Forbes’ 30 Under 30: A Showcase of Corporate Ed Reformers, not Education Stars

It’s publications like this that are causing a serious image issue for real educators in the US. As if it’s not bad enough that the US Secretary of education states (with no basis in fact) that teachers are the bottom 10% of their college graduating classes. Now, the “Education Stars” are not even educators!

Critical Classrooms, Critical Kids


In its third annual 30 Under 30 special report (1/20/14), which celebrates the professional achievements of a diverse group of 20-something game changers, Forbes Magazine refers to the young, ambitious entrepreneurs in the education field as “stars.” This is a misnomer. They are not education stars for not a single one is a working classroom teacher.  As a business publication, Forbes should have instead referred to them as stars of corporate education reform.  28-year-old Dan Berkowitz, of Youth Orchestra LA, may be the only exception.

Here’s some telling data that I extracted from the information presented in the report. 15 attended Ivy League universities (five Harvard grads are among the bunch), two went to Stanford and one is employed by MIT. Of those boasting classroom teaching experience, five are Teach for America alumni. If I were to conduct extensive research on each organization on the list, I’m sure these…

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New Report: An Empirical Critique of “One Newark”

Perhaps this plan was not thoroughly researched and thought through before implementation. What do you think?

New Jersey Education Policy Forum

Our new report is too long to post in its entirety in blog form.

The report can be downloaded here: Weber.Baker_OneNewark_Jan24_2014

Below is the executive summary of the report:

Executive Summary

On December 18, 2013, State Superintendent Cami Anderson announced a wide-scale restructuring of the Newark Public Schools. This brief examines the following questions about One Newark:

  • Has NPS identified the schools that are the least effective in the system? Or has the district instead identified schools that serve more at-risk students, which would explain their lower performance on state tests?
  • Do the interventions planned under One Newark — forcing staff to reapply for jobs, turning over schools to charter operators, closure – make sense, given state performance data on NPS schools and Newark’s charter schools?
  • Is underutilization a justification for closing and divesting NPS school properties?
  • Are the One Newark sanctions, which may abrogate the rights of students, parents…

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Gary Rubinstein: An Open Letter to the New Leaders of TFA

Gary Rubinstein: An Open Letter to the New Leaders of TFA.

This is such a great letter brought to light by one of the most respected and renowned education bloggers, that I felt compelled to share it here. It is so “nitty-gritty” informative. Every teacher must understand what is happening to our profession and why. You NEED to be informed and you need to know who the players are…they’re controlling our livelihood as if they’re playing a game of chess.