I apologize for my lack of a post yesterday and this lame post today. I just can’t seem to think of a good post.
Yesterday Greg suggested that I blog about this excellent editorial in the Wall Street Journal denouncing the Ford Foundation for giving $100 million to the teachers union to spur education reform and claiming that this money would ”shake up the conversations surrounding school reform and help spur some truly imaginative thinking and partnerships.” The Ford Foundation might as well give $100 million to the city of Las Vegas to address gambling addiction.
But the Wall Street Journal already did a great job, so it didn’t seem worth my blogging about since I really wouldn’t have anything to add.
I also thought about blogging about how the Race to the Top criteria issued this week hardly demand meaningful reform from states. But I’ve already written several times on how little we should expect from Race to the Top, such as here. The bigger surprise is that anyone is surprised. Besides, Jeanne Allen did a fine job critiquing the Race to the Top criteria here. And on top of all that, I’ve probably been beating up on Obama and Duncan about education reform too much. The reality is that at least they are saying a lot of the right things, which has had a big effect on education reform battles at the state and local level. It’s a big deal that a Democratic Administration has (at least rhetorically) thrown its weight fully behind expanding choice and competition (if only via charters), merit pay, weakening teacher tenure, etc…
I also thought about blogging about a bunch of local issues. A state school board member was featured in an article in the Northwest Arkansas Times explaining why she opposed every newly proposed charter school in Arkansas this year. She helpfully explained that she had visited a predominantly Hispanic school in Springdale, AR that was making AYP with its ESL students and “that helped convince her Springdale’s services were sufficient for their students.” There’s no need to let those families decide if the quality of their education is sufficient.
But some of my friends who write the excellent blog, Mid-Riffs, were already working on something to address this. I saw no need to duplicate.
In short, I’m sorry, folks. Maybe I’ll think of something fresh soon. Or maybe I can just keep writing about all the things that I was going to write about but didn’t. Or did I?