Saturday, June 5, 2010

Beavers and education fads

There were two magazine articles that have caught my eye. The first one is a multi-page article from this month's Mother Earth News: "The Good Work of Busy Beavers." It has some nice photography and I've been reading it to the kids. It's not every day you see a good article on beavers.

The second article is Mary McConnell's First Things review of Diane Ravitch's The Death and Life of the Great American School Systems. I loved McConnell's opening paragraph:
"Catholic schools reap one benefit from poverty," the high-school principal hiring me commented ruefully (I'd just glimpsed my pay package). "By the time we've scrounged up money for the latest educational innovation, everybody else has figured out it doesn't work."

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