It’s rare to see sympathetic voices on any of the mainstream networks. One usually sees reform hacks and carpetbaggers”. “Some guy” Alexander Russo, who comments hither and thither on education, seems obsessed with an education activist’s recent appearance on MSNBC. And I say “some guy” because, to me at least, Mr. Russo could be classified […]
This, from GOOD Magazine. What’s the (yet) supposed to mean? That TFA has not violated the trust of our public education system time and again over the last several years, aligning itself with every neoliberal outfit imaginable? To wit: Though I find it highly problematic, I also agree with theHarvard Crimson editorial board in this statement: […]
The Tea Party or right wing element of the common core debate frames the standards and its affiliations as an Obama-centric initiative. Perhaps calling it “Obamacore.” I see references to the United Nations, socialism, and everything RW conservatives hate about Obama, even referencing his birth certificate. Neoliberal education reformers, or those enamored by CCSS, use […]
Makes sense that a for-profit outfit like @cu_portland would base an entire program on propaganda #commoncore
Here’s information on the program itself, a one year masters in CCSS Instructional Leadership. I see that the program includes a one semester course on research methods. Will it give students enough of a critical vocabulary to actually conclude that there is little to no research base supporting CCSS? It seems that this is one […]
[In the interest of full disclosure, I have never been to Marea, which is apparently one of the finest Italian restaurants in New York City. As commentators regale us with their wisdom on education without ever having set foot inside a classroom, let alone teach, I consider myself eminently qualified to act as Mr. Frank […]
Behold, from the Pittsburgh City Paper. Thirty dirty corps members may not seem like much, but it’s a toehold, an opening on the beach that will stage future invasions. It would be just a beginning.
I wanted to keep the discussion of Thanksgiving in my classroom to a minimum. What I did do, unsuccessfully, was lead a discussion, after reading through a Peanuts Thanksgiving on the iPad, about the many things they have to be thankful for this holiday. Besides a few initial responses about food, kids’ responses went to […]
My colleagues in Pre-K hate, hate, hate GOLD. Then, these kids enter Kindergarten without being able to read or even write their own names. So, what the hell is going on? I received an email asking if I wanted to participate as a pilot classroom for GOLD. They even dangled a free iPad mini in […]
Read up. United Opt Out National receives a mention. Nice.
One more day before a short, but much-needed break. We’re culminating our study of the solar system tomorrow by launching a model rocket. But I just thought, for giggles, to peruse Google and Pinterest for some “Thanksgiving Fun” in case I had a few worthless minutes to spare. In 2013, is Thanksgiving in schools still […]
The Edushyster has a really evocative piece up, a first person account, of that oddly aggressive charlatan and carpetbagger “Dr.” Steve Perry, whose EdD dissertation is insanely inadequate to keep forcing those initials upon us at every speaking engagement. A pathetic non-man, this Steve Perry is. Lame and limp.
We’re taking some time off after recording a bunch of studio shows. For your listening pleasure, here’s a studio show from July 2013 with one of Slekar’s colleagues, Dr. Jed Hopkins. We get into some insightful international comparisons.