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.
Unstructured Musings on Choice–if you’re not sure what the difference between choice and accountability is, this may help.
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.
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.
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.)
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
Most of the time, I usually pick holes in other people’s ideas. But these are pretty much advocacy pieces.
Homework and grades.—one of the most read pieces on my site.
Five Education Policy Proposals for the 2016 Presidential Elections (contains the links to the five pieces and a wrapup).
On to teaching. I am a teacher, did ya know?
If you missed it: Part I: Things Voldemortean