Interesting news stories: first week of 2012

Important: New York Times and MinnPost stories about how good teachers can change students’ lives, and how that result is measurable, albeit not easily. Quantifiably — good teachers mean higher lifetime earnings. Hmm. Something wrong about measuring the effect of good teaching in dollars, but I would guess that if a teacher makes  a difference in dollars, s/he might also make a difference in other ways: shaping moral behavior, fostering self-esteem, “education for democracy,” and more.

Appalling: The Texas teen deported to Colombia by mistake:

“She looks like a kid, she acts like a kid. How could they think she wasn’t a kid?” Lorene Turner, her grandmother, told the AP.

Also, Turner doesn’t speak Spanish.

Way too much ink: Iowa. New Hampshire. All of them.

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