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  1. The Best Articles Highlighting Parallel Critiques Of Increasing School & Health Care “Efficiency”
  2. NY Times Column Skewers Performance Pay
  3. “Race To The Top Has Been A ‘Fiasco’”
  4. Amazing Video: 1980 Bush & Reagan Comments On If Undocumented Children Should Be Able To Attend Schools
  5. The Best Resources On Why Breakfast Is Important For Teenagers
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The Best Articles Highlighting Parallel Critiques Of Increasing School & Health Care “Efficiency”

There have been a number of articles and posts over the years highlighting efforts in education and in health care to institute similarly misguided changes in both areas.

Here are ones that I’ve seen, and feel free to suggest more:

Medicare Penalizes Nearly 1,500 Hospitals For Poor Quality Scores is from NPR, and shows that some hospitals get penalized unfairly for the same reasons inner-city schools receive criticism.

Why Evaluate Teachers and Doctors Differently? is by Walt Gardner at Education Week.

Should “Efficiency” Really Be The Driving Force In Hospitals (And Schools)?

Here’s an interesting NY Times article about performance pay for doctors, and here’s Paul Thomas’ commentary on it.

Walt Gardner wrote another post — Preparing Doctors and Teachers.

Coaching is Good for Doctors and Teachers Both is by John Thompson.

Bad Medicine is by EduShyster, and discusses the impact of similar elements of “school reform” into the medical profession.

NY Times Column Skewers Performance Pay

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NY Times Column Skewers Performance Pay

Many school reformers view teacher merit pay as one of the “be all, end all” solutions to the challenges facing schools, even though it’s been found to never work (see The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea).

Today, The New York Times published a column that highlights all of what is wrong about merit pay. However, they talk about it in the context of doctors and the medical profession and not teachers.

Here’s an excerpt from The Problem With ‘Pay for Performance’ in Medicine and it’s all very applicable to teachers, as well:

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I’m adding it to a collection of resources I’ve been accumulating about the parallels between school and medical reformers.

    

“Race To The Top Has Been A ‘Fiasco’”

Race To The Top Has Been A ‘Fiasco’ is Part Two in my series on the Race To The Top program, which has just had its fifth anniversary.

Today, Barnett Berry, Ariel Sacks, John Thompson, Alice Mercer and David B. Cohen weigh in with their thoughts, and I include comments from readers, too.

Here are some excerpts:

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Amazing Video: 1980 Bush & Reagan Comments On If Undocumented Children Should Be Able To Attend Schools

This is amazing.

What has happened to the Republicans?

I’m adding this to The Best Resources About The New Push For Immigration Reform.

    

The Best Resources On Why Breakfast Is Important For Teenagers

I’m preparing some new lessons for this year, and one will be on the importance of breakfast.

I’m adding this list to The Best Resources To Help Promote A Physically Healthy Lifestyle For Our Students.

Let me know if you have other suggestions:

Breakfast ‘keeps teenagers lean’ is from the BBC.

A Better Breakfast Can Boost a Child’s Brainpower is from NPR.

Good Health: Breakfast, exercise boost brain activity is a report from a Detroit news show.

My teenage students still get a kick out of Sesame Street:

    


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