SHORT READS: THURSDAY AUGUST 2

  • Education jargon: What ‘no excuses’ and other terms really mean
  • | 98 D.C. teachers fired for poor performance
  • | School Reform Impossible without a plan

Education jargon: What ‘no excuses’ and other terms really mean

Apart from politics, the most contentious public issue today is education. It is a polarized field, where all kinds of governmental bodies, organizations, think tanks, and citizen groups hold strong views about how schools should change or be managed and whether or not it would be better to privatize them altogether. At the same time, most people have little knowledge about the realities of education, basing their opinions on personal experience, their worldviews, and what their leaders tell them. Thus, the flow of jargon is plentiful and forceful, seeking to turn the tide of public opinion irrevocably in a particular direction.

98 D.C. teachers fired for poor performance

Education reform, D.C.-style, continues apace under Chancellor Kaya Henderson: The D.C. Public Schools have fired nearly 100 teachers for subpar performance as gauged by the controversial IMPACT evaluation system.

School Reform Impossible without a plan

Education reform needs a “strategic planning meeting,” so the obvious question is this: What are the next steps for education reform?

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