Here are some useful school reform-related posts and articles that have been published recently:
Naive To Print Teachers’ Scores, Says TFA Founder is from Alexander Russo, who reports that Teach For America’s Wendy Kopp opposes the public release of teacher ratings. That’s good to hear though, as Alexander mentions, “I wish Kopp had been so clear back a year ago when this was all first being debated — it would have been brave and right of her…” I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About The New York Court Decision Releasing Teacher Ratings.
N.Y. appeals court rules that teacher ratings can be public is from The Los Angeles Times and I’m adding it to the same list.
International Rankings That Reformers Ignore: The Children Left Behind is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery.
Is “Racing to the Top” Even Possible, Arne? is by Bill Ferriter.
What Americans Think About Teachers Versus What They’re Hearing is from The Shanker Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Posts/Articles On This Year’s Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup Education Poll.
The Missing Link In School Reform shares important research about the role of trust and the development of social capital in schools. I’m adding it to The Best Posts About Trust & Education.
I’m not going to make a separate “The Best…” list related to Steve Brill’s new book on school reform, “Class Warfare.” However, here are three articles that join Steve Brill’s Report Card on School Reform, the New York Times book review, as the best commentaries that I’ve seen it:
Teachers Get Little Say in a Book About Them is from The New York Times.
Steve Brill’s blinkered view of education is from Reuters.
Should we really expect schools to cure poverty? is also from Reuters.
Why Are Finland’s Schools Successful? is from The Smithsonian Magazine. I’m adding it to The Best Resources To Learn About Finland’s Education System.
Modestly suggesting my own blog: “Where the Action Is in School Reform.” It’s not about big, sexy policy levers. It’s about teaching and learning.
This Finnish guy wasn’t impressed with the Smithsonian article for some reason: