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 […]
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 […]
A link to an article about a California charter school came my way, it’s charter is about to be revoked. I don’t know anything about this story, I’ll look into it when I have a moment. However, here’s what’s objectionable to me: In April, Constellation Middle School, Long Beach’s oldest charter school, was forced to […]
By Linda Sutton Defeated in 1996, 2000, and 2004, the Charter school industry will NOT give up. Another initiative is scheduled for this year’s ballot. Unfortunately, the AP Sunday article begins with “some research has found” and spins in favor of charters. Washingtonians were right in voting down this idea three times, and I would […]
As a teacher educator, I’ve valued my elementary teacher over the last few summers. This time around, it’s a rising third grade class of 16 students. I’ll write about this here from time to time, with the potential of collecting more of my thoughts down the road. There’s one really striking thing I learned today. […]
Diane Ravitch discusses a brief vision of charter schools for the Answer Sheet. On their original intentions: Budde saw charters as a way to reorganize public school districts and to provide more freedom for teachers. He envisioned teams of teachers asking for a charter for three to five years, during which time they would operate with […]
I’ll refrain from mentioning the person for now, but I was sent an email with a bunch of great links and updates on the battle for Philly schools. Here they are, pasted below. Pennsylvania Education Crisis Highlights – May 29, 2012 Pa. school districts anticipate further cuts More than half of Pennsylvania’s school […]
The vaunted(?) TEP #charter #school not abiding by its no excuses ethos, so why is the principal still gainfully employed?
I feel bad. I visited TEP. I saw the kids, the conditions, I’ve reflected on this before. I’ll say it again: the inmates are running the asylum. The TEP Charter School is now embroiled in the NYDOE teacher evaluation data kerfuffle. Its “star” teacher received a pretty terrible rating despite the very high compensation, which […]