Education Notes


A few notes from the world of education news.

  • America’s top schools are struggling with an amazing crop of applicants who they simply don’t have enough room to hold, says Joseph Berger in the New York Times. Working with some of these students, I have come to see the often absurd logic of the admissions process at elite schools, who stubbornly cling to admitting legacies, which compounds the problem.
  • Would a Giuliani administration have a Bush education policy on steroids?
  • President Bush’s Reading First program is under Department of Justice investigation for cozy relationships between schools and publishers. Don’t hold your breath on that investigation. On the bright side, Bush is cutting funding for the program, one of the hallmarks of the non-punitive side of NCLB.
  • Can you teach reading with comic books? On first glance, it looks like another educational fad without much academic research supporting it.
  • James Heckman and Paul LaFontaine argue that the dropout rate is worse than we are being told in this working paper (PDF).
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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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