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Questioning the conventional wisdom

In some cases, advice like “stop” or “slow down” can be BAD for those involved — and this is the case more often than not in some education discussions.

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Moving the chair, at Penn State and in education

John Merrow relates the current scandal at Penn State back to the broader field of education.

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Be careful what you wish for

John Merrow offers up a simple request to both his liberal and conservative friends in the ed world.

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Honoring teachers — again?

There are literally hundreds of different “teachers’ days” all over the world, including October 5′s “World Teachers’ Day,” but John Merrow has a broader, albeit a modest, proposal regarding all of them.

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The intersection of technology and test scores

John Merrow examines the intersection point for two discussions within education: “the rising role of technology” and “the reliance on bubble tests as an assessment tool.” Where do they meet, and what can we do?

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Two Town Halls, and a peek into the future

John Merrow on the two “Town Hall” events he attended at the end of August 2011 — and what it tells us about the future of education journalism.

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Steven Brill and the berated dog

John Merrow looks at Steven Brill’s new book.

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