TNR Blog-torials!

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Take a second to check out  a couple of blog-torials on education policy recently published at The New Republic blog “The Plank”. Both penned by Seward Darby who we’ve posted before here. The first, Is Darling-Hammond Going to Be Duncan’s Deputy? points a cautionary glance at the Obama Administration for the recent rumors that Linda Darling-Hammond may become Arne Duncan’s Deputy Secretary of Education. Darby questions the degree to which Darling-Hammond, a Stanford Professor of Education, will fundamentally change and improve the U.S. System of Education. Darby’s concern seems to be generated from her opinion of Darling-Hammond as a “traditionalist,” aligned more with teacher unions and against programs like Teach for America.

Is Darling-Hammond the right choice? Who would be better?

The second article, Do More on Education in the Stimulus, also by Darby, is an appeal to the new administration to do more for education in the upcoming economic stimulus package. Again, Darby positions the largest percentage of the $140 Billion focusing on a “stabilization fund meant to prevent major education cuts and layoffs” as a thinly veiled attempt to keep under-performing teachers employed at the expense of ignoring the systemic problem of teacher quality in our public school system.

How do you reform this system of education? How do you improve teacher quality? What are the immediate goals? How do you solve those and plan for a more visionary future?

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One Response to TNR Blog-torials!

  1. Nancy Wang says:

    You know, I’m rather confused about what constitutes “reform” or “reform-mindedness” in the education world. How is it that Darling-Hammond is attacked as a traditionalist, yet Stanford advertises its teacher prep program as very reform-minded? The UCLA education dept also has a very, very activist social-justice agenda, yet they tend to be wary of charter schools and the like. So is all this discussion of reform really just a cover for the ideological lines that have always existed?

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