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    grimjc

    I was contemplating a diary about the U.S. News/NCTQ "rankings" release myself, but you've beat me to it.

    It still astounds me that these corporate hacks can pull the wool over so many people's eyes. Fortunately, the "results" of their survey are so extreme that even the corporate media who've reported on this seem to be skeptical. Every story or interview on this I've seen so far has focused in on the idea that only four ed schools received the highest ranking and that a very large majority essentially "failed". The reporters have all been a bit incredulous at the idea and I even saw a story on the Newshour in which the interviewer was fairly blatant in implying that this undermined the credibility of the rankings. The NCTQ may finally have gone too far, since the ed schools have also been quick to point out that the "methodology" (because something that poor can't be seriously called a methodology) of the rankings is based on very poor evidence, no direct examination of what the schools are actually doing, and didn't get the cooperation of the vast majority of the schools they claim to rate.

    With any luck, this will end up being another blow to the corporate school-reform movement and add to the undermining of their credibility with the public and with policymakers not already in the pockets of the corporatists.

    Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

    by Stwriley on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:22:11 AM PDT

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