Encyclopedia of Ed, Part II: The Players

So leaving the unspeakable behind, now to the ideas that piss off one side or the other.

Taking Sides–one of the first things I wrote for the blog, and still pretty good on the main difference between eduformers (I now just say reformers) and progressives.

Those Who Can, Teach. Those Who Can’t, Wonk.–and this is what most of the big names have in common.

And here’s some categorizations: My #FF list, or Ed Folks I Read


Reform, in education, means the people who are hawking accountability and choice. (Not to be confused with reform math, which is progressive.) Charters aren’t all reform, but the push for charters is reform so I’m putting my charter essays here.


Charter hypocrisy

Charter Schools and Suspensions

The Parental “Diversity” Dilemma

Diversity Dilemma in Action


Unstructured Musings on Choice–if you’re not sure what the difference between choice and accountability is, this may help.

Why Charters Skim, and Why They Should Stop

KIPP Mathematica Study and Bragging Rights

Boston Charter School Study: What “Improved Scores” Look Like

The Takeaway from the TFA Study


Ed Schools, Prescriptive Training, and Academic Freedom

Doug Lemov’s Creation Myth

TFA Diversity and the Credibility Gap


White Elephant Students and Charters


Before I went to ed school, I thought progressives were worse than reformers. Now I think they’re both bad, but have forgiven progressives some of their sins. Every so often I’m reminded, however, that progressive educators–that is, the actual teachers who hold progressive values—can be dangerous when they are allowed to insist that students share their ideology. For students who don’t, it’s game over. That’s true for K-12, college—and ed school itself.


Boaler’s Bias (or BS)

Discovery Doesn’t Work


Jo Boaler’s Railside Study: The Schools, Identified. (Kind of.)

Reform Math: An Isolationist’s View

Dan Meyer and the Gatekeepers

Social Justice and Winning the Word


Math Instruction Philosophies, Instructivist vs. Constructivist

Keeping Teachers New

Parents and Schools

On interviewing and ed school

The Teacher Wars: A Review

Curriculum Folk

I originally left this group off because I didn’t have enough content—-hahaha! Ahem. Sorry. These are the content people, so, you know, joke.

Curriculum people are the ones who focus on the importance of background knowledge to reading comprehension. The Core Knowledge folk, an organization founded by E. D. Hirsch. I like Hirsch. I’m not sanguine about the cure-it-all nature of their curriculum plans.

Skills vs. Knowledge

Content Knowledge and Reading Comprehension: Bold Talk and Backpedaling

Grant Wiggins

Understanding Math, and the Zombie Problem


Unions, as separate from progressives, I am surprisingly tolerant of: What Can We Blame Teacher Unions For? Remember, I’m not tenured and union protection is a few years in my future, if nothing goes wrong.

Why Chris Christie picks on teachers–I wrote this a couple days after the 2012 Republican convention. I built on it later, but I still like this essay. Reformers are doing their best to cut out teachers from the herd of government workers, and this is my best guess as to why. (What’s that? They might be sincere? Laughing now.)

On the CTU Strike

Plague of the Middlebrow Pundits, Revisited: Walter Russell Mead–most middlebrows are utterly ignorant of education, and speak much nonsense of unions.

Common Core and other naïve delusions on standards

Core Meltdown Coming

Reading in the Gulag of Common Core

On Graduation Rates and “Standards”

Why higher standards are impossible

SAT Changes

Evaluating the new PSAT: Math

Evaluating the new PSAT: Reading and Writing

SAT’s Competitive Advantage

Braindumping the PSAT

Ed’s side

Most of the time, I usually pick holes in other people’s ideas. But these are pretty much advocacy pieces.


The problem with fraudulent grades

Homework and grades.—one of the most read pieces on my site.

An Alternative College Admissions System


Not Why This. Just Why Not That.


Just a Job

Boobies and Bronies

Strategizing Horror

Don’t Treat A Cop Like A Teacher


Math Isn’t Aspirin. Neither is Teaching

Five Education Policy Proposals for the 2016 Presidential Elections (contains the links to the five pieces and a wrapup).

On the Spring Valley High Incident


The Myth of the Teacher Leader, Redux

On to teaching. I am a teacher, did ya know?

Part III: Teaching
Part IV: Miscellany, Movies, and Me

If you missed it: Part I: Things Voldemortean


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