The Education Gadfly Show

This week, Mike and Rick discuss whether we're getting $4 billion worth of education reform out of Race to the Top, the next big steps for the final Common Core Standards, and whether it's in the public's financial interest to reintegrate special education students into classrooms. Then Amber tells us about research on students' motivation for taking AP classes and Janie mourns the end of a unique college essay test at Oxford University.
This week, Mike and Rick discuss whether we're getting $4 billion worth of education reform out of Race to the Top, the next big steps for the final Common Core Standards, and whether it's in the public's financial interest to reintegrate special education students into classrooms. Then Amber tells us about research on students' motivation for taking AP classes and Janie mourns the end of a unique college essay test at Oxford University.
Did you watch the ?Lost? series finale? Don?t worry, Rick?s here to explain, before debating Mike on for-profit organizations, Representative Chu?s new ?turnaround? plan, and the timeline snafu with RTT apps and the Common Core standards release date. Then Amber unpacks the new charter funding inequality study from Ball State and Janie takes Rate that Reform to Six Flags (by mistake!).
Did you watch the ?Lost? series finale? Don?t worry, Rick?s here to explain, before debating Mike on for-profit organizations, Representative Chu?s new ?turnaround? plan, and the timeline snafu with RTT apps and the Common Core standards release date. Then Amber unpacks the new charter funding inequality study from Ball State and Janie takes Rate that Reform to Six Flags (by mistake!).
Andy and Mike discuss the resolution of Central Falls? saga, if too many students are going to college, and whether it?s more likely that the Tooth Fairy will eat dinner at Mike?s house or Arne Duncan will return unused Race to the Top dollars to the Treasury. Then Amber tell us about new research that asks whether effective teachers are so in part because of a good fit with their school culture, and Janie fondly recalls a memorable high school science lesson.
Andy and Mike discuss the resolution of Central Falls? saga, if too many students are going to college, and whether it?s more likely that the Tooth Fairy will eat dinner at Mike?s house or Arne Duncan will return unused Race to the Top dollars to the Treasury. Then Amber tell us about new research that asks whether effective teachers are so in part because of a good fit with their school culture, and Janie fondly recalls a memorable high school science lesson.
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.
Fresh off the plane from AERA, Rick takes on Mike over The New York Times front page charter story, the new philanthropic overtures to the Department of Education, and the Arizona immigration law's implications for schools. Then Amber tells us about math teachers around the world and Rate that Reform hates on T.I.
Fresh off the plane from AERA, Rick takes on Mike over The New York Times front page charter story, the new philanthropic overtures to the Department of Education, and the Arizona immigration law's implications for schools. Then Amber tells us about math teachers around the world and Rate that Reform hates on T.I.
Don't miss this week's edition, wherein Rick and Mike discuss Fordham's new charter autonomy study, Duncan's "stakeholder buy-in" mess, and the pending downfall of "last hired, first fired." Then Amber reports on twins and teacher effectiveness, and Stafford tells Big Brother to sign up for P.E.

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