The Education Gadfly Show

This week on the podcast, Janie explains why she wouldn’t want to head a school, Mike breaks down the latest NCLB proposal, and your hosts discuss how much online learning really costs. Amber explains the fuss around the Gates Foundation’s latest study, and Chris wonders what’s wrong with Tebowing.
The podcast kicks off the new year in style, with special guest commentary from Diane Ravitch on what 2012 will bring. Amber sees charter-school closures as a glass half empty and Chris loves up some celebrations.
This last 2011 installment of the Gadfly Show won’t disappoint, with Mike joined by Chris Tessone (formerly of Dollars and Sen$e fame). The two reflect on the past year in education reform before getting serious about charters, special education, and the achievement-gap truth. Amber splashes cold water on the teacher-residency model and Chris Irvine sees Santa-red.
Mike and Daniela go edu-meta, asking whether the accountability era has run its course, what the role of for-profits are in digital education, and how state-run districts and schools may reshape governance. Amber investigates the science “proficiency illusion” and Chris channels the Grinch.
With both Mike and Rick at the PIE-Network annual summit, the podcast got a little crazy (in a good way). Co-hosts Chris, Janie, and Daniela talk NCLB waivers, the efficacy of the MCAS, and the truth about delaying Kindergarten. Amber shows that high property taxes don?t buy you an internationally competitive education and Chris trains a service animal.
Mike and Rick are finally back in the studio together this week as they discuss Diane Ravitch's use of NAEP data to raise doubts about charters, Rick and Checker's piece on stimulus funding, and new charter changes in Massachusetts. Then Amber tells us about a new National Bureau of Economic Research evaluation of the Harlem Children's Zone and Rate that Reform bans texting while driving.
Mike and Stafford debate the long-term merits of Waiting for "Superman," throw down about standards for virtual education, and see eye-to-eye on inclusion. Amber dissects a meaty study on value-added metrics and Rate that Reform goes dumpster diving.
Mike is back but, alas, without any Argentinean headphones. This week, he and Rick discuss the troubles with teaching ELL students, the strength (or lack thereof) of federal levers in education, and KIPP's flirtation with turnaround schools in Philadelphia. Then Amber tells us about the effectiveness of educational software and Rate that Reform reviews Ebay basics.
This week, Mike and Stafford discuss education reform's newfound Wall Street heft, what to do about expensive teachers, and whether we really want China supplying our Chinese teachers. Then Amber gives us more evidence that nothing works (in gold-standard studies, at least) and Janie won't let Rate that Reform take a kiddie sabbatical?a.k.a., temporary homeschooling.
With Rick back in the saddle, our intrepid co-hosts jump right into this week?s education-reform news, discussing the ?Rose Parks? of school choice, GOP governors, and the ?war of ideas.? Amber gapes at Boston Public Schools?s teacher salary and benefits structure, while Chris embarks on a campaign against poor spelling and tyrants everywhere.

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