Great EXpectations

Will the heaviest hitter of all lend His support to the civil rights i$$ue of our time?

Reader: there are already plenty of marquee names involved in the crusade to *crush* the achievement gap. But thus far the biggest name of all has yet to weigh in upon the civil rights i$$ue of our time. I am talking, of course, about the Big Guy, the Man Upstairs, Sky Daddy, Him… Thankfully, thanks to the efforts of a former Teacher for America, that may be about to change. Let’s learn more, shall we? Continue reading

Equity, Schmequity

Elitism and the education reform movement

Like many of your fine states, Massachusetts is now home to a veritable alphabet-soup of education reform groups, albeit a can in which the letters FER seem to be somewhat overrepresented. Just yesterday, for example, a reader sent me a notice from a new chapter of a student reform group at Tufts University, headed up by a young equestrienne whose own secondary education came courtesy of a $33,000 private school. She is helping to mobilize the next generation of education reform leaders by reaching out to fellow students who “[h]ad a bad public school experience” and are interested in help[ing] out in charter school events around in the Boston area.Continue reading

The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Leave

The case of the disappearing (and *unusually effective*) charter school teachers

Do you dream of CRUSHING the achievement gap but aren’t sure that a 14 hour work day is right for you? Are you MAD passionate about training the next generation of test takers but worry that you lack the hand gestures to keep a large class of minority students on task? Reader: I’ve got excellent news. Thanks to our excellent and innovative friends at MATCH Education you can test drive your dream with absolutely no obligation to buy. Continue reading

Is Education Rephorm Phever Hereditary?

There is growing evidence that rephorm phever may be genetic.

Reader: the rich are different from you and me. For starters they REALLY want to bring freshness and innovation to the public schools they didn’t attend—and they have the dough to realize their dream of a world in which every minority child will be taught by a young white teacher traverse the achievement gap with panache.

But it turns out that the species known as homo job creator-us may be handing down more than trust funds and horsemanship to their offspring. Like a Habsburg chin, a passion for education rephorm can also be passed from generation to generation. Continue reading

The Passions of Ann Romney: Horses, Charter Schools

In a new interview with Good Housekeeping Ann Romney reveals that her major passions include horses and charter schools.

Reader, I have been so worried about what will happen to the most vulnerable among us should Mitt Romney win the election: children Democrats for Education Reform. What if, even though DFER’s positions on education are straight out of the ALEC playbook, these scrappy ascot wearing advocates for reform should find themselves without a seat at the table after the election—and all because of a pesky little symbol after their name: IV ‘D’?

So what a relief it is to find out that Ann Romney has so much in common with the hedge fund men of DFER, not to mention their striving little siblings, the prep school contingent that is Students for Education Reform. Ann likes horses, DFER and SFER both grew up riding, even though mummy and daddy made them leave Foxy at home when they went off to Deerfield Academy. Ann and Mitt had some hardscrabble years when they were barely scraping by on stock options. DFER and SFER get by on their passion for the civil right$ i$$ue of our time, boosted solely by occasional donations from the Walton family and an extensive network of hedge funder friends. Continue reading