I Love You but You Didn’t Do the Reading

Even with all the Superbowl hype, other stuff still had the nerve to happen last week. Here are a few of the stories that caught our eye:

Rep. Pelosi addresses Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, at CSpan.

Too harsh to hear? MN professor suspended over discussion of n-word, at IHE.

You never know what you’ll find in the archives, at LC:

Dinks on dogs

???

What is the right path for improving schools? Focus on classroom practice instead of “accountability” says Robert Pondiscio at FP.

To an accountability hammer, everything is a nail. Shifting ed reform’s focus to improving practice is an acknowledgment that underperformance is not a failure of will, but a lack of capacity. . . . Forcing changes in behavior, whether through lawmaking or lawsuit, may win compliance, but it doesn’t advance understanding and sophistication.

Cursive makes a comeback in Maine, at PPH.

Update: Liberty U stands by its CIO in kooky Trump poll-fixing scam, at IHE.

Trump on Bibles in schools:

Trump’s tweet . . . reflect[s] a deep misunderstanding about the way the Bible, in the present and the past, has been handled in public school. In fact, the measures to which he seems to be referring, state-level bills promoting study of the Bible in public schools, aren’t new and aren’t necessary. It’s already legal to teach about the Bible in U.S. public schools, but the topic has been swallowed in recent decades by politics and culture war that blur that fact.

The news from Davos: Artificial Intelligence and the classroom, at Curmudgucation.

We were going to “teacher proof” classrooms with instruction in a box, complete with scripts, so that anybody could do it. We were going to staff schools with Teach for America temps who would never stay long enough to make more than starting salary or earn a pension. We were going to identify the super-teachers and give them classes of hundreds of students (after we fired everyone else). We were going to implement merit pay, meaning we’d lower the base pay into the base ment and give “bonuses” whenever we felt like it. We were going to get rid of tenure and FILO so that we could fire people who were too expensive. We were going to redefine success as high test scores keyed to a list of simplified standards so that no special expertise was needed to achieve success. We would break the teacher unions and strip them of negotiating power.

The new Colorado anti-gay baker: Alliance Defending Freedom sues Vermont for religious discrimination against religious schools, at BFP.

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  1. Sharon Lee Holdren

     /  February 5, 2019

    I just finished Fundamentalist U and cannot help but think that all the efforts expended by these “Christian” schools (I am a graduate of Bob Jones University) to both define themselves and to proclaim their “holier than thou” status is sadly reminiscent of medieval Scholasticism.

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  2. sharonholdren1983

     /  February 5, 2019

    I just finished Fundamentalist U and cannot help but think that all the efforts expended by these “Christian” schools (I am a graduate of Bob Jones University) to both define themselves and to proclaim their “holier than thou” status is sadly reminiscent of medieval Scholasticism.

    Reply

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