Mayor Bloomberg Is a Spiteful Little Man


Another from my blog; South Bronx School The Crack Team got the phone call today at around 3 PM. We had been monitoring Uncle Mike’s news conference yet briefly called away when the Chinese food had arrived. On the other end of the phone was one of SBSB’s news stringers. He called to share that […]

Captain APPR is here to save the day!

Captain APPR

Teachers across America have a new hero: Captain APPR! APPR man will defend our profession against evaluation by our students’ standardized test scores.  In New York we call this system Annual Professional Performance Review, therefore our newest superhero has been crowned: Captain APPR! True educators know that high-stakes exams are not a valid measure of […]

The time spent preparing for and taking tests

Some intelligent educator out there with fantastic record keeping skills needs to start tracking how much time is spent on preparing for and taking standardized tests. From this account in a Chicago Kindergarten, roughly 30% of the school year. Anyone have an idea in their area?

Hurricane Attention Whoring With Educators4Excellence


Again, thank you for allowing me to share another post from my blog; South Bronx School With the last two days off because of Hurricane Sandy, so many thoughts raced through my mind. One of them was how after watching the Tigers get swept by the Giants how did the Yankees get swept by the […]

No questions asked.

Recently I caught Michael Moore’s Capitialism: A Love Story on cable television.  I watched this movie when it first came out, but my recent viewing had even more of an impact on me than the first time around as I have come to understand the privatization forces that are attempting to destroy our public education […]

A Lesson In Thinking About Education

I imagine too few of us know well Mill’s On Liberty.  Let me press you to read it at the first opportunity, no, make an opportunity to read it now.  (There is a good audio version available as well.) What is this essay about but the education of the human species and the role of social […]

Will the real #prolife politicians please stand up?

Recently Thomas Friedman wrote, “You don’t get to call yourself ‘pro-life’ and be against common sense gun control…. You don’t get to call yourself ‘pro-life’ and oppose programs like Head Start that provide basic education, health and nutrition for the most disadvantaged children.” Yes, indeed. And you don’t get to call yourself ‘pro-life’ unless you […]

#NTU Leadership: “Uncle!”

Newark Teachers Union accepts a new contract. From the New York Times. Given the alternatives, is it not better, Mr. Del Grosso asked, to be known as the union that embraced change? Mr. Del Grosso is the local union boss in Newark where a new contract for teachers was approved by the union leadership.  The […]

Newark Teachers: Reject Weingarten’s Betrayal of Teachers

Everywhere AFT’s lead lawyer goes to “help” negotiate for teachers, she leaves a wake of destruction for the profession.  But, then, that is what she is paid to do, as she works off her debt to Bloomberg and the plutocrats for making her president of AFT in the first place. In Newark, she has now […]

No class today, boredom kicking in, a sincere video from At the Chalk Face

I decided to get a little introspective as we hunker down for Sandy. Here’s a genuinely sincere video from me. Enjoy.

Romney’s Education Plan


by Robert

How the VAM/AGT pseudoscience worm turns

While value-added models are intended estimate teacher effects on student achievement growth, they fail to do so in any accurate or precise way — Dr. Bruce D. Baker Maybe it’s karma, but Kyle Hunsberger of the Gates Foundation backed astroturf TeachPlus, and one of Los Angeles Unified School District’s biggest cheerleaders of the highly discredited […]

The growing private corporatization of public schools. By Kuhio Kane

This in response to a recent article @thechalkface. An argument of relevance regarding “pleasure” versus “critical” reading? Get a grip. [“Phillips’ results may only apply to reading in very artificial situations, in other words, reading in school…[T]he conditions investigated in this study appear to be only dim reflections of real pleasure reading and real academic […]

Behind Tony Bennett’s Election Campaign, A Plan to Take Control of Entire Communities

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett believes in holding schools accountable. But what about himself? He says he’ll give his first term in office a “B.” Bennett appears to be a healthy man with the support of a loving family.  He is well-connected politically and his campaign is financed by some of America’s wealthiest. He lives in a […]

Storm Brewing Over KIPP Re-Vote in Camden

We posted here in August on the corporate reform school plan for Camden, and we posted here on the School Board’s courageous vote to say NO to the KIPP correctional facilities at the center of the Norcross Plan. Now apparently Norcross and his army of lawyers can’t take NO for an answer, and they are […]


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