From UOON to the Prosti-Suits Running NEA

We, the administrators of United Opt Out National, in order to preserve a free and equitable system of public education in the United States, do solemnly issue an invitation to the leadership, members and ultimately Dennis Van Roekel to take direct and concerted action in the fight to terminate immediately the patterns of negotiation and […]

"ONLY" 59.1% Poor at School in Brooklyn

From the New York Times June 27, 2012 At One Brooklyn School, a Lesson in the Danger of Success By Louise SloanIf you believe the research, statistics and experts, it appears that my son’s elementary school, Public School 9 in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood, has been doing everything right. Middle-class, college-educated people are increasingly sending their children […]

On my fifth day of #summer #school, the #NEA wept, according to @mikeklonsky

Correction: It was Fred K., not Mike K. Sorry. Went to the Newseum today with the entire school, perhaps more on that later. You see, I’m teaching second grade at a DC charter school this summer. I’ve done so the last two summers, but fifth grade. I thought second grade would be a nice change […]

Jasmine

Thank you, ed deformers, for dragging public education into the black market alleyways of business tactics. Another one of these emails in the inbox: Hi, We would love to share with you an article that we just posted on our own blog! “50 Important Links For Common Core Educators” could be a fun way to […]

Dear Mr. President:

Do you really want to go down in history as the president who killed public education? If not, it is time to stop listening to your advisors, including Arne Duncan, who are busy selling what has been the greatest public education system in the history of the world, to corporate interests that have no direct […]

A draft of a challenge to the #NEA to be delivered soon. Patience, my dears.

Here’s the text of a draft, likely to be edited, but with the same ultimate intent: We the administrators of United Opt Out National, in order to preserve a free and equitable system of public education in the United States, do solemnly issue the following challenge to the leadership, members, and ultimately President Dennis Van […]

Who are these #online #college a-holes who send me this garbage?

I get these all of the time at the blog email account. Anyone know who’s in charge of this junk? Hi, We would love to share with you an article that we just posted on our own blog! “50 Important Links For Common Core Educators” is linked below and could be a fun way to […]

On my fourth day of #summer #school

Another tough one, I’m really having some challenges with the classroom dynamic. I did not have these troubles the previous two years in fifth grade. Quite honestly, I thought second grade would be different, a bit easier, to some extend, at least with regard to classroom management. Today, we had I think three different meetings […]

Memphis District to Lose $212 Million to Charter Schools by 2016

The story unfolding in Memphis around the consolidation of Memphis and Shelby County Schools gets more and more interesting.  Today one of the Gates front men, Gary Shorb, published a plea in the Commercial-Appeal for all sides to come together to embrace what is essentially a resegregation merger plan written by the Gates Foundation and […]

1,400 Principals and 1,100 Scholars in New York Alone Press State to End High Stakes Testing Madness

HT to Stan Karp: The movement against the misuse and overuse of standardized testing continues to grow. Yesterday in NY, 1100 scholars joined 1400 principals in urging the state to replace high stakes testing policies with “multiple pathways” for students and accountability purposes. The NY City Council will consider a national resolution on high stakes testing […]

“GREETINGS, PUBLIC EDUCATION! WELCOME TO (THE BACKROOM OF) WAL-MART!”

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How Public Education will fit into the new business model Dear Education Associates, We’re glad to have you aboard finally.  We’ll need to tell you a bit about how we do business here so you’ll know how things operate. Start by imagining school as a business. Those little kindergarteners are the raw materials.  Your job […]

Undercover Teacher

  I have read with great interest the Chalkface’s summer school adventures and I hope he continues to keep us updated.  I have tremendous respect for someone who his putting his money where his mouth is.  As an education professor or really anyone involved in education policy, it is crucial to stay in tune into […]

On my third day of #summer #school

We have four weeks and perhaps I moved too quickly. I moved too fast to have students work in groups, to move about the room in centers. I’m getting the impression that seat work was the primary method of instructional delivery and that’s how these youngsters respond. Getting along in groups is very challenging. Never […]

@thechalkface on #wtdy new new episodes available here and they’re awesome! http://soundcloud.com/jjo-band-camp/sets/the-chalk-face-1

If you have limited time, I would recommend you listen to the fourth segment with Nichole, a Madison, WI area teacher. The three of us play a game where I ask Tim and Nichole to guess if a charter school name is fake or real. You see, the charter movement assumes they own achievement. So, […]

Online Testing, and How Pearson Sent Wyoming Back to Paper

 WaPo has a story on Delaware’s decision to go to online testing, so that now testing can happen all year round.  Tests four times a year rather than one, tests to get ready for tests, and tests to prepare for the practice tests: The online format allows states to give standardized tests — once a […]

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