Catching up

Hard education news was skimpy at year’s end, so the New York Times education beat folks must have been catching up on their reading--of the Gadfly, at least. Just last week, we teased
the paper for its filler-like piece on the Department of Education’s
absurd estimate for how long a Race to the Top application should take.
Yawn. But roaring back two days later (and another two days after that)
the Times stepped it up. Three recent items are worth your
note, the most prominent of which being an opinion piece on substitute
teaching by a former substitute teacher. (See “The Replacements” below.)
Keep it up NYT.

As Honor Students Multiply, Who Really Is One?” by Winnie Hu, New York Times, January 1, 2010

Skills to Fix Failing Schools,” by Laura Pappano, New York Times, January 3, 2010

The Replacements,” by Carolyn Bucior, New York Times, January 3, 2010