On the Appropriateness of Topics for Impromptu Writing Exams

When I expressed, to a group of others teaching developmental writing within the CUNY system, the complaints I had heard from students about the topics they has been asked to write about on the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing (CATW), I got two responses.  One was that the prompt, concerning whether or not amateurs should … Continue reading On the Appropriateness of Topics for Impromptu Writing Exams

Oh, How We Justify! Oh, How We Turn Away!

Yesterday, in partnership with Learning Specialist AE Dreyfuss, I presented a paper at "The CUNY Conference on Best Practices in Reading/Writing Instruction."  We talked about a pilot project we are conducting using Fred Keller's Personalized System of Instruction and the Peer-Led Team Learning concept.  The other papers on our panel were quite interesting--and I learned … Continue reading Oh, How We Justify! Oh, How We Turn Away!

Measure for Measure

Robert Crease, author of World in the Balance: The Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement wrote a piece for The New York Times that appeared the other day, "Measurement and Its Discontents." He notes that:In his book “The Mismeasure of Man,” Stephen Jay Gould recounted the costs, both to society and to human knowledge, … Continue reading Measure for Measure

How to Make Education Worse: Lesson Fifty-Seven

Mark Naison, a professor at Fordham University, posted a piece yesterday on his blog With a Brooklyn Accent that should make anyone with familiarity with the problems of contemporary American education grit their teeth in frustration.  Writing about the Choice Neighborhoods initiative of SUNY Buffalo’s Center for Urban Studies, the city's Municipal Housing Authority and Erie … Continue reading How to Make Education Worse: Lesson Fifty-Seven

Excerpt: Beyond the Blogosphere

Here is a short excerpt from Beyond the Blogosphere: Information and Its Children by Robert Leston and me.  We have just finished going over the page proofs--the book should appear in December:There is still a need for teachers, for leaders, for exemplars. And, if their space is not filled by people who are themselves well trained … Continue reading Excerpt: Beyond the Blogosphere

The "He Said/She Said" of Education

Jay Rosen provides a smell test for he said/she said journalism:There’s a public dispute.The dispute makes news.No real attempt is made to assess clashing truth claims in the story, even though they are in some sense the reason for the story. (Under the “conflict makes news” test.)The means for assessment do exist, so it’s possible … Continue reading The "He Said/She Said" of Education

Education "Facts": Brill v. Ravitch

Recently, I posted a response to Steven Brill's piece for Reuters, "The School Reform Deniers" (it was reposted by Raging Chicken Press a few days ago).  In it, I call into question what he claims as his journalistic impartiality and also question what he resorts to calling "facts."  In the latest issue of The New … Continue reading Education "Facts": Brill v. Ravitch