Digital Textbooks, Real Gains for Education

This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post, June 16, 2009 Governor Schwarzenegger has a plan to make California the first state in the nation to provide its schools with free digital textbooks. The initiative would start this fall with online materials for high school math and science classes. The Governor explained his thinking in an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury: [quote]California is home to software giants, bioscience research pioneers and first-class university systems known around the world.… Read the rest

‘Superman’ Puts Spotlight on Education

This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post, September, 28, 2010 On opening night I got to see the new documentary by Davis Guggenheim, “Waiting for ‘Superman’,” a film that is bringing cognitive dissonance to educators across the country. Before that, I had read a dozen or so well-written blogs that had described in detail the movie’s “anti-teacher, union-bashing and pro-charter school stance” purportedly portrayed in the film, some by those who had seen early previews of the movie (and by several who had not).… Read the rest