Required Readings

Required Readings, 04.13.14, Professor Workload Allocation, Vouchers in LA, Texas Does the Right Thing, and Equitable Teacher Distribution

I’m not breaking any news when I tell you that university professors are being asked to do more with less, but a new study out of Boise State University paints a clearer picture of how faculty members allocate their time.  Their findings are yet another wave that is eroding away the idea of the ivory tower.  Rather than spending most of their time on their own research, the data shows they spend most of their time teaching students, and are doing research more and more on their own time.

The Department of Justice fell a major blow in the fight against racial segregation caused by voucher programs in Louisiana.

For once you don’t have to groan after reading about education news out of Texas.  The Texas Board of Education is differentiating itself from Arizona by embracing it’s Mexican population.  They are voting to add a Mexican-American Studies elective to their high school curriculum.

A new report on equitable distribution of effective teachers was published by the Center for American Progress.  They found that there are some states and districts who are actively trying to match effective teachers with high need students, while others are using teacher effectiveness instruments that are out of date.  They put forth a number of recommendations to identify, hire, and retain high quality teachers.  Their main argument is that measures of teacher effectiveness should be tied to student achievement, and that the best teachers should be incentivized to work in the highest need schools.

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Keith is a high school Chemistry and Biology teacher for an urban public school district in an area of the country where pants are called “britches.” Though he has a degree in Percussion Performance, he teaches science because he thinks that a well honed skeptical toolbox is necessary for a more informed citizenry and a more just and prosperous society. When he’s not in the classroom, he spends all his time with his wife and two children, attempting to become the first person in the world to be both a perfect husband and father.

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