Protesting Arne at Harvard

From WickedLocal Cambridge: Cambridge —Last Thursday, Harvard graduate and current U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was honored as the Chief Marshall of his alma mater’s graduation ceremonies. Traditionally, the Chief Marshal for Harvard Commencement is elected from the class that is celebrating its 25th reunion, according to the Harvard News Service. Duncan, who graduated […]

#Follow, #like, and #review, #prettyplease

Very quick. Please, if you’ve listened to the podcast at all, review and rate it on iTunes. Second, like and friend At the Chalk Face on Facebook. Thanks, that is all.

On the radio in PA

I’m subbing for Tim Slekar today on his education radio show in PA, 11:00 to 11:45. You can listen to the live stream here, or I’ll post the recorded audio thereafter. Feel free to call in if you like, the number is 814-946-0435. I was asked to talk about bullying, consider the recent item I […]

Edu-commentary… assembled

I thought I would try a new, semi-regular feature picked up from the blogosphere: gathering comment and commentary from around the education world for your unadulterated enjoyment, or perhaps to your chagrin. Michelle Rhee on PA: In cases where there aren’t enough spaces in good charter schools, and in which neighborhood schools are failing to […]

Darling-Hammond to Every New and Old Educator on Graduation Day

From The Nation, a big chunk of Darling-Hammond’s commencement speech to the graduates of TC.  It is honest, brave, and hopeful, and may every educator, new and old, take a few minutes to read it, and heed it: At the commencement ceremony for Columbia University’s Teachers College on May 18, Stanford education professor Linda Darling-Hammond—a […]

A T-Shirt for Arne Duncan

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Are Books Obsolete? An analysis of data from Titles in Print

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Episode 19

Episode 19 of the podcast is available, where I speak to Jon Schwartz of about blogging in the elementary classroom. I think we had a great conversation. It should be available on iTunes shortly. As usual, you can listen here or on Blog Talk Radio.

Plumbing the Depths of the White Hat Charter School Sewer

A really fine piece from Tom Beyerlein writing for the Springfield News-Sun: David L. Brennan’s White Hat Management, whose 46 charter schools include one in Springfield, is being sued by the boards of nine northeast Ohio schools who say the for-profit company won’t reveal how many taxpayer dollars go for educating kids and how many […]

Challenging Charter School Segregation Almost 60 Years After Brown

Once considered hothouses of educational innovation, charter schools have become corporate-run testing sweatboxes of segregation and subjugation of minorities in America’s urban centers.  In suburban areas of the South and Southwest, charters remain segregated, too, but in the form of milky white dream schools with rich curricula, highly-qualified teachers, and new facilities bristling with technology.  […]

National Research Council Finds High School Exit Exams Increase Dropouts Without Increasing Achievement

PDF Summary Conclusion 2: The evidence we have reviewed suggests that high school exit exam programs, as currently implemented in the United States, decrease the rate of high school graduation without increasing achievement.  The best available estimate suggests a decrease of 2 percentage points when averaged over the population. In contrast, several experiments with providing […]

National Research Council Rebukes NCLB (Duncan-Gates-Broad) Policies Based on "Primitive Intuition"

After ten years of test, punish, and push out policies and hundreds of billions of tax dollars spent for the benefit of the education industry and corporate foundations, American schools have been blown up and children are less educated than their counterparts in countries with sane education policies.  Even as measured by their gains on […]

School Librarians Are Being Interrogated by LAUSD Lawyers

School librarians, or teacher librarians as they referred to in Canada, must have both teaching certification and library-media certification.  Most have Masters in Library and Information Science on top of their teaching credentials.  In urban schools that do not have active middle class parent groups who insist on libraries on librarians, school libraries are being […]

Worst #PPT slides

I see a lot of PPT presentations in higher education, at conferences, and I even see them a great deal in elementary schools. It’s like we’re training little office workers. In any case, I came across this today, a contest for the worst PPT slides. I’ve seen some just like them, where folks present slides […]


You know, can’t think of another way to title the post. I came upon this site some time ago and finally took a look at it. It’s interesting, makes a lot of good points. I just don’t know how much we should feed the beast. That is, keep focusing on Rhee as the absolutely enemy anathema […]


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