Sometimes it’s just good to go back to the old favorites. Times like, maybe, today. Times when you seem to have had your teeth broken by the dentist somehow, various mechanical devices around your house have simultaneously fallen apart and the August heat just will not, will not end. Bill Evans, “Waltz For Debby”and an… Read More Friday Distraction, 8.10.12: Bill Evans Trio
“Socialist” Barack Obama and his fellow Trotskyites in the educational Kremlin have run a little money contest known as “Race For the Top” the last couple of years, and now, just before she speaks at the Republican Convention, vaunted free-market conservative NM Governor Susana Martinez has announced a $3.5 million pot of money available to… Read More Susana Martinez Announces “Race From the Bottom”
An undergraduate researcher (i.e., at least he wasn’t paid) has found that… Middle school students who frequently use “tech-speak”—omitting letters to shorten words and using homophone symbols, such as @ for “at” or 2nite for “tonight”—performed worse on a test of basic grammar… No word yet from education researchers on whether middle schoolers are emotionally mercurial… Read More Today in Educational News of the Obvious
We’re all busy people these days, so let’s cut right to what’s most important: Which of the fourteen new NM charter school applications is silliest? This annual event is one we at Burque Babble have been following the past few years, and let me tell ya…the competition is incredibly fierce. It is a veritable… Read More Here They Are…Your 2012 NM Charter Schools Applicants!
Florida is looking for a new Education Commissioner. Anybody here in New Mexico got a recommendation for a replacement? Can anyone here in the Land of Enchantment possibly think of anyone with educational commissioner sort of experience and Florida connections? Maybe someone who has had a bit of trouble being formally confirmed in their current,… Read More “Skanning” For a Florida Education Commissioner Replacement
Most only talk and joke of doing truly stupid things, but a rare few go beyond mere talk and put incredibly dumb ideas into action. That rare few includes certain folks working for the Lakeland (Ohio) School District. Anyone who has worked at a public school since No Child Left Behind came around has joked… Read More Scrubbing Standardized Test Scores Dirty: A Primer
The days fly and it’s been too many now since we started brainstorming ideas on how to properly test 8th Graders on reading in New Mexico. We’ve been busy, but maybe one reason the days flew by is just how life-alteringly boring it is to read the 8th Grade “Language Arts” Standards/Benchmarks/Strands/Whatever. All sales of OTC and prescription… Read More Brainstorming The Next Standardized Reading Test: A Guide, Part II