Info on #CPS testing schedule sent to me. In a word: INSANE

What you have here from the powers that be is a rather rudimentary and quantitative understanding of assessment as it relates to pedagogy. A listener of At the Chalk Face live tweeted during the show information about Chicago’s insane PreK-2 assessment schedule. Here’s the graphic, click for a larger version. What at first becomes obvious […]

A new management organization for school leaders, LEE

So, I’ve heard of a new educational leadership management, business-ey organization called Leadership for Educational Equity. Sounds nice. Russo has something up about it in This Week in Education. Calls it a TFA spin-off. Nice. That’s just what we need. Russo also says the website is pretty sparse, no way to tell what’s about to […]

The Hard Bigotry of Low Expectations in Florida

With the ink barely dry on the outcome of the Presidential election in Florida, the FL school Board is now looking for new and innovative ways to keep the FCAT,  virtual schools and private money machine rolling. This way Jeb Bush’s buddies. K-12 and other for-profit education outfits who make their money off the backs […]

Tennessee’s K12, Inc. Virtual School Receives Lowest Score Possible and $16,000,000 a Year to Pay for It

Last week even TFA lawyer and Commissioner of Education in TN had described the for-profit K-12, Inc.’s Tennessee operation as “unacceptable,” which is no surprise to anyone who has followed K-12’s checkered history, which began when gambling addict, Bill Bennett, leveraged his influence with the Bushies to cart away $14 million in discretionary federal grants […]

News Flash: K-12, Inc. Cyberschools Are a Waste of Taxpayer Money and Miseducative Isolation Chambers

 From NEPC: Reference Publication:  Understanding and Improving Full-Time Virtual Schools Contact:William J. Mathis, (802) 383-0058, wmathis@sover.netGary Miron, (269) 599-7965; garmiron@gmail.comURL for this press release: BOULDER, CO (July 18, 2012) — A new report released today by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado shows that students at K12 Inc., the […]

ALEC and the Privatization Agenda

Great short video, less than 5 minutes, that connects many dots, especially in relation to the virtual school corporate welfare program. HT to Monty Neill:

Gender and education

Here’s an interesting piece about introducing the concept of “transgender” to children, which I’m sure is going to cause a lot of controversy.  I won’t even get into the comments because it will probably just make me angry.  So, rather than recycling knowledge, let me create some here.  I am a strong advocate for changing […]

Technology resource

A fantastic website I encountered with a butt-load of technology resources for educators.  When looking through a bunch, it reinforced my inclination that the use of technology I see in schools is purely teacher-driven.  Students don’t get to use all that much to create anything.  Is watching instruction on a smart board empowering?  What we […]

Day one

Well, I began my teaching today of 14 very energetic students. More detail on this later because, honestly, I’m a little wiped out. And, this was only a half day. They’re all half days. The one thing I will state at this point is that I take what I do very personally. Well, in some […]

Too soon

I’m about to begin teaching my summer course on gender in the K-12 classroom; more updates about that in the coming days. I saw this today about the scourge of female commencement footwear.Kind of pedestrian for a blog entry on education, don’t you think? But after a few more seconds, I realized that this might […]


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