Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Makers, Takers, and YOYOs

September 20th, 2012

Well, it took a while, and an awfully circuitous route, but we’re finally getting back to the national debate we need to have, the one about the role of government. Unfortunately, it’s taken a terribly misguided, albeit revealing turn towards “makers versus takers.” What’s misguided about it?  It misses the dynamics of real lives in… Read more

Students, Their Neighborhoods, Their Schools, and the Unions

September 18th, 2012

I’ve done just one post on the Chicago teachers’ strike, pointing out that ratcheting up the weight on teachers’ evaluations based on value-added modeling (VAM)—one of Mayor Emmanuel’s conditions—is a really bad idea.  Now, according to Reuters, the framework agreement they’ve reached out there scales back on that weighting.  Here’s a useful piece by Richard… Read more

Scattershots from the Road

July 17th, 2012

Quick road trip in progress so just a few scattered impressions from the hotel room, and pre-coffee so I can’t be held accountable. Econowatch: Yesterday’s retail sales numbers were a concern because there’s a negative trend there — see figure — over the last quarter (April, May, June) which corresponds to the slower growth in… Read more