#Teacher #education is the next boondoggle

Blip-blip-input-blip-output. Makes you kind of remember the days of computer punch cards when you hear a thing like this: “It’s a really important piece to change the system and to build this profession,” said Mr. Van Roekel. “We agree no student should have a teacher who is not well prepared. We agree every candidate must […]

Episode 30 of At the Chalk Face

Coming up today at 3:30. Check it out!

Why Tyson met Sagan

Watch the video for a great example of how humble we should be in all instances, that we don’t get anywhere in life without the help of others. To honor them, we help others who will walk our path. I know, sounds cheesy, but a great story. Thanks for posting Boing Boing, I get a […]

#RtTT asking schools to crap or get off the pot…

… only states can’t really get off the pot. They’re chained to it. Or, kind of like in Lethal Weapon (2?) where Danny Glover was trapped on the toilet because a bomb would go off. Yeah, a pressure sensor, that’s a better analogy. Well, Education Week is reporting that the Federali’s or whatever want states […]

#Ravitch v. Canada v. Gregory on #msnbc

Fantastic tete a tete and a half between Diane Ravitch, Geoffrey Canada, and David Gregory who, to me, always goes off on talking points and really doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. And Canada, he’s doing great stuff, but he’s so full of shit.

John Merrow to America’s Teachers: Trust Vulture Philanthropy

John Merrow will reliably parrot any corporate education scheme whose promoters will give him a spot on the stage from which to do so in a way that makes whatever fool notion he is being paid to hawk seem like his own.  From a recent self-promoting ad that introduces one of his info-tisement post at […]

John Huppenthal, Dangerous Racist Fool

With every brief and successive generation of Tea Party spokesmen and nutjob officials, particularly in Arizona, the current ones make the previous ones seem like lily-livered liberals.  If Ronald Reagan were alive today, for instance, he would have to run as a socialist. Earlier this year John Huppenthal replaced racist Tom Horne as Arizona’s Superintendent […]

Melinda Gates: High Test Scores Indicate Good Teaching Because Good Teachers Have High Test Scores

In the education universe of the testocratic technocrats, the world is a circular closed system that begins and ends with test scores.  Meanwhile, the insatiable Ouroboros of testing continues to eat on its own disgusting tail in an inextinguishable feast of unsavory diminishing returns. And so welcome to this week’s Education Nation, sponsored by Microsoft […]

Arne Duncan’s position on education and poverty

Arne Duncan’s position on education and poverty Stephen Krashen and Susan Ohanian Council Chronicle 2 Posted on the NCTE connected community; OK to share “The way you end cycles of poverty is through educational opportunity …” (Arne Duncan, in “A conversation with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,” in the NCTE Council Chronicle, 2011). The […]

Flipping the script with #online #education

I’ve got one eyebrow raised. Education Week talks about flipping the model: lectures at home online and then actual classrooms reserved for problem solving and projects. Hmm. This “flip model” of instruction has gotten national media attention lately, thanks to its promotion by Khan Academy, the high-profile nonprofit online-tutoring library created by Salman A. Khan, […]

#Charter management #FAIL once again

This goes along with the HuffPo piece I wrote recently. I sadly reflect on all the students, teachers, and parents caught in the middle of some person’s cheap scheme to make money. I don’t know the details of the Believe network of schools in NYC. Perhaps the founder’s wishes were good intentioned, but I don’t know […]

Mis-#educationnation, or how to use money to influence people

I’m just going to quote directly something a friend pulled together on Facebook: THE EDUCATION SUMMIT SPONSORED BY: 1) AMERICAS PROMISE ALLIANCE HAS PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE FOLLOWING: KIPP SCHOOLS EDISON SCHOOLS BILL AND MELINDA GATES CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL REFORM-A SCHOOL CHOICE SITE FORD MOTOR COMPANY ALSO IN ALEC 2) SCHOLASTIC—do I NEED to explain them? […]

New HuffPo article on some largely personal reflections

Here it is, enjoy.

Test the Homeless!

Test the Homeless Posted as a comment on The Answer Sheet, 9/25/11 WAPO.st/ouGKnS boblesch how about a little funding for adult literacy and GED programs in poor areas. kids who’s parents are avid readers are far better readers than children of illiterates. family literacy programs are carrying a pretty good success rate as they teach […]

Righteous anger against Spellings

Wow, a really incisive piece by David Reber, a high school teacher in Kansas, as a riposte to Spellings’ really lame and pathetic revisionist history of her tenure. Both are worth a read, if only to get adequate contrast.

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