-If money doesn't matter in education, why are all of the most expensive colleges among the nation's elite?
-Did you know that even the most pessimistic teachers are significantly more optimistic than the general public about the extent to which teachers can help even poor students who have uninvolved parents? With all the rhetoric about defeatists and bad teachers flying around, let's not forget that most teachers are neither.
-A number of districts have taken to filling their teaching vacancies with foreign teachers. While culture shock means it doesn't always work out, done the right way we can learn a lot from foreign teachers.
-I've devoted more than a few posts to asking whether we should educate poor kids differently. Deborah Meier says that what works for rich students works for all students.
update: and a couple more:
-Here's a good, super-short story about corruption, cops, and truancy (hat tip: GothamSchools)
-I give any new blog a lengthy tryout before I think about adding it to my blogroll or subscribe to the feed in Google Reader, but Linda Perlstein's new blog is off to a good start. In her second post, she corrects Obama's insinuation that teachers influence achievement more than even home factors. Though I don't quite understand why she thinks that principals, who many kids barely see, influence kids as much as teachers.