The Education Gadfly Show

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.
This week, Mike and Rick talk about ''teacher proofing''; why Florida should be like the IRS; and LDH, which sounds like a drug but isn't. Punctuation Man stops by to chat, and Education News of the Weird is very good, sir.
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.
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.
We're back! This week, Mike and Rick discuss unionized charter schools, bailing out state education funds, and Bush's education legacy. Then Amber tells us about a new study of Boston charter schools and Rate That Reform gets fishy. Click here to listen through our website and peruse past editions.
This week Mike, and not-really-a-guest-but-semi-regular-co-host Andy Smarick discuss the English teacher practice of letting students pick their own reading material, the new Boston Parent University, and performance pay for Los Angeles top school officials. Then Amber tells us about a new Ed Next study on the Obama Effect and Rate the Reform gets swine flu (figuratively).
Mike and Rick are in the zone this week analyzing the Save Our Schools March, how states can improve ed schools, and the merits of Missouri?s anti-Facebook-friending legislation. Amber gives Teach For America a high-five and Chri$ gives NC charter schools the flat-out deny.
Special guest appearance! Terry Ryan flies in from the Buckeye State to talk with Mike about charter incubators (using our new report as backdrop), the striking similarity between the EU and the Common Core, and D.C.’s school-choice initiatives. Amber dances the TUDA and Chris believes in Santa Claus.
Mike and Rick come out swinging after their Thanksgiving respites. In Pardon the Gadfly, they attack our current governance model, sympathize with Newt Gingrich, and consider what to do about private donations to public schools. Amber brings autonomy down to the school level and Chris requests a State of State Moral Standards.
With the closing of Zuccotti Park, Rick is back with the podcast in full force—shorts, Birkenstocks, and all. He talks with Mike about Fordham’s new digital-learning papers, union/school-board incest, and our parenting problem. Amber reads from the digital-learning encyclopedia and Chris gives corporate sponsorship an A-plus.

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