Wall of Separation between Education and Government/Corporations

Many of the foundational beliefs among Americans are driven by more mythology than fact. Americans have a contradictory attitude about the “wall of separation between Church and State” attributed to Thomas Jefferson. Just as many Americans speak fervently about a separation of church and state being a bedrock of democracy as make the claim that […]

Baby in a box for the #sosmarch

I was at that “art protest” on Wednesday, organized by my colleague Morna at Towson University. Here’s more coverage of the event. I will admit: some of the dolls were kind of creepy. But when Strauss refers to it this way, it seems even less explicable: Three of a larger group of protesters who went to […]

So much to report on the #SOSMarch

A lot going on because of the SOS March, although I’m afraid that much will be eclipsed by the debt debate. The SOS organizers responded to the DOE and The White House, basically refusing the invitation to meet with officials. Here’s the statement, courtesy of Rheefirst: We sincerely appreciate the interest of the White House […]

I Like @SoBronxSchools ‘s tone, it’s refreshing

Was sent this via Twitter from SoBronxSchool. You know, the aggressive, funny tone is really missing in education. We need teachers to talk like they want to smack somebody up and downside the head. I made a comment, you do the same. It’s cathartic.

The #SOSMarch is in full swing

A lot of press throughout the country regarding the SOS March. Check some out Here, Here,  and Here. And, a great post by Alfie Kohn basically tapping the ethos of the entire march. I couldn’t do the conference, but I’ll be at the rally on Saturday. I’ll take my bike around town, see if I can get a bunch […]

The Power and Failure of Coercion

When my daughter Jessica entered the same school system where I had spent my career as a teacher—my hometown school system as well—I was faced with the challenge of how to balance my role as her father with being a colleague of the teachers she encountered over twelve years. One incident from her years in […]

Cutting Education

If you thought the recession’s impact on schools was swift and immediate, think again. Sure – revenues dipped, but stimulus funds made things less worse than they would have been otherwise. Now that those funds are nearly entirely gone… From the Center on Budget and Policy and Priorities: The cumulative effect of four consecutive years […]

The new tough FCAT writing test

The new, tougher FCAT writing test based on incorrect assumptions Sent to the Orlando Sentinel, July 26, 2011 The new tougher version of the FCAT writing exam (“FCAT writing test about to get tougher,” July 26) is supposed to improve writing, because it will stimulate more instruction in spelling and grammar, as well as more […]

Been hard on #TFA lately…

… but here’s an interesting entry in the Urban Dictionary I found on them. A little funny, I don’t know.

Some people are just too stupid for words

Did you ever want to do this to someone? I know that’s not too diplomatic of me, but some piece of garbage principal in Arkansas appointed a co-valedictorian because he was worried having a Black student as the sole honoree would cause too much of a stir. Here, read this for yourself.

#Teachers as interchangeable parts

I sometimes get the impression that the prevailing edreform ethos molds teachers as interchangeable parts.  Now, linked for that concept is a Wikipedia entry on the concept developed by Eli Whitney. Let’s have some fun and exchange education-related content with the entry, see what happens. The bolded words are what I changed: New teachers are teachers […]

Cooperative catalyst and the #bloggermarch

Dude, check it. That is all. Cooperative Catalyst, cool title, great cause.

New #HuffPo piece on the #SOSMarch

Here is it is, enjoy. And leave comments to keep the conversation going!

NOLA: Penal Pedagogy Exemplar

From the Southern Poverty Law Center: 12/2010 Security and Safety in New Orleans Public Schools New Orleans students are supposed to be learning in one of the most advanced, innovative educational environments in the country. When it comes to school safety and security, however, many New Orleans schools employ ineffective discipline practices that were discredited […]


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