Education Reform Round-Up

For a number of reasons, I’ve felt for a long time that the debates over K-12 and Higher Ed Reforms are politically and institutionally linked: this is because arguments from one debate tend to get imported into the other, but also because the effects of K-12 reforms like NCLB are already having their impact on things like college readiness.  So here’s a selection of recent pieces I found that discuss reforms and their effects from a number of angles:

  • A long overdue piece by Nick Lemann in the NYer about the overblown “education crisis.”
  • In a critique of yet another accountability/productivity astroturf group’s press release, (The Center for Accountability and Productivity) Daniel Luzer of the Washington Monthly asks, “Just how easy is it to measure what colleges do?”  (Incidentally, does anyone know who is funding the The Center for Accountability and Productivity?) (though I must say they have interesting arguments and data about financial aid and the trends in the higher ed work force)
  • One of my favorite education bloggers, Dana Goldstein, asks “What Happens when Curriculum drives Education Reform?”
  • Observational Epidemiology asks, Which businesses should education model itself on?  Surely not NBC
  • Matt Yglesias picks up an interesting study that shows how public posting of job salaries affects job satisfaction.



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