No secret here, I love the Georgetown Academy series and now Coliloquy is releasing Season One (the first four books as a single collection). If 1000 people Mark it as Want to Read on Goodreads (CLICK HERE) by Tuesday, 6/11 then the authors will release a “lost” scene. If 2000 people do it, then we get a scene from one of the boys’ perspectives. I NEED THESE SCENES PEOPLE! So please please please add it to your shelf. Not sure if Georgetown is for you? Well here’s ten reasons I love it!
MY TOP TEN REASONS TO READ AND LOVE GEORGETOWN ACADEMY:
As everyone knows by now, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, just donated $100 million dollars to the Newark Public school system. Technically, he created a non-profit foundation and the $100 million dollars is actually challenge money which means that they will receive an amount of money then if certain benchmarks are met by the school district, they will receive more money (so on and so forth). I am particularly interested in finding out what these benchmarks are and the ways that will measure success in one of the most troubled school districts in the nation.
With Chris Christie and Cory Booker behind the planmore publicly funded charter schools will be the result, but how they go about utilizing this money and creating those charter schools is up in the air. With a new superintendent being installed, there could be sweeping changes even mid-year in Newark schools. What kind of changes you ask? Well, in all likelihood they will close a bunch of schools and fire a lot of people. The result: flooding the remaining schools and then throwing a ton of money at them. That’s exactly what happened when Michelle Rhee took over as superintendent in D.C.
In her first 18 months Rhee fired 270 teachers, closed 20 schools, and consolidated the district’s administrative offices. She routinely fires teachers whose student test scores are inadequate (241 more were fired this summer and 737 more were put on probation). And her opinion on tenure? Not great, favoring higher salaries and upfront bonuses over long term promises of work. If the D.C. mayoral election goes a certain way, Rhee might be free after November to bring change to Newark too. In fact, Oprah Winfrey even through her name out as a person Christie and Booker should hire. What would this do to the economy in Newark and greater New Jersey?
Rather than reporting to school boards, school chiefs report directly to mayors . Interesting, no? Entwining politics and education so deeply seems sort of peculiar to me. Not good, not bad, just odd.
It gets better, because this method of reform (the creation of charter schools) has been called into question by Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. In ”Is the Education Crisis a Myth,” Rose Garrett writes:
"Lemann is right to point out that certain clear-cut “solutions”, such as the creation of more charter schools, are emotionally appealing but not empirically proven to be any better than their alternatives. His point is not that schools don’t need help. It’s that in declaring a "crisis mode" we are, in essence, relinquishing measured thought in favor of expediency, and creating villains and heroes where none exist. Slaying the dragon would be simple; real reform is going to be a lot more complicated."
I think what will happen in Newark will be VERY interesting to watch unfold over the next few years. Hell, even over the next few months. Now, Zuckerberg, could you tell us what are those benchmarks for the challenge money?
How do you unregister from a political party? I woke up this morning with a serious dissatisfaction with politics in the United States. Something about this particular election year was the proverbial straw that broke camel’s back. Frankly, I think both parties behave like petulant children these days and I am sick of both of them. I don’t even know what the Republican party stands for anymore, but I can tell you that it’s nothing like Teddy Roosevelt’s republicanism (a man whom I admire very much). I also cannot even begin to be wrap my head around the horror that is the Tea Party. I don’t think I’m a Democrat either. I have always voted according to my conscious rather than party lines: SO how do I go about changing my party affiliation to independent?
Marginal Revolution, an econ blog by authors Cowen and Taborrock, is one of the four blogs I read every day in Google Reader, specifically because they sometimes come up with things like this: http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2009/12/nie-pozwalam.html
Whenever I dont like something, I’m just going to go around yelling Liberum Veto like it’s a Harry Potter spell.