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On this week's podcast from The American Prospect, Paul Waldman, Ann Friedman, and Monica Potts talk about the end of the Iraq War, depressing poll numbers for Dems, and Glenn Beck’s quasi-religious rally on the National Mall.
The Los Angeles Times building. Last week the paper released its rankings of 6,000 area teachers based on student test scores. (Flickr/Mr. Littlehead)
Ignoring pleas from teachers' unions, the Los Angeles Timeswent public last week with an online database of 6,000 local third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade teachers, ranking -- and naming -- each by their efficacy in raising student test scores. Thanks to the paper's feat of selfless journalism, now countless parents, once naively confident that their child was getting a good education, can plug in a teacher's name and see if their child's instructor is in fact incompetent.