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New links, and more

May 29, 2006 am31 3:53 am

I added two to my blogroll today:

1. Teaching Quality Matters (where teachers are central to improving schools) is a teacher-positive consultant-type group. This week they found the answer for all those young principals: rely on your teachers to help you. Think about it. That may not be a perfect response, but isn't it pretty smart? One of their writers has the same name as the guy who used to teach "Social Stratification" at Columbia. But it's not the same guy. Anyhow, here's their policy statement.

2. Assorted Stuff about tech/the internet and education. Author is a Washington cynic who doesn't like cut and dried labels. (So remember that next time before you cut or dry any labels).

I'll take this opportunity to throw in some older links:

3. Schools Matter opens with this rant:

This space will explore issues in public education policy; and it will advocate for a commitment to and a re-examination of the democratic purposes of schools. If there is some urgency in the message, it is due to the current reform efforts that are based on a radical re-invention of education, now spearheaded by a psychometric blitzkrieg of "metastasized testing" aimed at dismantling a public education system that took almost 200 years to build.

Which I think represents a pov I am comfortable with. Today they wrote about cheating on Texas' state tests. They think no one cares. I hope they are wrong.

4. Jenny D is a doctoral candidate in education and public policy, and writes about things that interest me. Clearly.

5. I wish I had thought of Invasive Species, or been even vaguely close to well enough educated to discuss it. Wow. I wish I better understood the implications.

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