Insidious narratives

Insidious narratives

The eternally contested purpose of education is something that most of us know well. Should education prepare the next wave of income earners into the labor market with a basic set of skills or is education meant to prepare all children for higher-level classical pursuits? Depth or breadth? Since the formation of the Federal Department of …

Alex Molnar on Virtual Education

Alex Molnar on Virtual Education

Alex Molnar is a research professor at the University of Colorado whose work I was fortunate to discover when I was doing research for my Policy Analysis. He recently published a policy paper, Virtual Schools in the U.S 2013: Politics,Performance, Policy and Research Evidence . He frames commercialism as “ the curriculum of our culture“. …

Hess, Rothstein and Ravitch-Oh My

Hess, Rothstein and Ravitch-Oh My

Returning from Spring Break this week, I could not help but feel overwhelmed. I finally completed my first comparative essay for my Educational Policy class. The assignment was to compare “tough-accountability” ideologue Rick Hess who advocates a market-based approach with Richard Rothstein who uses social class to explain the achievement gap. For Hess’ vision, schools …