Thank you to our readers: on Tuesday, we set an all-time high in both visitors and viewers, which helped make this past week the all-time best week for visitors and viewers as well.

Another dressing-down of the Education Secretary.  With all due respect, Mr. Secretary: I am married to a “White Suburban Mom.” You really don’t want to mess with them. PS- if this happened in a Republican administration, he would already have been shown the door after a week’s worth of media scrutiny with national reporters sticking a microphone in nearly every legislator’s face asking them if the Secretary should resign.  

From EdWeek: Standardization, Personalization, or Both?  Money quote: “the problem may not be the standard but what we do with it.”

In Los Angeles, iPad Debate Overshadows Learning Revolution nutshell version: despite the clumsy rollout, which has made LA a virtual shorthand for poor implementation of educational technology, teachers and students who can actually use the machines are pretty happy.  There seems to be a rule in projects like this: if the brass thinks it’s going well, it’s not; if the brass thinks it’s going poorly, it’s not.

New Hampshire approves competency-based standards.  After Maine and with Southern New Hampshire University making such great strides, it looks like New England is the place to be on this.

Inside Higher Ed:  MIT moves PDQ on MOOCs its partnership with edX shows an aggressive move towards re-imagining the university experience.  Blended learning is the space to which consensus in ed-tech circles gravitates. Some are moving forwards towards a blended experience and expectation, while some went whole-hog on the MOOC and are coming to blended from another direction.

From the very smart folks at Getting Smart: Giving Thanks for Blended and Deeper Learning last week was quite an eventful week, to say the least.  Bookmark this to catch up on your reading if things slow down for you this week.  

Campaign seeks to recruit top students to become teachers.  

In Rochester, colleges could take over struggling city schools. New York’s RTTT application allows for this to take place if the schools don’t improve. 

BONUS LINK: I am not sure what the city of Cleveland ever did to piss God off but it must have been epic. A fan’s lament.