Monday, December 28, 2009

The anatomy of an Op-Ed. . .

A fellow professor at Furman, Sean O'Rourke, and I have discussed the Op-Ed, concluding that expressing an effective commentary in 750-850 words is akin to writing poetry.

Much of today I have been drafting an Op-Ed on the Harlem Children's Zone. Here are the resources I have been using to communicate a complex idea to the general public:

• David Brooks's Op-Ed titled "The Harlem Miracle," which is the primary focus for my discussion.

Aaron Pallas's challenge to Brooks and the paper on HCZ by Dobbie and Fryer.

Diane Ravitch's challenge to the praise of HCZ.

Alex Molnar and Holly Yettick offer compelling discussions of how the media misrepresents educational research.

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