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Teacher leadership organization and reformist Teach Plus put out a recent study on the amount of time actually spent on testing in urban districts. It’s interesting that so much (relatively, speaking) fanfare surrounded this report because, well, it’s not really all that powerful. After reading through it, Teach Plus seems to want to tip its […]
I think this is pretty hastily written and there are legal implications to it. No alternative activities? If your child is in attendance they WILL be tested? And, the punishments to teachers and schools for low test participation are hardly clear, or as clear as they indicate. Case in point, there are no quotes of […]
There are a lot of folks out there nibbling at the edges of this Common Core ordeal. We get it, it’s a “flashpoint,” or what have you. It’s tough to debate because so many emotions enter the conversation; that is, if you care about this sort of thing. I think a poll of the larger […]
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 […]
Embed and share widely. UOO takes their fight to Denver, CO this year, March 28th to 30th, 2014. Check their website over the coming months for updates and details. In the past two years, UOO’s events in Washington, DC attracted grassroots activists and prominent figures nationwide. They’ve kindled uprisings and awareness in numerous communities. If […]
I am pro-union. Teachers need strong representation and advocacy. But it’s broken right now. Just when I thought that the speeches and editorials from Dennis Van Roekel and Randi Weingarten were showing a turn-around back to reality, and just when I thought those two were going to start fighting for public education and their members, […]
From what I hear the American Girl series of dolls from Mattel strives to create a realistic version of 9-11 year old girls. Congrats Mattel! This accessory is right on the mark for a young girl attending a public school. The backpack includes a Pearson enVision Math text book that is Common Core aligned. Hopefully […]
Read up. United Opt Out National receives a mention. Nice.
I am familiar with a group of fifth graders who are in real crisis. This isn’t some manufactured, fake, phony crisis like A Nation at Risk or something. This is real. I see a classroom of children at ten and 11 years of age so filled with rage and hate and anger that their entire […]
An article appeared in the Albuquerque Journal recently, titled, Two Teacher Unions Step Up Actions Against PED. The article outlines how the national and state-level unions plan to put pressure on the New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED) in order to treat teachers more fairly. Read the article here: http://www.abqjournal.com/288936/news/two-teacher-unions-step-up-action-against-ped.html Here is my response: I’m […]
Not quite as horrible as the learn how to bubble for the sake of test taking skill as Shaun Johnson’s post today, but what the hell are we doing here people? From New York parent Heather: Kindergartners learning to be “college and career” ready by practicing filling in those bubbles? Common Core aligned too! From […]
Can anyone explain this to me, as captured by a friend in Texas?
Here is a letter that originated with the Cibola High School student body, and is being copied and personalized and distributed by a growing number of New Mexico high schools, accompanied by a petition for Stand4KidsNM. Hey, Hanna Skandera said she wanted to hear more from the students. I don’t think this is what she […]