The progressive addiction to educational bullshit

You’re at a dinner party and the topic of education comes up. Everyone near you is white, college educated, and has 2.5 children. They are on the vanguard of gentrification and appreciate cosmetic diversity. Over the past year they have made a contribution to either Hillary or Bernie. You know schools are complex and can’t …

This American Hype

I fully realize that the world does not need one more podcast. Still, after spending a weekend in Hull, Massachusetts with my homie Justin Cohen this past March it seemed inevitable that we would take our meandering, incessant conversations to the next level. Which brings me to The Beard Brothers Dope Show episode #1 (I’ll let …

Autonomy and speed in NOLA

By all accounts last year’s school enrollment season was hell for many parents in New Orleans. The shortcomings were celebrated by critics and described this way by the Times Picayune: New Orleans public school enrollment faltered badly Wednesday when hundreds of parents arrived at the lone resource center to sign up their children — only to be …

But seriously folks, leadership

If you missed it, let me catch you up. Two days ago Dr. Andre Perry wrote a piece in Hechinger arguing in support of a bill that would place successful schools in New Orleans under the governance of the dysfunctional Orleans Parish School Board. I countered with a piece pointing out the OPSB’s long record …

Forcing bad government on good schools

There is a move in Louisiana to force independent schools back under the rule of the Orleans Parish School Board. My sparring partner Andre Perry has a piece this morning in Hechinger that is supportive of the proposal. He believes “takeover districts,” those where state entities take ownership of chronically failing schools, lack a strategy for …