Rewarding failure in Jefferson County Schools

Read the full “Rewarding Failure” commentary here. According to superintendent Sheldon Berman’s performance evaluation the 2008-2009 stated goals for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) were: “…to enhance effective teaching, enhance effective leadership, strengthen organizational culture and improve organizational effectiveness” Enhancing effectiveness is great.  That sort of language makes people feel good.  However, I hope there…

Can they quit?

I read an article today about using MRIs to discern whether smokers are able to quit smoking.  Whether they are able to depends on certain activity in the area of the brain responsible for behavior change. I wonder if we could use this same technique to determine… …if the Kentucky General Assembly can change their…

Survey says: Or, does it???

The headline of a Courier-Journal article about a survey on school diversity proclaims, “90 percent of JCPS parents favor diverse schools, survey says.” You have to read down to the fourth paragraph before finding any hint that maybe the survey says quite a bit more. That’s the first time you learn that large percentages of…