Teachers taking professional development into their own hands in Jefferson County

FINALLY! WDRB just ran a short article, “Teachers create, attend inaugural ‘EdCampJCPS’” that really caught my attention. It talks about teachers in Jefferson County taking professional development into their own hands, running their own seminar program where teachers can share success and failure programs with their colleagues. Now, this is encouraging. Teachers acting as real…

How’s that? Courier-Journal says ‘Kentucky ranks 19th in higher ed spending’

The Courier-Journal reports that “Kentucky ranks 19th in higher ed spending!” The Courier references a report from Wall Street 24/7 that shows Kentucky’s annual higher ed. spending per student is $6,898. The highest spending state is Wyoming, with annual higher ed. spending per student of $17,300. The lowest spending state is New Hampshire with annual…

Teens tell reporter they don’t like student-led classrooms

Common Core supporters have pushed the ideas of student-centered and group learning across the country. That is why it was especially interesting when veteran reporter Maureen Downey wrote in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about: “What teens resent: Classrooms controlled by students rather than teachers.” Things teens told Downey they don’t like include: Classes where learning is…

Federally sponsored study: Boston’s charter high schools work

The National Center for Education Statistics’ What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established a number of years ago to find valuable needles in the incredibly large haystack of mostly unscientific, if not outright garbage, studies on education. WWC applies fairly rigorous rules to evaluate the real quality of research. Reports that don’t meet minimum quality standards…

Los Angeles Times editors get it – Philanthropies don’t have all the answers about education

The Los Angeles Times just ran a very good article concerning the failure of a number of education programs that have received massive funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The title says a lot: “Editorial | Gates Foundation failures show philanthropists shouldn’t be setting America’s public school agenda” This is a solidly thought…

Kentucky’s education commissioner tells feds where to get off!

Wow! It looks like the US Department of Education has now gone too far. Even the ever-federal-tax-dollar-chasing Kentucky Department of Education has had enough! WLKY has the details of this remarkable development where federal demands for Kentucky to do nonsense things like testing with obsolete tests are getting the cold shoulder in the Bluegrass State.…