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Civil rights pioneer honored at commencement

December 16, 2014
Civil rights pioneer honored at commencement

Last weekend, Michigan State held its fall commencement ceremony, at which six individuals were honored with honorary degrees.  Much of the focus during the weekend was on George Will, one of the degree recipients, because of controversy around a Washington Post column he had written earlier this year about sexual assault on college campuses. ...
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“Easy A’s” gets an F

November 14, 2014
“Easy A’s” gets an F

I have written in the past about problems with reports on the teacher preparation industry issued by the National Council on Teacher Quality (see here and here, for example).  In order to keep its name in front of the media in-between the releases of...
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Missing the mark on “missing the mark”

October 10, 2014
Missing the mark on “missing the mark”

This week’s New York Times contained a piece by economics columnist Eduardo Porter titled “Why Aid for College is Missing the Mark.”  In the article, Porter argues that the “Bennett Hypothesis” – the assertion first made 27 years ago by former Secretary of Education...
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Engaging in educational policy issues

October 6, 2014
Engaging in educational policy issues

  Last week, the College of Education launched its new educational policy blog, Green & Write.  The blog, coordinated by faculty member and educational policy expert Rebecca Jacobsen, focuses...
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Back to school . . .

September 5, 2014
Back to school . . .

It’s back-to-school time for approximately 55 million children and 20 million college students around the country.  For those of us who are educators, it’s an exhilarating – and at...
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“A 0.000007 percent chance”

August 13, 2014
“A 0.000007 percent chance”

Student loans continue to be a popular topic in the media, with most of the stories (at least upon a quick glance) focusing on how terrible the growing volume...
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