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“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein



  • (Re)Introducing the Virginia Education Report

    A while back, my edu-colleague Chad Ratliff asked me if I was interested in joining him in an effort to create a space for “independent” reporting and commentary on educational policy issues in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was a terrific idea, and soon the Virginia Education Report was born. We had lots of grand […]

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  • A Critique of Rick Hess’ Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings

    Rick Hess just released the 2013 version of his Edu-scholar Public Presence Rankings. He claims that these rankings are “…designed to recognize those university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about K-12 and higher education. The rankings offer a useful, if imperfect, gauge of the public impact edu-scholars had in 2012.” I’m […]

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  • Data + both/and

    Nate Silver has received LOTS of attention in the mainstream media and among those I follow on Twitter. Forget the pre-election bashing of Silver, the post-election range of opinions on Silver’s work is unbelievably dramatic. Either “America’s Chief Wizard Nate Silver Had the Best Election Night of Anybody…” or “Obama’s big win does not mean […]

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  • The Coursera Gift Horse?

    On multiple occasions, a friend or family member not in the field of education has asked me for my opinion of Khan Academy. Maybe they saw Sal Khan on 60 Minutes or a teacher has introduced my friend or family member to KA. My response usually goes something like this: “I have a few concerns […]

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  • Honoring the occasion

    [NOTE: it may ultimately be that the subtitle of this post is “…or how I am justifying my attendance at the Bammys.” If this post sounds defensive, maybe that’s where it’s coming from. I don’t know; you make the call.] One of my mentors once taught me about “honoring the occasion.” I think it was […]

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