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Entries by Dan Brown from 09/2009

Obama School Speech Sends the Right Message to Many Who are Usually Tuned Out

| Posted 09.08.2009 | Politics

Obama's speech today matters because there's a psychic cost to not knowing a larger world beyond your day-to-day life; American kids need to know their president, whether they support his policy agenda or not.

The First Day of "The Great Expectations School" (Exclusive Book Excerpt)

| Posted 09.09.2009 | Media

Today is the first day of class for New York City public schools. Below is an excerpt from The Great Expectations School: A Rookie Year in the New Bla...

Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol, and Me

| Posted 09.15.2009 | Entertainment

I've been asked if I'm "that Dan Brown" about 9,000 times. Brown's latest crypto-thriller, which is unleashed today, has brought with it a 50% uptick in alternately genuine and jokey questions for me.

Mass Teacher Layoffs in D.C. Amount To One Hell of a Power Play by Michelle Rhee

| Posted 09.18.2009 | Politics

Rhee's mislaid battle of gutting the union and purging veteran teachers will leave an experience and institutional knowledge vacuum that no quantity of super-caffeinated 22-year-old Yalies can remake.

D.C. Mayor and City Council Blame Each Other for Shock Teacher Layoffs

| Posted 09.21.2009 | Politics

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee announced that a reduction in force of public school teachers had become unavoidable, and schools are in full-on panic mode.

Grading the Big Tests: A Study in Madness... and a Really Good New Book

| Posted 09.28.2009 | Media

In the No Child Left Behind era, every pillar of our education system rests on the presupposition that standardized tests are accurate indicators. Todd Farley helps to bring into starker focus that this is a flawed ideology.