You didn’t expect me, did you? #highered

No one expects the Inquisition. That’s how I feel a lot of the time because I ask a lot of questions. Is that not an educator’s job? College professors looking to do research in our schools: I’m onto you. As a former graduate student and faculty member in higher education, I’ve written numerous human subjects […]


To all the educators out there: did you ever catch yourself saying you’re “just” a teacher? As I contemplate my future participation in any and all public conversations on education reform and activism, the one thing that gives me pause is that, without the activism and public commentary, I’m just a Kindergarten teacher. I seriously […]

On the value of teacher preparation, from a former teacher educator

Allow me to make some very direct assertions at the outset. The President plans to roll out this summer new criteria for evaluating teacher preparation programs, all with which I thoroughly disagree. No other major course of study at the university must put up with such scrutiny. The National Council of Teacher Quality, as indicated in […]

@susanoha has it right on the money about #highered and #teacherprep

Some places are cheaper than others. Myself or any colleague I’ve ever known was ever offered $30K for a book chapter. But I wonder what the price would be to sell your integrity as an academic. Considering what education professors get paid, integrity might come cheap. A publication credit and a top-tier journal might be […]

A tenured sociologist gets a bit of the #teacherprep treatment, more like #teacherperp @scottjaschik

In a nutshell, a tenured professor at UC-Boulder is leaving the university because the administration is no longer allowing her to implement a lecture on prostitution that includes a role-play, whereby teaching assistants for the course play dress up as various kinds of “whores” and get interviewed by the class. You know, you’re just going […]

Per @dianeravitch, I re-evaluate my participation (or lack thereof) with @AERA_EdResearch

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We At the Chalk Face are always appreciative of when Diane Ravitch follows our work, and we are happy to stand with her in this struggle. Today, Ravitch referenced a piece I wrote about the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Here’re my original thoughts. I completely understand that it may be effective to represent from […]

The school of schools also hates creativity via @slate #highered #teacherprep

On inside the box thinking. This resonates perfectly with my experiences in higher education and teacher preparation, specifically. Creative thinking, in a politically charged environment, is dangerous. Allow me to explain, and this is my experience only. You may have experienced something different, and that’s fine. The crux of this very short Slate piece is […]

From Wayne Au on Facebook: MI teachers’ union encourages boycott of student teachers #highered

What an interesting idea: refuse student teachers from a university that supports a certain reform initiative. As a humble graduate student, like a lot of graduate students everywhere in teacher education, I/we did all of the dirty work. We were the ones low enough on the old totem pole to actually do the field work […]

I am “outing” myself… sort of, with the Kinder Chronicles, Part One.

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 […]

You know what’s stupid, what’s really stupid? The academic publishing industry. #highered

I’m in the classroom now. When I was in graduate school and a college professor, I collected PDFs of articles from EBSCO and JSTOR and elsewhere as if I was attempting to stockpile for some kind of intellectual apocalypse. A fraction of a percent were ever really read. But I’ve been scanning for some advice […]

How the Gates Foundation Is Undergirding the College Caste System

The Chronicle of Higher Ed has an explosive series of articles on the influence on higher education by vulture philanthropy and corporate foundations. Taking advantage of recent research by Hall and Thomas, CHE goes in depth to uncover a sewer of self-serving corruption, arrogant and ignorant policymaking, anti-democratic social steering, and a U. S. Department […]

My legacy of dunces #highered

I am on the edge of leaving higher education. It chewed me up and spit me out. Or was it vice versa? I can’t remember. But it doesn’t matter. Higher education, public institutions especially and teacher preparation more specifically, is not interested in saving itself. Or, it is perfectly willing to offer up an arm […]

Does this qualify as “intimidation” from NCTQ? Watch out #highered and #teacherprep

I received an email message the other day from someone at NCTQ regarding an account I had of a meeting with them in 2011. In my first year as a faculty member, I decided to meet and speak with a number of education policy and advocacy organizations to see how folks in my position could get […]

A potential for an education research boycott? #AERA13 #highered

I actually don’t know if “civilians” understand how academic publication works, at least for the humdrum, commoner, the everyday “scholar” who doesn’t have major book deals. Let me explain. So, in order to receive tenure and promotion as a faculty member, which I think might be over-rated at this point, a faculty member needs to […]

Attitude Toward Teaching

Put a check mark (✓) if you agree with the statement.Put a cross (X) if you disagree with the statement.Form A1. To strive to teach well is to pattern after Christ, who was the Master Teacher.  There can be no higher calling.3. Teachers are the nation’s leaders.5. Teaching develops the mind.8. Dealing with youth tends […]


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