June 2, 2007

Bankrupt my pants and tags, NCLB news, and old-fashioned American ambivalence

One of my English friends created a not-quite-acronym in spring 2006 that adequately describes the phenomenon of having been too busy to read one's blog roll, a translation from

been away, not catching up on the flist [friends' list, one's blogroll on Livejournal], point me at it if there's anything you need me to see

to

BANCUOTFPMAIITAYNMTS

which he noted reads disturbingly like 'bankrupt my pants.' So in answer to Mike Antonucci's question of where has all the blogging gone, our collective pants are officially bankrupt. I still need to write about the 2006 scoring errors in the FCAT, a story that continues to unfold, but I have a number of other priorities. Or I've Been Away, Not Catching Up on the News Blogging until My Important Tasks Are Gone, Sorry. The acronym of that is BANCUNBUMITAGS, which I am reading loosely as bankrupt my tags.

I'm currently in ChainCafe, trying to finish a conference paper due Monday, after Tropical Storm Barry swept through Tampa. I also have journal editing to do, teaching stuff, union stuff, not to mention trying to spend time with my family. My tags are clearly bankrupt. I hope yours still have some credit.

In the meantime, here is a quick analysis of the story bandied about regarding one story that the majority of Americans would like changes to or the repeal of No Child Left Behind. Eduwonk correctly points out that "change" is fairly nonspecific. As I've pointed out before, polling over the past few years consistently shows deep ambivalence about who is responsible for addressing educational inequality and achievement. Depending on the wording of the question, you can conclude that the public thinks families are far more responsible for failures of achievement than schools, or the other way around. I'll admit that my reading is idiosyncratic: another explanation is that Americans are fairly clear on what they think and the wording is the issue. I think that puts a little more weight on question wording than is warranted, but your mileage may differ.

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Posted in Accountability Frankenstein on June 2, 2007 4:17 PM |