Month: March 2011


We’re all being pressed to use rubrics. For those of you not in the ed biz, a rubric is described pretty well in Wikipedia: A rubric is a scoring tool for subjective assessments. It is a set of criteria and… Read More ›

Holmes lives.

I’m currently reading my third Sherlock Holmes pastiche of the month, and I have one more in audiobook format that I still need to listen to. All four are set entirely or in part after the Conan Doyle canon. We’ll… Read More ›


I recently read OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word, by Allan Metcalf. For some unaccountable reason this book has only two customer reviews on Amazon; there must be some good reason for that. Anyway, Metcalf tells you everything… Read More ›

Suing your child’s preschool

Strange but true (like many of the other news reports heard on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me): A Manhattan mom is suing a $19,000-a-year preschool, claiming it jeopardized her daughter’s chances of getting into an elite private school…. and the elite… Read More ›