Mar
28
2014

Does Today Show Know Michelle Rhee's Record?

Michelle

Michelle Rhee's history could make her an interesting person to interview for a piece about the overemphasis on standardized testing. But the failure to mention Rhee's scandal suggests that either the Today show doesn't know that history–or doesn't think it matters.

Mar
19
2014

Are Charter Schools Really 'Helping Poor Children'?

Harlem Success Academy (cc photo: Multitude)

The "usual measurement" offered by columnist Richard Cohen as proof of the value of charter schools offers no evidence that charter school students are any better off at all.

Mar
18
2014

And Now, an Expert on America's Schools: Bill Gates

Bill Gates, schools expert

A rare segment on network news about education policy–and the only guest is a billionaire on one side of the fight.

Jan
21
2014

Journalists Grade US Schools: Average Is Failure

"America Hates Its Gifted Kids": Newsweek report

Newsweek says American schools get a D-minus. But do the numbers add up?

Aug
23
2013

FAIR TV: Snowden the 'Spy,' Stop-and-Frisk Factcheck, Student Loan Rates

On FAIR TV this week: CBS tries to call Edward Snowden a "spy," and Bill Kristol makes his ABC comeback with a bogus defense of New York's stop-and-frisk police searches. Plus: Student loan rates are slashed, say the TV reports. But are they actually…going up? Watch it all this on this week's episode:

Aug
13
2013

Student Loan Rates Drop–or Maybe They Rise?

The new student loan law lowers rates–and then, almost certainly, raises them in the near future. But hey–at least it's bipartisan.

Jul
29
2013

New York Times: What's in the 'Center'?

Extra! cover featuring Matt Wuerker's run-over donkey

"Some Democrats Look to Push Party Away From Center," read the headline at the New York Times. But the "center" doesn't actually mean what one might think it means–especially in the context of the political views of the American public.

Jul
01
2013

Press Latched On to Snowden's 'Dropout' Status

Megyn Kelly and Chris Stirewalt

Edward Snowden has been characterized as many things in recent weeks, but journalists' discounting him as a "high-school dropout" speaks volumes about media portrayals of education.

Feb
08
2013

Bill O’Reilly and the 'Epidemic of Disrespect'

Bill O'Reilly (photo: Justin Hoch/Hudson Union Society)

Bill O’Reilly– whose network is known on-air fantasies about murdering public figures, jokes about the assassination of the president, and is the only network named by more than one spree killer as having helped to inspire their murderous designs–is worried that the country is becoming too disrespectful.

Jan
09
2013

Ed 'Reformers' Fumble Logic With Foolish Football Analogy

Robert Griffin III (photo: Keith Allison)

"It’s hard to watch Robert Griffin III play football and not think about education policy." Education "reformers" Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein begin an op-ed with this dubious claim, then go on to flesh out their absurd football/education analogy.

Sep
14
2012

FAIR TV: Chicago Teachers vs. Corporate Media, NYT and Torture, WashPost and Big Oil

Sep
11
2012

Are Chicago Teachers Really Rooting for Student Failure?

ctu-deserve

You can get away with almost anything if you're attacking teachers' unions in the corporate media. New York Times columnist Joe Nocera (9/11/12) explains that while the so-called "reform" movement hasn't come up with the right answers on schools: On the other hand, the status quo, which is what the Chicago teachers want, is clearly unacceptable. In Chicago, about 60 percent of public school students graduate from high school. A Washington Post editorial (9/11/12): The administration has championed reforms much like those the Chicago local is fighting. And with good reason: A scandalously low 56 percent of Chicago students graduate […]

Sep
10
2012

NYT Gives Emanuel's Side on Chicago Strike

Chicago teachers on strike (Exposing the Truth)

Labor actions like the current strike by the Chicago Teachers Union usually involves two sides presenting very different takes on the important issues that separate them. The New York Times story on the strike (9/10/12) by Monica Davey  gives a fairly comprehensive account of what the school district thinks about its offers to the union. But the union's side of the story is hard to find. The Times calls it "a dispute over wages, job security and teacher evaluations." That isn't false, but that framing makes it seem like teachers are looking to protect a narrow set of interests. If you […]