Harvard Political Review Does (Home) Education

11 04 2007

And Laura Derrick of NHEN helped! You just gotta love it. She’s amazing.
Even though they had her, there’s one HSLDA pander-piece “Lobbying From Home” (which in the table of contents is mistakenly called LOBBING from Home, Freudian you think?) but the rest of it is worth a long look, touching on everything from teacher unions and funding to sex education and the dangerous magic of accountability numbers . . .


Cover Topics: Can Anyone Fix Education?

. . .Innovators in all sectors of society are generating ideas that could prove to be effective remedies for the education “crisis.” President Bush attempted to help American education by making the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 a central component of his domestic policy agenda. By most accounts, however, NCLB has fallen short of its lofty goals. Locally, states and school districts are experimenting with new funding allocation formulas to reduce discrepancies between rich and poor schools. Individual citizens’ involvement is increasing through participation in volunteer organizations like Teach For America, which tries to fix education on a student by student basis. And, in the grand tradition of American capitalism, market-based alternatives have emerged in the form of school vouchers and charter schools.

If one thing is clear, it’s that the question of education reform cannot be insulated from politics. From sex education to homeschooling to racial re-segregation to teachers’ unions, every group has their own idea of how education reform should be pursued. Some even question whether, considered in an international perspective, the American education system is doing as poorly as politicians would have us think.

Though many have tried, substantial improvement in the education system is not yet forthcoming. Please join the HPR as we ask, can anyone fix education?

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Speaking of Blog Awards, Watch Out Moms!

11 04 2007

Maybe all awards are bogus to some extent. (Alfie Kohn fans sure tend to think so.)
But this blog “award” set-up looks exceptional even among the usual level of self-enriching bogus-ness. If you have any mom readers, please help us get the word out on your blogs right now, as Mother’s Day marketing accelerates.

This is the “as if we women aren’t marketed to within an inch of our
lives already” department — I received an award, that, upon scrutiny, was bogus.

This guy, David Kovach, a search marketer, came up with an “award”
that is actually a marketing scam involving his mother’s day site,

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