Just in case you have not read, seen, or heard: a few links you may be interested in
#1: In an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times, education historian Diane Ravitch discusses:
What could be wrong with promoting charter schools to compete with public schools? Why shouldn’t we demand accountability from educators and use test scores to reward our best teachers and identify those who should find another job?
And she predicts:
Having embraced the Republican agenda of choice, competition and accountability, the Obama administration is promoting the privatization of large segments of American education and undermining the profession of teaching. This toxic combination is the latest Big Idea in education reform. Like so many of its predecessors, it is not likely to improve education.
I cannot agree more.
#2: A Youtube video brought to my attention by Dr. David Lustick of UMASS about education and hip hop in China. Hear what these non-traditional Chinese musicians have to say about China’s education. Also read the very interesting comments on this video.
#3: My interview with Gail Connelly of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) on NAESP Radio about American education.
#4: My interview on China’s CCTV about recent education reform efforts in China.