition. Diane Ravitch writes on her blog about Rick Bobrick, a veteran teacher in New York who is tired of being forced to administer to students high-stakes tests that he thinks are punitive and antithetical to real learning. He wants teachers to have the right to opt out of administering standardized tests they think are harmful to students. As it is now, teachers can be fired for refusing to administer a mandated test. Why, he asks, shouldn’t there be a law protecting the rights of teachers to refuse to do what they know is wrong? Why not give teachers the right to be conscientious objectors?”
Here is an open letter to teachers by Rick Bobrick as published on Ravitch’s blog:I teach 8th grade science in a small city school district located in the Mid-Hudson Valley. I am in my 35th year in the classroom, the last 13 of which I have been required to administer punitive, high-stakes tests in math, ELA, and science. Last spring I hit the wall and I have decided that, in all good conscience, I no longer want to participate in this detrimental practice. However, like most teachers, I am unwilling to risk losing my income, or my pension, or my even my reputation, in order to take a principled stand against this new wave of failed reform. On the other hand, why should I have to risk anything in order to stand against what I know is wrong? Read full article >>