Top Stories 12 / 16–20 / 2013

Top Stories was going to take a break for the holiday, but the news kept coming in, beginning with our own terrific Roosevelt House event with Joel Klein…. Then came the NAEP results for the nation’s urban districts (TUDA) – big news, and not all good…. Hillary Clinton advocating for closing “the Word Gap”….  DeBlasio kicks off his Pre-K campaign… AFT-NEA mergers… Pondiscio challenges Meier to a Progressive duel…. And the Lists begin….

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Joel Klein Defends His Chancellorship – And Offers Encouragement to Future Reformers

http://ciep.hunter.cuny.edu/event/nyc-schools-retrospective-joel-klein/

 

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NAEPs for Cities Scores Are In – Is it TUDA the Wrong Horn?

Results are “Encouraging,” Says ED

http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/12/students-in-large-cities-make-progress/

Not so Fast, says Smarick

http://ciep.hunter.cuny.edu/10-things-know-naep-tuda-2013/

Statement from Arne Duncan

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/statement-us-education-secretary-arne-duncan-2013-tuda-results

Dropout Nation calls it “the NAEP Dishonor Roll”

http://dropoutnation.net/2013/12/19/naep-dishonor-roll-urban-edition/

NYC Scores Flat

http://gothamschools.org/2013/12/18/city-scores-flat-on-national-exam-though-up-over-last-decade/

Joy Resmovits says Mixed Results

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/18/city-students-tests_n_4457748.html?utm_hp_ref=education

Bonus Question

Which State Closed the White-Black Gap the Most?

http://excelined.org/2013/12/everyone-talks-achievement-gap-something/

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The Push for pre-K Kicks Up Some Dust

The New First Grade: Kindergarten

http://www.quickanded.com/2013/12/the-new-first-grade-kindergarten.html

DeBlasio Launches Pre-K Initiative

http://upknyc.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chh5u7-IQuE

New Report on Pre-K in Tennessee: Cuidado

http://www.edexcellence.net/commentary/education-gadfly-daily/evaluation-of-the-tennessee-voluntary-prekindergarten-program 

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David Brooks:  The “Fundamental Attribution Error” (Does it Apply to Education?)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/20/opinion/brooks-the-tragic-situation.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0

From the Archives

The Fundamental Attribution Error of Education: It’s Not Bad People, but Bad Ideas:

http://www.aft.org/newspubs/periodicals/ae/spring2006/hirsch.cfm

More AFT-NEA Mergers

http://www.eiaonline.com/intercepts/2013/12/19/weac-asks-nea-for-permission-to-merge-with-aft-wisconsin/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Intercepts+%28Intercepts%29

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The Word Gap and the Knowledge Gap

Hillary Clinton:  Close the Word Gap

http://toosmall.org/Blog/closing-the-word-gap

How the Word Gap is Connected to the Knowledge Gap

http://shankerblog.org/?p=9209

The Difference between Knowledge and Skills

http://teachlikeachampion.com/blog/minutes-daisy-christodoulou/

Can Knowledge Level the Playing Field?

http://shankerblog.org/?p=9209

Miracle on High Street: The Year at the Core Knowledge Foundation

http://blog.coreknowledge.org/2013/12/19/miracle-on-high-street/

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Amanda Ripley: Students are Bored to Death

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115928/twitter-shows-epidemic-school-boredom

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What Should Kids Know – and Why?

Robert Pondiscio: Who is the Real Progressive?

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Bridging-Differences/2013/12/whos_the_real_progressive.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BridgingDifferences+%28Education+Week+Blog%3A+Bridging+Differences%29

Deborah Meier Responds: It Doesn’t Matter What Kids Know

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Bridging-Differences/2013/12/dear_robert_heres_a_much.html

From the Archives

Michael Gove: The Progressive Betrayal

http://www.smf.co.uk/media/news/michael-gove-speaks-smf/

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Walton Foundation Pumps Cash into Vouchers

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/walton-foundation-pumps-cash-into-vouchers/2013/12/17/3578483c-6740-11e3-8b5b-a77187b716a3_story.html

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USA Today: We Need Tax Credits for Faith-Based Schools

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/12/18/sotomayor-faith-based-schools-education-column/4117977/

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Let the 2013 Lists Begin

NYT Top 75 Education Books of 2013

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/reading-list-the-top-75-new-york-times-best-selling-education-books-of-2013/?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

Education Next Review of 2013

Top Stories: http://educationnext.org/the-top-20-education-next-articles-of-2013/

Top Blog Posts:  http://educationnext.org/the-top-10-education-next-blog-posts-of-2013/

Top Books:  http://educationnext.org/best-education-books-for-holiday-gifts-and-reading/

Mike Goldstein’s Top Ten for 2013

  1.         What GPA should teachers have? http://bit.ly/1c9AksU
  2.        Should high schools herd more kids to (AP) Stats than AP Calculus? http://bit.ly/1bchUl6
  3.        Ray’s Tech Product Review: Class Dojo http://bit.ly/1fBKamm
  4.        Revisiting Good To Great: What Happened To Those 11 Companies? Hmmmmm….. http://bit.ly/1dKeI3v
  5.         I’ve Taught 4 Years. Should I Get A Masters? http://bit.ly/1fk2Rdw
  6.        Fighting Back Against Differentiated Instruction http://bit.ly/1bchYl7
  7.         Khan Academy vs Accelerated Math http://bit.ly/ISAPLE
  8.        The Four Horsemen of Fixed Mindset http://bit.ly/1dkoXek
  9.        Jared’s Tech Review: Bloomboard http://bit.ly/1cyPxPj
  10.       The Merits of the Demerit System http://bit.ly/19vH16i

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In the War on Poverty, a Dogged Adversary

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/business/economy/in-the-war-on-poverty-a-dogged-adversary.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Children and Poverty: Invitation to a Dialogue

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/opinion/invitation-to-a-dialogue-children-and-poverty.html?ref=todayspaper

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Does Everything Have to be Fun?

http://www.npr.org/2013/12/17/251675532/to-make-science-real-kids-want-more-fun-and-fewer-facts?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=DailyDigest&utm_campaign=20131217

The Road to Happiness

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/15/opinion/sunday/a-formula-for-happiness.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

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Teachers and Teaching

Why Overseas Students Do Better in Math and Science Overseas

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/opinion/why-students-do-better-overseas.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0

Barry Garelick’s New Math Education Book

https://www.createspace.com/4561286

Good Teaching:  the Movie

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/opinion/nocera-what-is-good-teaching.html?src=me&ref=general

Readers Respond

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/20/opinion/effective-teachers-in-the-inner-city-schools.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0

Teacher Eval Pushback in New Mexico

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/us/a-push-for-teacher-accountability-meets-resistance-in-new-mexico.html?hp&_r=0

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Cuomo says More Spending Won’t Solve our Problems (See Minute 8:00)

http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/201456/video-qa-from-cuomo-press-conference/

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Success for All Continues to be Successful

http://www.thebridgeatmidnight.com/2013/11/27/best-elementary-school-program-resisted/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBridgeAtMidnight+%28The+Bridge+At+Midnight%29

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How about a Cap on Bad Schools?

http://www.edexcellence.net/commentary/education-gadfly-daily/choice-words/how-about-a-cap-on-bad-schools 

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