Educating Ezra Klein

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Aug. 7 2007 2:14 AM

Educating Ezra Klein

A left whippersnapper tutored by his readers about teachers' unions.

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**--I know Emailer X. Emailer X is much smarter than Pinch Sulzberger. Trust me. ... 2:00 A.M. list

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For seven years, Democrats have faced a radical administration that operates in bad faith. Yet there was the Democratic Leadership Council, still arguing that teachers unions endanger the republic.

Hmm. Yes, Bush's Iraq war and his general approach to terrorism are more important than education. But I still think education is kind of important! Even more important maybe than, say, Bush's Social Security semi-privatization (misguided as it was). And I still think you can't reform public education without somehow beating back the teachers' unions. ... How about this--the DLC can stop talking about the teachers' unions when the Democratic candidates stop talking about No Child Left Behind. Deal? If one approach to reforming schools important enough to mention then the other is, no? ... P.S.: Here's a useful primer  on what "Adequate Yearly Progress" means under NCLB, co-written by Eduwonk, who asks:

[D]id you know that in only five states do more than 8 in 10 students in any schools have to pass the state test* in order for the school to meet the goal? The median targets nationally are closer to 5 or 6 students in 10 having to pass the state test for the school to meet the state goal. Important context when all the hand wringing starts in August about how unrealistic this all is... [E.A.]

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

We don't kill no widows in these parts: Note to NYT's Andrew Adam Newman: That's  my quote, buddy--which explains why Steven den Beste, to whom you attribute it,  had those two little marks  on either end.... P.S. This is the classic sort of error usually introduced by an editor trying to save space. Print editors do have to save space. But web editors don't. That's a major, unremarked virtue of blogs over newspapers when it comes to the newspaper's alleged unique selling proposition: accuracy. In fact, the need to fit copy to a limited space is a powerful error-creating machine in both dailies and magazines. Harried print editors compress, and get it wrong. Or they fool around trying to simplify attribution and get it wrong. Or they guiltlessly edit quotes within quotation marks and (by definition) get them wrong. ... In cyberspace,, if it takes one more line to get it right, you can take one more line. I haven't killed a widow in so long I've forgotten what it feels like. ... [You're just pissed off they gave your quote to den Beste, but to avoid seeming petty you had to dress it up with a Larger Point--ed Worked out well, I thought.]

P.S.--He'll be tasked with launching the new "Upward Failure" section: At least the LAT didn't just promote the unpopular editor who  seems to have gratuitously killed a perfectly good Patrick Goldstein column  last week, a column that might have upset the paper's beleaguered business side! Oh, wait. Meet Managing Editor Until Zell, John Montorio! ... 9:41 P.M. link

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