"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Schools Matter 2014 Awards

Schools Matter 2014 Awards

Most Unconvincing Ideologue In the Role as Scholar
Mike Petrilli

Most Flagrant Political Organization Posing as a Legitimate Research Association

Lifetime Achievement Award
Walt Gardner

Self-Aggrandizement Award 2014 (tie)
David Coleman
Michelle Rhee

Education Book of the Year
Fear and Learning in America, John Kuhn

Biggest Corporate Losers of the Year

Most Dangerous Pseudo-Science Title
Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence, Laurence Steinberg

Most unread Twitter posts
Larry Ferlazzo

Fewest Redeeming Qualities
Arne Duncan

Most self-congratulations in a single blog post
Mercedes Schneider

Most un-appreciated real education news outlet
Pennsylvania Education Crisis Highlights

Most ethically-compromised
Broad Foundation

Most promising education dean
Jaekyung Lee

Least avoidable plague
Bill Gates

Most celebrated political retirement (tie)
Kevin Huffman
John King

Most promising new mayor
Ras Baraka

Most Missed Education Warrior
Gerald Bracey

Best blog
Perdido Street School

Most traitorous union leader
Randi Weingarten

Science Fiction Award
Doug Lemov and Norman Atkins, Teach Like a Champion, 2.0

Most poisonous brand name

Most hated CorpEd reform (tie)
Common Core

Most likely to be sued
States and LEAs using VAM to evaluate teachers

Imminent Sunset Award
Teach for America

Education Writer Award
George Schmidt

Emerging Leader Award
Jesse Hagopian

Most Harm by an Individual Achievement Award
Bill Gates

Segregation Award
New York City and New York State

School Board Member of the Year
Karen Brill, Palm Beach County

Education Research Corruption Award

Teacher Courage Award
Susan Bowles, Orlando, Florida
Karen Hendren, Tulsa, OK
Nikki Jones, Tulsa, OK

Most Corrupt State Politician (tie)
Tom Corbett, PA
Chris Christie, NJ

Most Corrupt Politician on National Stage
Jeb Bush

Courageous Student Award
Kyle Ferris

Best Education Reporter, Past or Present
Michael Winerip, NYT

Worst Education Reporter
Jane Roberts, Memphis Commercial Appeal

Most Outrageous Education Editorials
Wall Street Journal

Most Irrelevant Education Reporter
Jay Mathews

Best Model for National Union Movement
Medford Education Association

Most Prolific Education Writer
Carol Burris

Most Influential Education Org
United Opt Out National

Best Schools Matter Blogger
Stephen Krashen

Biggest New Loser Idea for 2014


  1. Anonymous9:05 AM

    Honorable Mention to NYT David Brooks for never seeing an education reform platitude he did not like.

    Abigail Shure

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  3. No links? Would have been helpful.

  4. Anonymous2:06 AM

    Most Thoroughly Investigated by the FBI (On-Going)
    John Deasy, Protege and mentee of both Eli Broad and Bill Gates
    Now disgraced former superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.