Alexander Russo

Beware The Overly Broad “Teacher Shortage” Story

The temptation to write “looming teacher shortage” stories can be a strong one for journalists, given the recent spate of “I’m quitting” testimonials and shortage hotspots like Las Vegas. But this recent FiveThirtyEight post, plus a new AFT report, are good reminders that reporters should be cautious about creating the impression that shortages are widespread… Read more »

On Fox, Jeb Bush Takes On Common Core Critics

Watch the latest video at Last night on Fox, GOP frontrunner (for now) Jeb Bush talked about some of his positions that are unpopular with conservatives including Common Core: “We need higher standards. They need to be state-driven. The federal government should play no role in this, either in the creation of standards, content,… Read more »

When Media Organizations Take Outside Funding for Events – But Not News Coverage

The other day appeared an eye-grabbing headline from a newish site called Inside Philanthropy: What’s Up With That Big [$550,000] Grant to the Atlantic Monthly From the Walton Family Foundation?. There’s a lot of foundation money in education journalism these days — part of the reason this blog exists (and how it’s funded). Foundation funding isn’t… Read more »

Perhaps Video Games Creep Us Out More Than They Should

Speaking of BRIGHT, the solutions-oriented site that popped up on Medium this spring, here’s an excerpt recently published from Greg Toppo’s new book about game-based learning that asks the question What if we prescribed video games, and not Ritalin, to treat ADHD?. The longtime USA Today education reporter’s book is the product in part of… Read more »

The Promise and Peril of “Solutions” Journalism

Though the paper hasn’t confirmed it to me directly, news is getting out that the Boston Globe is soon going to launch an expanded, solutions-oriented education news desk. Once it does so, the Globe will be joining the Seattle Times, which has been combining daily news coverage with solutions-oriented features coverage for the past couple… Read more »