A Plethora Of Interesting Edu-Thoughts….

Image courtesy and copyright Christian Dionne.The CEA Blog would like to wish everyone a happy, safe and restful spring break. Some recent highlights from around the edu-blogosphere: merit pay for wardens at prisons, students engaging in civil disobedience, using mixed numbers in real life, and the achievement gap between college basketball teams participating in March Madness.

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This blogger asks if merit pay can be instituted for wardens at prisons. (H/t to Eduwonkette)

Why not tie wardens’ compensation to reductions in post-incarceration anti-social behavior of the prisoners released from their prisons? Of course, one would have to control for the usual variables beyond the wardens’ control – SES and offense level of the prisoners, for instance. But these statistical challenges are no greater than those posed by merit pay for public school teachers. Indeed, unlike test scores as a measurement of education, the performance standards for ex-cons – no recidivism, for instance — is relatively uncontroversial.

In New Jersey, school officials shortened students’ lunch– they fought back, by paying their $2 lunches entirely with pennies.

Mr. AB ponders how one could actually use the ability to add mixed numbers in real life.

Tom goes to the butcher and buys a three and a third pound roast chicken. His roommate Scott, with inhuman precision, eats two and four ninths pounds. How much is left for Tom, who for inexplicable reasons must know this quantity to the immeasurable and irrelevant accuracy afforded only by unconverted fractions.

Eduwonkette takes a serious look at the links between educational “think tank” organizations and educational change groups like KIPP, Ed Sector, the Fordham Foundation and others.

What do new teachers in your building want you to know but aren’t telling you? The Tempered Radical lays it out on the table.

Who gets your tips from the jar at Starbucks– baristas or management? Who should get them? PREA Prez weighs in.

Mr. AB also relates the heartwarming story of a student who finally “cracked the code” and can now read, after much hard work by both teacher and student.

Eduwonkette takes an interesting look at the achievement gap for college basketball teams participating in March Madness.