CURMUDGUCATION blog posts:  … The Left and Right of Ed Reform & Maybe Old Teachers Don’t Suck… 

The Left and Right of Ed Reform

Posted by Peter Greene: 08 Jun 2016 09:22 AM PDT

Robert Pondiscio triggered a reformy tempest almost two weeks ago when he wrote that the Left was in danger of pushing conservatives out of the ed reform movement

. The reformy blogoverse and twitterverse have not shut up about it since, with responses ranging from the sympathetic to… well, less so (Best title: “Audacity of Nope”). A large portion of the education post stable has taken a shot at the issue, and so have many of standard-bearers on the right-leaning side of the ed reform tracks. I had a response of my own

(written before I realized this was going to be A Thing), but I am not going to try to digest the whole sprawling conversation here. You can read your way around the internet if you’ve missed this.

But I’m writing about it today, because…

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Maybe Old Teachers Don’t Suck

Posted by Peter Greene: 07 Jun 2016 06:09 AM PDT

A repeated refrain among some reformsters is that we need to get rid of tenure, job protections, and seniority rules for teachers because the system is clogged with washed-up uncaring has-beens and when budgets are slashed and staffing is cut, it’s the hot young rock stars of education that are thrown out on the street (oddly enough, their concern over this issue never translates into calls to knock it off with the budget slashing, but that’s another conversation).

But what if older teachers didn’t suck?

This month the Learning Policy Institute released a new research brief, Does Teaching Experience Increase Teacher Effectiveness?

The report is a meta-analysis, a study of studies that looks at thirty studies over the last thirty years. And it turns out that maybe older teachers don’t suck… because…

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