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    Archive for October, 2011

    A critique of the NEPC report on K-12 online learning

    I have great respect for the folks at the National Educational Policy Center. In particular, I hold Gene Glass and Kevin Welner in very high regard; they are genuine, world-class scholars. But, I think they fouled up their newest policy brief, Online K-12 Schooling in the U.S.: Uncertain Private Ventures in Need of Public Regulation. […]


    Best. Dissertation. Ever.

    Well, certainly the best one I’ve ever read (and I’ve read dozens). This is the dissertation recently defended by one of my new colleagues, Dr. Hilary Hughes-Decatur. It is an absolutely brilliant piece of work; it’s rich with issues to be explored, ranging from how we deal with “bodily-not-enoughness” in schools to how we elicit […]


    My “guerilla” tactic for Open Access Week

    I’ve copied the text of an email that I sent today to all the members of the VCU School of Education community. To some of you, the idea of scheduling a room and inviting people to have a conversation may seem benign, hardly “guerilla;” especially in “the academy.” But, I anticipate a good deal of […]


    On being “…crazy enough” to “…challenge old assumptions”

    We lost two giant minds last night. From Steve Jobs: Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing […]


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