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Question The Numbers

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:30:28 +0000

The PISA results for 2015 were released this week. US students were ranked below the average of other countries. And their scores dropped from 2012, the last time the test was administered. Cue the panicky headlines! The stories, of course, are largely written by news staff who barely know what PISA stands for (Programme for […]

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3-2-1 For 12-4-16

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:08:16 +0000

Three readings worth your time this week. Still thinking about Cuba. This story of a filmmaker who created a documentary in the country without permission is a reminder that the steps to restore relations with the US over the past two years are only a small start. The Cuban people still have no right to […]

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Blogging Still Matters

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:49:35 +0000

Returning to the idea of a domain of one’s own, I ran across a post from long time blogger Andy Baio who mourns the “decline of independent blogging”, but still believes “they’re still worth fighting for”. Ultimately, it comes down to two things: ownership and control. Here, I control my words. Nobody can shut this site […]

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The Strange Holiday Mix 2016 – Best of Edition

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:09:40 +0000

I’ve been posting this list for more than 10 years, but this year we seem to have a major shortage of original, interesting, and/or weird holiday songs. Even The Killers, instead of a new, oddball holiday song, dropped a compilation of their past Christmas singles (adding one cover of a holiday classic). So in that spirit, […]

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Cuba and the World

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:31:03 +0000

Although much about the Cuba we visited earlier this month is firmly stuck in the 50’s and 60’s, we did notice some small but clear signs that changes were happening in that country. I have no idea exactly how the passing of Fidel Castro last week will affect them but I doubt it will reverse […]

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The False Promise of Charters

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:04:32 +0000

When it comes to charter schools, you would be hard pressed to find a bigger cheerleader in the press than Jay Mathews. Especially if the school has the letters KIPP on the front door. After all, Mathews has visited “more than 50 great charters” (out of about 7,000 in the US), and, based on his […]

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3-2-1 For 11-20-16

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:14:45 +0000

Three readings worth your time this week. National Geographic says our national parks are changing, due to a warming climate and other factors, and looks at how our management of those wilderness areas must also change. As you might expect from Nat Geo, the photographs that accompany the article are wonderful. (17:00) If you want […]

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