Inasmuch as we have so much to resist, there’s still much to feel good about. And much to feel terrified of as well. I’m still nervous. Happy First Day!
As some of you may know, I walked away from a position in higher education to return to the elementary classroom. With roughly 13 years of experience in education, and two advanced degrees, even rather late in the hiring cycle, I had my pick of teaching positions in Washington, DC. I immediately chose, without hesitation, […]
We met the other day in the kitchen of a retired teacher. We were quite the mix of people, with a far right conservative and a far left progressive; longtime retired teachers, and currently working teachers; elementary teachers, high school teachers and a university teacher. Despite our differences, we all came together out of a […]
I will keep this brief. I have other things to do. But I have some concerns that I feel like I need to air to see if I’ve got this correct or if anyone else is feeling it too. Right now, groups on numerous sides of the education reform debate are finally asking students to […]
Interesting observation this AM as I watched CNN. I have FIOS cable (not a paid endorsement by @TCF) and the description for CNN was listed as follows: National and International news especially formatted for the classroom. Huh. How about that? What does formatting for the classroom mean? Probably has to do with the kinds of […]
Great piece in the LA Times about the unreasonable demands for teachers to be extraordinary, that you’re either good or bad, no in between. I read some history of education, discussing the common school movement, stating that the conventional wisdom at the time was wrong: you can’t fill every classroom with “born teachers,” just like […]
If you have a corps of individual teachers with relatively high turnover, what’s the incentive for maintaining a school for posterity? In other words, why would an individual who can either be out in two years, has some knowledge of not staying in the profession long-term, or has another way out (not a career in […]