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I was making my way around the internet and found this, which was billed as a “parody”. I guess in the simplest terms, it is a parody, but sadly as I watched it, I realized that it was a video encouraging students to do their very best on the…
Two Americas: George W. Bush and Neil deGrasse Tyson. via Two Americas: George W. Bush and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Why newspapers hire individuals to regularly offer the public unsubstantiated opinions baffles me. I am a researcher. Unless my posts are grounded in my personal experience, I offer my readers links to document my position on matters about which I write. David Brooks is an opinion writer. He publishes his opinions regularly in the New York […]
On the surface it might seem confusing as to why Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA) would suddenly come out in opposition to the PARCC assessment- and in doing so, undermine the authority of State Superintendent, John White, Jr. Jindal hand-picked White for Superintendent in January 2012, and has until this recent turnabout, remained lockstep with him on […]
Paternalism, Old or New, Blinds. via Paternalism, Old or New, Blinds.
Parents are rising. Students are stepping up. Some lawmakers are even slowly walking away from corporate influences. And now, rank-and-file teachers are organizing to transform their local and state unions in order to move them back into the democratic organizations they were born to be. For teachers, there is power in numbers–there has to be–but in […]
On April 6, 2014, I published this post, entitled, Sol Stern Thinks Common Core Is About Rich Curriculum. In the post, I rebutted another post of Stern’s entitled, A Sorry Attack on the Common Core. On April 17, 2014, Stern responded in this post entitled, The Real Common Core Story. Hardly the “real” story of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS); nevertheless, […]
In a first post on Roxanna Elden’s See Me After Class, I focused on her sage advice for lesson and unit planning. I argued that one reason why the contemporary school reform movement failed is that it ignored Elden’s wisdom on why implementing plans is “easier said than done.” This post contends that reformers also […]
In a word, no. The two kinds of money don’t represent an apples-to-apples comparison because different rules govern how they can be spent, but the raw totals show that schools that get public money do come out a little bit ahead – especially since they don’t have to raise it themselves. Even though this article […]
Rereading the second edition of Roxanna Elden’s See Me After Class is just as much fun as the first read. And it begins with one of the best and truest endorsements I have seen. Dave Berry says, “You know how you’ve always thought if you were a teacher you would go insane? Well, this very […]
Just released from the Office of the Press Secretary, American Job Training Investments: Skills and Jobs to Build a Stronger Middle Class. In a nutshell: Today, as part of this effort, the President and Vice President are announcing new federal investments using existing funds to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that will expand partnerships with industry, […]
A MI charter school decides to humiliate its teachers to appreciate them. Interesting. MANDIVA – Our 3 favorite male faculty members in heels for an hour SAVE MY JOB – 3 faculty members will stand in the parking lot during dismissal and hold a sign. CREAM FACIAL – Students will throw pie in 3 faculty members’ faces during […]
John White’s job is on the line, and the primarily-purchased Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is standing behind its Common Core State Standards (CCSS)- and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)-promoting talking head. For White’s annual evaluation, BESE gave him a 3 out of 4. I’m thinking White’s BESE […]
In a letter to the Chair of the South Carolina State Board of Education, State Superintendent Mick Zais has exercised his authority to pull South Carolina out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC): SC State Superintendent Letter SBAC This does not release South Carolina from the use of the Common Core State Standards; although it […]
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