Here are some recent good school reform-related articles and posts that I’m adding to various “The Best…” lists:
Value-Added In Teacher Evaluations: Built To Fail comes from The Shanker Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation.
The Offensively Defensive Ideology of Charter Schooling is from School Finance 101. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.
Where have all the KIPPsters gone? is by Caroline Grannan. I’m adding it to The Best Posts About Attrition Rates At So-Called “Miracle” Schools. I’m also adding A question about Memphis school Obama chose, which was published in The Washington Post, to the same list.
Don’t Believe Critics, Education Reform Works by Jonathan Alter is an absolutely awful column — it’s more of a rant than a column, and it’s targeting Diane Ravitch. It’s examples of arrogance are too numerous to mention, but the column, and responses to it, just have to be added to The Best Posts Discussing Arrogance & School Reform. They quickly closed-off comments on the site itself, but you can read several excellent early ones there. In addition, you can read Alice Mercer’s With due respect, your argument is moronic…, along with a piece from Salon questioning Alter’s conflict of interest in writing it.