Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in seeing all my “Best” lists related to education policy here):
Lethal mutations in education and how to prevent them is by Kate Jones and Dylan Wiliam. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.
Does Competition Help Schools? is a policy brief from Indiana University. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Schools Should Not Be Run Like Businesses.
Literacy Scores by Country, in Reading, Math, and Science is an interactive from Flowing Data.
Mary Kennedy argues that this situation arises because of the extensive experience—over 12,000 hours—that almost everyone has of observing teaching and participating in classroom life.
As a result, everyone *feels* like they’re an expert in teaching.
But they’re not. pic.twitter.com/SgT4JGUyCX
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) October 10, 2022
Exactly a point we’re making in an article revision this week:
This push for “increased parental rights” through regressive education policies ignores the policy preferences of parents who don’t want these discriminatory policies in place.
Are they not parents too? https://t.co/0pJXznQrVr
— James (@jcbridgeforth) October 10, 2022
Why you can’t (completely) trust the research is from TES. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.
Educators and ESSER: How Pandemic Spending is Reshaping the Teaching Profession is from FutureEd.
In #Cuba #NM school district where one-third of 741 students are homeless, creation of a community #school district was a response to vast needs. District is 79% Native American and 20% Hispanic. In 2018, 62% of students graduated. https://t.co/a8ePIGSev2
— 🇵🇹Common Raven🇺🇸 (@Bewickwren) October 7, 2022
Fresno Unified gets ‘game-changing’ $20 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott is from Ed Source.
Before you panic about this:
ACT test scores drop to their lowest in 30 years in a pandemic slide is from NPR.
Read this tweet:
Oh — so don’t do what everyone is doing. pic.twitter.com/sqr9u14xSO
— Matt Barnum (@matt_barnum) October 13, 2022
A New Teacher at 50: Inside the Struggle to Rebuild America’s Black Teaching Workforce—Introduction is from Education Week. I’m adding it to .New & Revised: The Best Resources For Understanding Why We Need More Teachers Of Color.
More than politics: New studies help explain why some schools reopened while others stayed virtual is from Chalkbeat.
Reporting on all this at the time, it was frustrating that a lot of coverage ignored:
* Many schools were actually open.
* Many parents, especially those of color, did not feel safe sending their kids.
* Charter schools w/o teachers unions had some of the longest closures. https://t.co/lt3sEHRl8g
— Christina Veiga (@cveiga) October 13, 2022
Alex Jones ordered to pay $965 million for Sandy Hook lies (from @AP) https://t.co/gAcA3C5MVl
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) October 12, 2022
It’s almost like the effects of the pandemic on schooling reflected decades of previous studies showing that what happens outside of classes has the biggest impact on academic performance https://t.co/D23WfTbl0m pic.twitter.com/jPx03soRsq
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) October 14, 2022
Here’s a full writeup of Chancellor Banks’ comments, which come not long after his decision to double down on competitive admissions in middle and high schools:https://t.co/eCAfejPNVa
— Alex Zimmerman (@AGZimmerman) October 13, 2022
I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More:
The politicized closings narrative also feeds into the false narrative that parents are generally unhappy with schools following the pandemic. That’s not true: 80% of PARENTS are completely or somewhat satisfied with their children’s schools. https://t.co/lo6K1aW6HI
— Anne Lutz Fernandez (@lutzfernandez) October 13, 2022
“If a child asks me about my husband and I say I don’t have a husband, I have a wife, am I then being stripped of my license?” Oetinger-Kenski (a teacher) asked. “Also, in my class I have kids with two dads and two moms.” #edchat https://t.co/LZGfNjVOqZ
— Nicole Carr (@NicoleFCarr) October 14, 2022
NBC News reporters found a school stocking classrooms with kitty litter! But it’s not for kids who identify as cats—the absurd anti-LGBTQ conspiracy theory being spread by GOP politicians.
It’s in case of a prolonged lockdown caused by a school shooting. https://t.co/tpsidJX9Gk
— Mike Hixenbaugh (@Mike_Hixenbaugh) October 14, 2022
Why are students missing so much school? The answer may lie in the chronic absenteeism ‘black box’ is from Chalkbeat. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Student Absenteeism.
You have undoubtably heard about the falling test scores, about the very real and concerning impact the pandemic and remote learning had on kids
Now read about one school that is defying the trend https://t.co/Ri9c5YDJPv
— Sarah Mervosh (@smervosh) October 15, 2022
Student loan forgiveness website is live: How to apply https://t.co/j7Ng6arpQg
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) October 15, 2022
Pandemic admission reforms boosted share of Black + Latino students admitted to NYC’s most selective screened schls from 28% in 2020 to 40% last yr.
New rules could slow that progress – Black + Latino students expected to make up ~33% of new ‘tier 1’ https://t.co/ijHvfu3suX
— Michael Elsen-Rooney (@MichaelElsenRoo) October 14, 2022
Be careful and informed when you vote in school board races. If they say parental rights, they don’t mean all parents. They only mean parents who hold their same world view. A view that excludes lots of kids and families.
— Carolyn Foote (@technolibrary) October 12, 2022