Gist's embargoed dissertation: disrespectful, self-serving, unprofessional
An open letter by Jay Walsh, Ph.D., NEARI UniServ Director
Deborah Gist’s decision to embargo her doctoral dissertation – a dissertation that she based on policies developed and implemented as the Commissioner of Education in Rhode Island – is disrespectful toward the Rhode Island community, self-serving, cowardly, and unprofessional. Gist’s ability to lead any education institution, especially a state department of education, should be questioned because neither policy makers, scholars, nor the general public have had access to her work since its completion.
Comparing us to Finland: an open letter from two union presidents
Today, December 3, people across the United States are once again asking: ‘Why is a country the size of the state of New Mexico beating the United States in the academic performance of its students?’
They’ll be talking about the Program for International Student Assessments or PISA, a study released every three years by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, which will probably generate an array of stories that look simply at the topline rankings and show how students in Finland, a small country, once again outperform those in the United States.
NEARI Members: Are you active in your local and interested in making it stronger? We have a program for that.