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As many of you probably know from visiting True/Slant over the past couple of months, the site recently was purchased by Forbes. Lots of changes are in store, one of them being that the services of many current T/S writers (myself included) will no longer be needed as of August 1. Since I begin a new job next week and am redoubling my efforts to (finally) complete my dissertation, I’m saying goodbye a little early.
I’d like to thank True/Slant for providing me with a wonderful opportunity over the past 11 months. A year ago, I never would have imagined having a blog to my name, sharing my ideas and opinions with strangers across the Internet. I’m grateful to Katie Drummond, who was open to my pitch for The Report Card and helped me get on my feet early on, never getting annoyed despite my barrage of questions. Thanks also to Coates Bateman and Michael Roston, who provided me with feedback, story ideas, and encouragement.
Most of all, thanks to everyone who took time to read this page, especially family members, friends, and other T/S contributors who came regularly to the page in the beginning when I didn’t know what I was doing. I also appreciate those readers who took the time to add their comments at the end of my posts, helping me and other readers deepen our understanding of issues.
I’m not sure what exactly happens on August 1–if this page ceases to exist entirely, or if my posts will still be available–so if you’re interested in revisiting any favorite columns I’ve included an index below. Enjoy, and au revoir!
Week of October 12, 2009
Week of October 19, 2009
Week of October 26, 2009
Week of November 2, 2009
Week of November 11, 2009
Week of November 22, 2009
February 9, 2010
The education quotation of the year (seven months early)
My Reading List
Just released: 2009 PDK/Gallup Poll
Wanted: Education reform…Reward: $$$
In defense of No Child Left Behind
Why Obama and Arne will get their way with teachers’ unions
The NCLB limbo: How low can states go?
Blow the whole thing up and start from scratch! (Or not)
National education standards are here, and it’s about time
The continued vilification of No Child Left Behind
How should Obama fix No Child Left Behind?
Update on the Harlem Children’s Zone
Vexing questions about math scores in Detroit
Kansas City’s cutbacks are a warning to the entire country
Urban education as you’ve never seen it
High school hell, from a student’s perspective
What Chicago gangs and Al-Qaeda have in common
Can anything be done about gang violence in Chicago?
Preventing violence in Chicago schools: A video update
Literacy/Early Childhood Education
Lunches and literacy: America’s stubborn insistence on paying to fix problems rather than prevent them
The latest national security threat? Inadequate early childhood education
The lesson Haiti should teach us about funding preschool
Why our future national security depends on funding Yemeni and American schools
Is elementary school what America does best?
Are America’s elementary schools getting it wrong?
Putting recess before lunch (How did we manage to do this backward for so long?)
Convincing high school students to give it the old college try
What the heck are these kids thinking?
A Florida State University scandal that actually matters
Do U.S. colleges lack confidence in the country’s K-12 students and teachers?
The Harvard you don’t know
The conversation you and your 18-year-old need to have over the holidays
17 things high school grads need to consider before leaving for college
What’s the point of our universities?
Hail to the Victors Valiant!
The promise and pitfalls of community colleges
Should college students be allowed to carry guns on campus?
High school seniors, cell phones, and the art of waiting
Was Chris Rock wrong about community college?
Wait a second…Now kids don’t need to go to college?
What should happen to college kids who are illegal immigrants?
Should plumbers and hairdressers go to college?
Can NFL film study help teachers improve?
The illogical argument against teacher merit pay
Why too many unsuccessful students become teachers
Why teachers will never make as much money as lawyers
Who has the tougher job–teachers or lawyers?
NYC decides paying teachers to not teach is a bad idea
A few words from Dennis Miller on teacher-student sex
Letter to an unemployed teacher
Obama talks about Malia’s test scores
A program for better parenting (and why conservatives oppose it)
Who’s responsible–parents or schools?
There’s no compromising with Obama on this issue
The young parents’ guide to teaching kids to read
Is it good parenting to encourage your kid to drop out of high school?
A short history of the term “achievement gap” (or is it “gaps”?)
Parenting, race, and student performance in school
College degrees don’t prevent racial discrimination
Is affirmative action making a comeback in California?
Should we expect schools to equalize our society?
Should schools mix rich and poor kids for the greater good? (part 2)
Should schools mix rich and poor kids for the greater good? (part 4)
Columns for GOOD (the website “for people who give a damn”)
Sandra Bullock’s new movie and a call to volunteerism
The ABCs of struggling schools
A tutor for every child–pipe dream or possibility?
When is it too early to say, “Your child is failing”?
PBS airing special on school principals
Building a windmill in Africa, MacGyver style
The Simpsons takes on education
A “Supreme” (and educational!) new computer game
Arne Duncan on The Colbert Report
Google for Educators: Free stuff for students, teachers, and parents
How did everything about the world change in 6 years?
PBS news resource for teens
A last-minute Christmas gift that will help teachers, kids, and your karma
Should college professors be allowed to digitally rewrite textbooks?
Why every parent should watch Adam Sandler’s new movie
The Report Card
Introduction to The Report Card
The Report Card: 100 Days In
The Report Card’s best month yet!
Pink is for boys, blue is for girls
Your child’s test scores aren’t as good as they look
Can 36 hours on campus change a high schooler’s life?
The real reason Americans complain about taxes
Rush Limbaugh mocks, demeans NJ students protesting teacher cuts
Could charter schools use a little bureaucracy?
England’s education bureaucracy
My wish for 2010: That we get our facts straight!
Why home schooling may harm our democracy
Do schools teach a “true” version of American history?
Is it possible to teach non-partisan, non-ideological history?
Does volunteering mean you care about your community?
Teach For America versus bad journalism
Coming soon: computer engineer Barbie
The best investment in education: A class of one
Mad at Texas? No worries…it’s California to the rescue!
Do America’s students deserve a bailout?