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  1. There Are Now 600 — Count ‘em — 600 “The Best…” Lists
  2. The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Schools Should Not Be Run Like Businesses
  3. I Think This Article Is The Best Piece I’ve Ever Written….
  4. More Haiti Resources
  5. Especially Interesting Sudan Resource
  6. Australian Floods Get Even Worse…
  7. Tiny Cars
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There Are Now 600 — Count ‘em — 600 “The Best…” Lists

There are now exactly 600 “The Best..” lists that are regularly revised and updated on education-related topics.

You can find them divided into categories here and listed chronologically here.

That’s a lot of lists….


The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Schools Should Not Be Run Like Businesses

It’s not uncommon to hear that our schools need to be run more like businesses. That argument holds a lot of appeal to some people (including, but not limited to, people who might make a profit out of it).

I thought I’d bring together a few resources that provide a counterpoint to those beliefs. I’m starting off with a short list, and hope that readers will provide additional suggestions in the comments section of this post.

Here are my choices for The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Public Education Should Not Be Run Like A Business:

My Sacramento colleague Alice Mercer has written an excellent post titled The Business of Education. Here’s a short excerpt:

While I think there are some things that can be learned from best practices in other fields, trying to adopt reform models from business on a “wholesale” basis ignores some basic differences between the function and ecology of public education, and a for-profit business.

Diane Ravitch provides a good response to the third question (which is on the topic of business models and schools) in this Public School Insights interview.

Nancy Flanagan points out that schools might be able to learn some things from businesses, as long as we look at the right businesses.

Why schools can’t be run like a business is a post from A Year In The Life Of A Teacher that tells a well-known story illustrating that point.

I’ve written a post about some of the consequences hospitals are experiencing in their efforts towards creating more “efficiency” and its implications for schools. It’s titled Should “Efficiency” Really Be The Driving Force In Hospitals (And Schools)?

“The Price Is Double” — Two Stories About School Reform & Money is another related post I’ve written.

Again, I’m sure there are quite a few other excellent articles and post out there on this topic. Please let me know about them.

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You might also want to explore the nearly 600 other “The Best…” lists I’ve compiled.



I Think This Article Is The Best Piece I’ve Ever Written….

Teacher Magazine has just published an article that I think is the best piece I’ve ever written.

Titled My Students Help Assess My Teaching, I describe in the article how using a video of my class turned into a profound learning experiences — for both my students and me.

In my dreams, the Gates Foundation pays attention, and stops the destructive ways they want to use videotaped lessons of teachers…


More Haiti Resources

Here are the newest additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The One-Year Anniversary Of The Haiti Earthquake:

Haiti One Year Later is a TIME Magazine slideshow.

Haiti A Year After The Quake is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.

Year ‘was hell for us’: Will Haiti be rebuilt? is a series of photos, videos and interactives from MSNBC.


Especially Interesting Sudan Resource

Here’s an especially interesting addition to The Best Sites For Learning About The Vote In Southern Sudan:

Southern Sudan students’ high school dreams – audio slideshow comes from The Guardian.


Australian Floods Get Even Worse…

Here are new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The Australian Floods:

Flooding in Australia is a series of photos from The Denver Post.

Australian flooding is a slideshow from CNN.

Australia’s Flood Crisis is an interactive from The Wall Street Journal.

‘Horror’: Massive Australia floods spark panic is a feature from MSNBC that includes videos, interactives, and slideshows.


Tiny Cars

The New York Times has a video of a convention of “tiny car” enthusiasts.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About “Cool” Cars (& Designing Your Own!).


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