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Adding a Third Chair to the Bargaining Table

[This post can also be found on the Huffington Post and at Thoughts on Public Education.] Sometimes the most interesting political commentary is found in the comics…or in the ads. Monday’s editions of the Los Angeles Times, Daily News and La Opinion carried a full-page ad from a coalition of civic and community organizations aimed […]

All about me

Megan Driscoll interviewed me for the Education Portal site.  My response, probably more than you wanted to know, is available here.

Learning 2.0

“Why, one might ask, should California, the headwaters of the digital revolution, be stuck in the eddies of an early 20th Century school design?” Starting this week, I will be posting a series of pieces about the what I believe to be the essentials of 21st Century learning and the changes in educational politics that […]

Understanding the New Network Economy

Yochai Benkler is the kind of polymath that eclipses ordinary academics.  A law professor at Harvard, he also directs the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, which has as its modest mission “to explore and understand cyberspace.”  In prior lives, he was the treasurer of a kibbutz in Israel, a practicing lawyer, and a clerk […]

Speaking at UCLA Law School on Monday, March 7

I finally get to go to law school!  The otherwise bright students at UCLA have invited me to lead a panel that discusses education reform.  Details follow:

Round 2 or 22 on Value-Added Testing

I’ve written a piece for the Huffington Post and Thoughts in Public Education about the reanalysis of the value-added teacher evaluation exposé published by the Los Angeles Times last August. Derek Briggs, who heads the research and methodology program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and doctoral student Ben Domingue used the same data […]

Claremont Colleges Talk on “Learning from L.A.” Available On-Line, Here

The good people at the Honnold Library have edited my talk from last November and integrated it with the slide show.  It is available at the Library’s web site.

A Cautionary Story About Merit Pay

In a just published piece on the PACE blog, I talk about the unintended consequences of paying teachers based on student results.  In the long run, actually much more quickly than one might think, Talent will organize to insure its economic success.  The blog piece retells the story of how baseball players became superstars with […]

Education Diagnosed in 10 Minutes

Sir Ken Robinson’s remarkable way of summarizing the world is making its way around the Internet.  At last count, nearly 2.5 million hits.  See this from TED. The problem in the current system, he notes, is that the people are trying fix the future by replicating the lessons from the Enlightenment and the industrial revolution. […]

Teacher-Run School Gets Good Ink

The Avalon School in St. Paul, which I profiled in a case study (available freely by clicking the Projects link) has received a nice mention in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune. The story was also linked in Education Week, and a Forbes magazine blog.  It’s good to have this work seen and used.  And this from […]

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Charles Taylor Kerchner is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University. My daily musings appear in the blog. The archives of my EdWeek blog are available via link under the 'On California' head. Some of my photography can be seen by clicking on 'Gallery.' And numerous links to academic work and other research and commentary can be found by clicking on 'Projects.'


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