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Blog Profile / Class Struggle


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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Teacher to legislators: Here’s how your decisions impact my students every single day

Lori Rice is a fourth-grade teacher at West Elementary in Wamego, Kansas, who has  taught K-2 reading as well as kindergarten, first grade and fourth grade for the past 19 years. Her students read books that are held together by tape, and because of budget cuts her school does not have a full-time librarian, art […]

Mom: I thought I did everything right, but my 6-year-old is already ‘behind’ in reading

A recent post on a new report calling into question the practice of forcing young children to read to meet Common Core standards generated hundreds of responses from educators and parents. The report, written by three experts in early childhood education, said that requiring some youngsters to read before they are ready could be harmful. […]

This 90-year-old Kenyan goes to primary school with her great-great grandchildren

She goes to school with her great-great grandchildren. Ninety-year-old Priscilla Sitienei attends Leaders Vision Preparatory School in Ndalat, Kenya, wearing a blue school uniform and green jumper, and participating in math, English, physical education, dance, drama and singing, according to this report by the BBC.  Some of her classmates their lives to her, in a […]

Teacher on Common Core testing: ‘I am a broken woman’

Jennifer Rickert is a sixth-grade teacher who has worked for 22 years in the Ichabod Crane Central School District in New York State. She just gave a powerful, detailed speech to her Board of Education about her objections to the state’s English Language Arts Common Core test and her decision not to administer it this […]

What the new Common Core tests are — and aren’t

At a Senate education committee hearing this week on how the No Child Left Behind law should be rewritten, the subject quickly turned to standardized testing and whether the federal government should maintain NCLB’s annual testing mandate. Witnesses and legislators talked about the amount of time students are tested, the stakes tied to the scores […]

What Obama didn’t mention in his State of the Union speech

President Obama talked about a lot of things in his State of the Union message on Tuesday night, but what was striking was what he didn’t mention — at least in the education world. The big debate at the moment in education centers around No Child Left Behind and how Congress, which is taking up […]

Martin Luther King’s prophetic comments about education reform

Here, as I have published before on Martin Luther King Jr., Day, are some of his writings related to education. You will see that King was prescient on a lot of things, including education reform. – Here’s an excerpt from “The Purpose of Education,” a piece he wrote in the February 1947 edition of the Morehouse College student newspaper, […]

Test-weary second-grader asks school board: ‘Is that all that matters to grown-ups?’

Saige Price is a 7-year-old second grader at Briarwood Elementary School in Florham Park, New Jersey. She recently appeared before the New Jersey Board of Education to talk about her experience in school — and she gave them a piece of her mind. Saige’s mother, Awo Okaikor Aryee-Price, said that her daughter worked on her […]

Teacher assigned students to write about how they would kill her

Put this in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category. A Montgomery County, Md., middle school teacher assigned her English students in four separate classes a story in which they had to describe how they would kill her — and the description had to include at least three gerunds, three infinitives and three participles. The Kingsview Middle School teacher, […]

What are all these civil rights groups thinking?

What are all these civil rights and advocacy groups thinking? Nineteen organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the United Negro College Fund, just issued a joint statement (see text and full list of signatories below) about what they would like to see in a newly written No Child Left Behind law, which is […]

A Supreme Court case that public education advocates should be watching

Critics of education reform that focuses on standardized tests for accountability purposes and the expansion of “choice” correctly point out that what happens in a classroom is impossible to entirely divorce from what happens to children outside their school buildings. Government housing, tax and other policies affect public schools, though they are very rarely considered […]

One thing schools should do to boost students’ intellectual growth

Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one that school reformers who push the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers want to see. What Brady and like-minded educators say is needed is an overhaul in what and how students […]

Teacher: The most important thing I’ve learned

Ellie Herman took an unorthodox path to the world of education. For two decades she was a writer/producer for television shows including “The Riches,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope” and “Newhart.” She wrote fiction that appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection. Then, in 2007, she […]

Teacher evaluation: going from bad to worse?

John King recently resigned as New York state’s education commissioner after a tumultuous tenure in which he helped create and implement a controversial education evaluation system and rushed the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and aligned testing. (He is now going to work as a top assistant to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, […]

How hard would it be to replace the Common Core with something better?

For several years now teachers around the country have been attempting to implement the Common Core State Standards, some with more success than others. Implementation in many places has been flawed at best: many teachers weren’t given enough time to learn the standards and create new curriculum and lesson plans around them, and many of […]

2014 posts you should read at least once

To all of you who have stayed tuned to this space for this past year or for any part of it, I thank you. Here are some posts of the last year that help tell the education reform story in 2014. Some were very popular with readers but all speak to some aspect of what […]

Mom: How I know my anxious daughter’s kindergarten teacher is great

Jane Dimyan-Ehrenfeld  is a parent and an education lawyer in Maryland who was an elementary school teacher for eight years. In this post, she talks about why she knows her daughter’s kindergarten teacher is great — and why teachers should be evaluated by more than just test scores. The name of the school is not […]

Best and worst education news of 2014 — a teacher’s list

Here is veteran teacher Larry Ferlazzo’s annual list for the best/worst education news of the year. Ferlazzo teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.  He has written seven books on education, writes a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher and has his own popular resource-sharing blog. See if […]

Why is Christmas on Dec. 25? (It wasn’t always.)

Christmas is on Dec. 25, but it wasn’t always. Dec. 25 is not the date mentioned in the Bible as the day of Jesus’s birth; the Bible is actually silent on the day or the time of year  when Mary was said to have given birth to him in Bethlehem. The earliest Christians did not […]

We are trying to close the achievement gap all wrong — teacher

You can’t have a conversation about education reform without the words “achievement gap” coming in at some point, along with specific plans on how to close it. But are policymakers attempting to close it in an effective way? James Boutin, a veteran high school teacher just south of Seattle, Washington, answers in the following post. […]

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