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Weekend reading: The performance revolution comes to education

  • What the “performance revolution” in sports and music means for how we build better teachers. (The New Yorker)
  • Diane Ravitch reviews Yong Zhao’s new book, which concludes that that Chinese schools are not, in fact, inherently superior to American schools. (The New York Review of Books)
  • The former head of D.C schools donates a trove of education memorabilia to the Smithsonian. (Washington Post)
  • Joel Klein shares the letter he wishes he’d sent to New York teachers while he was chancellor in an excerpt from his book. (The Atlantic)
  • Ballot measures around the country brought education spending before voters, with mixed results. (The Atlantic)
  • How is President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative going so far? (Education Week)
  • On striving for perfection while knowing it’s not attainable in the classroom. (Huffington Post)
  • Do schools really need principals? Some schools are pushing back against the idea of “principal-as-CEO.” (Slate)
  • Eva Moskowitz discusses the scalability of schools like Success Academy and lambastes unionized teacher forces in a video interview. (Reason)
  • Some of the college prep and access programs created during the War on Poverty almost fifty years ago are still having an impact. (Education Week)
  • Voters across the country rejected Common Core-supporting governors, education chiefs, and senators. (Reason)
  • Twenty-six organizations and school districts will win federal Investing in Innovation Grants if they can find matching funds. (Politics K-12)
  • The NEA has a new distinction: New York Times crossword answer. It may be less than pleased about the prompt: “Common Core org”. (Alexander Russo)
  • A special education teacher recommends empowering middle schoolers to advocating for themselves to keep them in school and out of prison. (Hechinger Report)
  • One parent says her son’s teachers simply do not use email. (Inside Schools)
  • Echoes from the Gap profiles a student named Cornelius and asks how he came to drop out of school. (Edtrust)
  • A parents’ guide to the Common Core explains the standards’ intentions, the debate that’s swirled around them, and how parents can engage. (Lifehacker)
  • The New York Times announced a pair of school-wide digital subscription options. (New York Times)
  • An international school in Flushing shares how to teach students who are in the U.S. without parents or family members. (NPR)
  • “I wish I told my students about my troubles with drinking.” (Pacific Standard)
  • Music education might improve students’ grammar skills. (Vanderbilt)
  • In D.C., teachers work to understand their own math stories and dive into content before they even talk about lesson planning. (Education Week)
  • The Roots are creating a music education foundation after their alma mater, the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, suffered major budget cuts. (Mic.com)