While the Washington Post's editorial page is spot-on about education reform issues, some of its reporters can't help but beat the "pity the poor little hard-working suburban over-achieving children" line. I suppose it's possible that American kids could be pressed to work too hard, but it strikes me that we're a long, long way from that being a widespread epidemic. Just ask our Education Olympics competitors.

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Teacher quality in Texas is "inequitable" (poorly??constructed headline, Houston Chronicle).??Mike says: Who cares?

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The Wall Street Journal highlights how the NEA spends its members' money. Mike Antonucci has more.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has announced a new job board on its website. MarketWatch thought it newsworthy, and so do we.

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Fordham is seeking a fall intern. What's it like to spend a semester with us? Our summer intern, Amy, has approved the following message, which I wrote:

My time at Fordham has been revelatory. The people are grand, the ideas are never-ending, the work is invigorating. I've had opportunities to write in the Gadfly and for this blog, and to contribute to big, important projects, such as the forthcoming Education Olympics. The office is new and fantastic: lots of glass and lime-green paint (and roof deck!) just scream "The Google of Education Think Tanks." I implore you, my peers: Don't miss out on this opportunity!

There you have it--unfiltered praise, straight from the source. Get information on interning with us here.

I was reading the Washington Post on Saturday when I came across this little piece by Democratic strategist Carter Eskew about the presidential campaign and its suddenly negative tone. Note this insight:

I once asked a famous commercial advertiser why he didn't attack his big rival, a competing laundry detergent--say that it "ruins your washing machine!" or "causes hives!" His answer: "Because I might gain temporary market advantage, but I'd devalue the whole category. Sooner or later, people would stop buying soap." That may be the main difference between political and commercial marketing: The political marketer is all about temporary advantage--the field of politics be damned.

Could the same be true of education? Is it possible that our field's endless squabbling is turning off the public? People often wonder why education is so low on the list of voters' priorities this election year. Yes, the fragile economy and war in Iraq have a lot to do with that. But I also suspect that Joe Sixpack is suffering from "education fatigue." Every election, politicians promise to fix the school system, particularly in the inner city, and as far as he can tell, nothing ever gets better. I suspect...

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Checker talks about his new book, Troublemaker, in a very chic-looking, new media-ish video interview.

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The Washington Post believes that D.C. officials resent charter schools, and it tells them: "Get over it."