AKA: Education Policy
When I first began this blog, education reform was ascendant. I considered reformers to be harmful, but can’t stand the politics of progressives, their primary opponents.
Education reform has, happily, taken a huge hit over the past couple years. On the other hand, Trump’s victory has largely ended the cooperation between the left and right side of education reformers. Conservative reformers are pretty devastated. They were all adamantly Never Trumpers, so his victory didn’t help their cause much. Meanwhile, progressives are becoming even more closeminded and restrictive. I don’t know where this all leads.
Nine years of teaching has also taught me how utterly disconnected teaching is from the nonsense bruited about in the education policy discussions. I remain an interested observer. I think a lot of my older stuff is still relevant and interesting, but it describes a world that doesn’t really exist anymore. I’m not ready to rename the blog, but “The Players” isn’t as accurate a title as it once was. Eventually, I’ll probably name it the Policy Page.
So I’ve decided to divide it roughly into a few broad areas.
Accountability and Standards
Dance With the Ones Who Brung Him
School Reform Ideas
An Alternative College Admissions System
Five Education Policy Proposals for the 2016 Presidential Elections (contains the links to the five pieces and a wrapup). Or you can read them individually:
- Ban College Level Remediation
- Stop Kneecapping High Schools
- Repeal IDEA
- Restrict K-12 Ed to Citizens Only
- End English Language Learner Mandates
General Education Reform
Unions, as separate from progressives, I am surprisingly tolerant of. I wrote all these before I had tenure.
Since everyone who writes has been educated, everyone who writes think they know how to make school better. A “common wisdom” has arisen amongst most elites.
Plague of the Middlebrow Pundits, Revisited: Walter Russell Mead
SAT Changes and Cheating
On to teaching. I am a teacher, did ya know?
If you missed it: Part I: Things Voldemortean