Can we exchange seats for something else?

It has started to rub me the wrong way when media outlets refer to increasing school enrollment as “seats.” From the NY Daily News: The city will offer 53,000 pre-K seats in the fall, up from about 20,000 this year. Many of the new seats will be in public schools, but the majority will be […]

Response to Obama’s Early Childhood Education Plan

Let them play!

President Obama promised us something in his State of the Union address that I think is bad news for our kids.  Here is the excerpt, with my reply underneath: Race to the Top, with the help of governors from both parties, has helped states raise expectations and performance. Teachers and principals in schools from Tennessee […]

Teaching Strategies GOLD = Garbage waste of time

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 […]

Even #progressive media can’t report #education in helpful ways, @maddow

I listened to this segment on satellite radio the other night. Rachel Maddow was talking the President’s pre-K plan. Here’s more about it from the Maddow Blog. At this point, I can’t even discern who the guest was on the show, some dude. He was clearly an economist. He did some study on the benefits of […]

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