The advantage of having the Curmudgucation Institute operated with a staff of one, unpaid, is evident at times like these. I would give me a raise, but the Institute can't afford to stretch our budget of $0.00. I mention this because we all need to be periodically reminded that all one needs to be a policy spokesperson, think tank, or important activist group, is one person, a point of view, and access to the interwebz.
Speaking of which, here are the reads from the week. Warning--we have several Washington Post items this week, so if you're burning free views there, you may want to peruse the list and make your choices first.
The indispensable Mercedes Schneider with some short-but-sweet advice. When i think of all the times I tried to coach my colleagues to use this word...
Leslie Gray Streeter of the Washington Post took the radical step of talking to actual teachers (or former teachers).
Jan Resseger with some good news from Kentucky.
Lots of folks had mean things to say about US News and their crazy decision to rank elementary and middle schools, but Jack Schneider had the best dismantling of the whole foolish business for WBUR.
Michael Gerson for the Washington Post, offering some insight on one of Texas's moves to try to overtake Florida in the crazypants bad education ideas department.
In this education-adjacent story, Harvard Business School has the research that shows one bad side effect of closing newspapers.
The first big anti-crt-ban lawsuit is on its way. Stay tuned.
The "teachers at the end of their rope" genre has been blowing up lately, but this Cult of Pedagogy podcast (with transcript) is probably the most thorough of the breed.
While everyone else is worried about bans and disease, NYC has descended into a huge flap over gifted education. Nancy Flanagan has some thoughts about gifted education.
Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire at the Washington Post look at just how much control parents should have over school's programs.What is Taught in Public Schools? Volunteer as a Substitute Teacher and See for Yourself!
Oh, Texas. Believe it or not, we're back to making rules about how long a young man can grow his hair.
What is it--the fifties again? This suit actually has larger ramifications, because the charters' defense is that it's not a public school.
The Washington Post has a first-person account from one of the board members being harassed in Florida.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has this sad, sad tale. Okay, it's not a sad tale. Come enjoy the schadenfreude.
Tennessee is the home of one more aggressive attempt to ban books. Here's some good response to that in the Tennessean.Trump’s Lawyer Sues Wellesley for Charles Koch’s Phony “Parent” Group
If you've heard about this lawsuit, you need to read this piece from dark money expert Maurice Cunningham explaining just where the action is coming from.
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