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Weekend Reads: The education policy passions for and against Arne Duncan

  • Arne Duncan’s quest to push for educational equity through high standards and accountability from the highest branch of government inspires a lot of passion, both in favor of his vision and in opposition to it. (Politico)
  • The “opportunity gap” doesn’t end at high school. Students from affluent families are more likely to land elite jobs after college than students from working-class homes because of social skills they learned from their parents. (Washington Post)
  • What the sound of slamming lockers, or lack thereof, tells us about the other ways a Denver school is trying to improve, including its use of a New York-developed Common Core-aligned curriculum. (Chalkbeat)
  • Do high schools that train students for technical vocations, not college, represent an abandonment of those students or an investment in their future? One Philadelphia school offers clues. (The Atlantic)
  • As a charter school chain designed to upend traditional school bureaucracies grows larger and its systems grow more complex, the ways its executive handles logistical snafus reveal a lot about the challenges of running large school systems and what changing those systems could actually take. (Chalkbeat)
  • An Ohio dad got Internet famous for posting on Facebook the donation check he wrote to a school making fun of Common Core… (Buzzfeed)
  • …And then an Ohio math teacher took him down for mocking what he didn’t understand. (Patheos)
  • Here’s a moving essay about the emotional toll it takes on immigrant students when teachers and peers refuse to learn how to properly pronounce their names. (The Toast)
  • The experience of having one’s name butchered is very common for English language learners especially, and can have subtle but lasting consequences on children’s educations. (Chalkbeat)