Sunday links.

Diane Ravitch interviews the teacher union hating Steve Brill on CSPAN.

Running late with the post today. Enjoyed my last summer Sunday with the grand kids.

Tim Furman features a youtube video of Robin Steans on speed.

The Chicago Reader’s Ben Joravsky with another tale of a Chicago teacher. This should piss you off big time.

“Standardized tests keep kids from learning,” says my pal Gabe Lyon who heads up Project Exploration in Chicago.

There is big trouble for the hypocrite from Ohio, the Republican Governor John Kasich. That’s what happens when progressives and unions fight back.

Now that it appears Tripoli has fallen to the rebels, trouble for the US and NATO may have just begun. Trust me. I’ve seen this movie before.

Most pernicious is (Steve) Brill’s repeated claim that the effects of poverty can be not only mitigated but completely beaten back by good teachers. “A snowballing network of education reformers across the country…were producing data about how teaching counted more than anything else,” Brill writes in the book’s opening pages. Later, he devotes a chapter to economists Thomas Kane and Douglas Staiger, whose work on value-added teacher evaluation has powerfully influenced Bill Gates’s education philanthropy. “It wasn’t that poverty or other factors didn’t affect student performance,” Brill summarizes. “Rather, it was that teacher effectiveness could overcome those disadvantages” (emphasis added).

In fact, the work of the many researchers Brill approvingly cites—including Kane, Staiger and Stanford’s Eric Hanushek—shows that while teaching is the most important in-school factor affecting student achievement, family and neighborhood characteristics matter more. The research consensus has been clear and unchanging for more than a decade: at most, teaching accounts for about 15 percent of student achievement outcomes, while socioeconomic factors account for about 60 percent. Dana Goldstein, The Nation

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