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Why law school’s love affair with economics is terrible for the American legal system

Law schools are putting more and more emphasis on a cash-crazed free market ideology. Here’s what’s at stake.

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In fact, the most repeated word in my first year law curriculum was not justice, or liberty or order.

It was efficiency.

 

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them.

É como o negócio made in Cambridge. Comprando os materiais, é muito melhor…

Pagar mais para ter o melhor:

Charter school’s $125K experiment

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Sugestão do Vítor Teodoro.

Charter School Founder Accused of Giant Scam

WASHINGTON (CN) – The District of Columbia claims in court that a charter school founder steered more than $13 million in public funding to a company he owns, to do management work that direct employees of the school performed themselves.
The District of Columbia sued Kent Amos and Community Action Partners and Charter School Management in Superior Court, accusing them of spending public money on exorbitant fees for Amos’ school management company.
“Over the course of the last decade, defendant Kent Amos has caused Community Academy Public Charter School, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, to distribute in excess of $13 million to a for-profit company he owns and controls,” the complaint states.

Vitória do Tea Party provoca onda de choque no Partido Republicano

Derrota do líder do partido na Câmara dos Representantes é vista como uma viragem ainda mais à direita, mas também como uma revolta contra a forma de se fazer política em Washington.

E isto foi depois de Cantor ter feito imensas cedências aos putos tóxicos

Eu gosto muito dos clássicos elevados pelos liberais de aviário aos píncaros. Porque os li e gostei. E penso ter compreendido o que escreveram. E sei que foi num dado contexto e tudo.

Mas os nossos liberais tertulianos acham que as coisas são muito mais relativas e que a palavra sagrada dos seus mestres só deve ser sagrada às vezes, quando dá jeito sacar uma citação mesmo à maneira. Mas quando eles disseram e escreveram algo que contradiz claramente os seus interesses, nesse caso, vai de esquecer e seguir em frente.

Ora… eu gosto do Tocqueville e fui buscar uma edição coeva d’A Democracia na América, disponível online, que é para facilitar a vida aos maçães&lombas ou outros sobredotados juristas nas fileiras liberais do nosso actual desgoverno,

Tocqueville

Vejamos lá como ele descreve (vol. 1, pp. 103-104)as funções e independência do poder judicial face aos poderes legislativo e judicial, assim como o papel da Constituição (que precede a njossa em exactamente 200 anos nas versões originais… mas que por lá é venerada e ninguém considera “datada”):

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Agora temos o papel do Supreme Court, garante supremo (passe a redundância) do cumprimento da dita Constituição, sem interferências externas (pp. 147-148):

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Esta parte final, aqui mesmo em cima, é especialmente divertida…

Mas continuemos (p. 151):

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Curioso, não é? Que a “mãe de todas as Democracias” atribua a um órgão como o nosso Tribunal Constitucional um tal poder, sem que isso seja considerado mais do que o cumprimento do seu papel como garante da Constituição?

Podem(os) não gostar, mas então gostaria eu de saber que sistema alternativo defendem…

 

 

Business School, Disrupted

If any institution is equipped to handle questions of strategy, it is Harvard Business School, whose professors have coined so much of the strategic lexicon used in classrooms and boardrooms that it’s hard to discuss the topic without recourse to their concepts: Competitive advantage. Disruptive innovation. The value chain.

But when its dean, Nitin Nohria, faced the school’s biggest strategic decision since 1924 — the year it planned its campus and adopted the case-study method as its pedagogical cornerstone — he ran into an issue. Those professors, and those concepts, disagreed.

The question: Should Harvard Business School enter the business of online education, and, if so, how?

(continua…)

Aqui.

Charter

Why Is This Charter School Management Company Still in Business?

Because they are private corporations it is very difficult to get information on the operation of for-profit charter schools, charter school management companies, and the financial groups behind both the for-profit charter school industry and the non-profit sector. This company, National Heritage Academies, stands out because of its electronic “paper trail.” It is a cautionary tale and a warning about what can happen if charter schools ultimately replace public school systems.

Agradecendo a referência ao Luís Braga.

Characteristics of North Carolina Private Schools

… porque cá até robalo à vara se escapa.

DOJ: ‘There Is No Such Thing As Too Big To Jail’

Há gente tão apressada a ir buscar exemplos aos States e nunca se lembra dos que são mesmo bons…

A utilização da estatística é muito útil e eu gosto, mas… há por vezes limites que o excessivo voluntarismo não prevê.

Assim como há gente que basta ver um monte de números mais ou menos organizados, para achar que já está tudo pronto e que não há necessidade em ir verificar da sua fiabilidade.

Porque os números não devem ser usados de forma acrítica, nem torturados até dizerem o que se pretende. Devem ser recolhidos com rigor e tratados com honestidade para que a sua utilização posterior não esteja contaminada logo à partida.

InBloom’s Collapse Shines Spotlight on Data-Sharing Challenges

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Founded with $100 million in support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, inBloom aimed to serve as a single, secure repository for the student data now collected by districts and stored across numerous disconnected systems. (Gates and Carnegie have also provided grant support for Education Week’s coverage of business and innovation.)

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InBloom also promised to help districts more easily share that information with the growing array of vendors offering software and apps to schools. In the process, it hoped to shake up existing public-private relationships within the education sector, spurring improvements in both classroom practice and product development by bringing order to the chaotic, inefficient system for using student data that is now in place.

Confident in its mission, the Atlanta-based nonprofit made an audacious public launch—replete with parties, indie rock bands, and breathless presentations about the future of “personalized learning”—in March 2013, at the annual South by Southwest education conference in Austin, Texas.

Thirteen months later, following a series of high-profile departures by state and district partners, inBloom announced it will “wind down” operations.

“We have realized that this concept is still new, and building public acceptance for the solution will require more time and resources than anyone could have anticipated,” wrote Iwan Streichenberger, the company’s CEO, in an April 21 letter to supporters.

Suhestão da A. C.

Estudante esfaqueou 19 colegas numa escola dos EUA

Quatro dos feridos em estado crítico. Ataque junta-se a longa série de tiroteios que frequentemente provocam mortes em estabelecimentos de ensino.

Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word

E depois há todo o lado negro do pretenso sonho americano de sucesso…

Close to a quarter of all American children now live in poverty. More than half of all children age 2 and under are cared for during the day by a parent or relative, according to a McCormick Foundation analysis of census data.

To reach those children, educators say they need to focus their efforts on the home.

… algumas pessoas se dessem ao trabalho de analisar as propostas do novo mayor de Nova York (eleito há poucos meses) para a área da Educação, em especial no que se relaciona com o combate às desigualdades, por exemplo, no acesso ao pré-escolar?

The De Blasio Record on Education

 

A Just Decision in Kansas

Nothing Left

The long, slow surrender of American liberals

Polémica acerca da elaboração dos testes que servem de acesso á universidade.

College President: SAT Is Part Hoax, Part Fraud

The president of Bard College says recent changes to the SAT are motivated by the competition that College Board has experienced with its arch rival, the ACT, rather than any serious soul searching.

What Voucher Schools Are Teaching

The Effects of Competition Between Schools on Educational Outcomes: A Review for the United States

Studies of the competition effects from voucher or tuition tax credit scholarship programs on public school student academic outcomes have taken place in seven locations throughout the United States, with the majority of studies taking place in Florida, followed by Wisconsin. This article reviews 21 total studies of the impacts on student academic outcomes, finding neutral to positive results. The various competition measures used in the literature are thoroughly reviewed and regression discontinuity design is identified as the most rigorous estimation strategy capable of identifying the causal effect of competition threats on traditional public schools.

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