This is a picture of the DC Mayor Vincent Grey and the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visiting my school for a brief 60 minute press conference on the recent NAEP results. I haven’t even looked through the report yet, so I have no comment on that. [Let me say how much this visit screwed […]
Sort of a follow-up to a previous post of mine. As a public school, your kid shows up, we teach them. It is rather well-documented that charter schools, shall we say, select the most successful students. All I have to say is, “How the HELL are you going to suspend a five year-old SIX times […]
Some charter school chains enact a form of educational Darwinism. Case in point. Let’s say that a certain public school classroom received a new student the other day. The teacher learned that the student came from a local charter school very close by, definitely within the same district. Largely serving the same student population. When […]
Close friends and associates know me by name, Shaun Johnson. No, I’m not the gymnast. I tried as best as I could to go by a pseudonym because, well, I caught a lot of flak from my former supervisors in higher education because of my views. That is, skeptical and largely against Common Core, critical […]
From NEPC: BOULDER, CO (September 9, 2013) – “Good schools shouldn’t weed out kids. They should teach everyone.” That’s the bottom line of the new “CharterLand” infographic from the Opportunity to Learn Campaign of the Schott Foundation. Inspired by the venerable children’s game “Candy Land,” the infographic asks players to work their way past Hoop […]
What happened in IN, you know, with former state supe Bennett and fixing the grades of a big donor’s charter school? Didn’t I just wax philosophical about my previous reverence for those in “Central Office?” I did. But these are the ones that fudge data and school grades. Where do they get these people, anyway? In […]
This is why you can’t take many of the contentions seriously, that market-oriented advocates are trying to strengthen the teaching profession. Otherwise, they would be models of professionalism and require more than basic skills and sub-credentials. Thanks to CG on Facebook.
YouTube IntroductionWhat’s really happening in education politics? Would you believe it’s a battle between greedy school teachers and corporate CEOs who want what’s best for the children? Well, not so much. Charter schools backed by these so-called “education reformers” aren’t necessarily better than standard public education – it’s actually been proven that they aren’t. Charter […]
Today the Memphis Commercial-Appeal has a big story on the 80-90 million dollar hole in next year’s school budget for the new “unified” Shelby County Schools. Reporter Michael Kelly manages to point to a number of reasons for the shortfall without ever mentioning the primary reason, charter schools, the expansion of which creates inefficiencies throughout […]
My first year of teaching was in Georgia in 1971, one year after the end of segregation in Washington County, where I would teach Title I English at TJ Elder Jr. High School. The personnel director (before people became human resources) wore a white suit and white patent leather loafers, and he grinned widely as […]
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Every one of the last three summer’s I’ve taught at this school, I’ve tried to establish some kind of curricular theme over the four weeks to saturate students with content. Every objective or skill or whatever was tailored to that overall theme. As we all know, students do better when they read something on which […]