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Random Families File Lawsuit Demanding Bazillion Dollar Raise for Teachers

Exclusive--Seven families have filed a lawsuit in Albany claiming that their children received an excellent education due to teacher tenure. The parents are claiming that if the teachers had not had job protections they may not have taught their children. Show More Summary

NYSYUT President Karen Mageee Explains How Common Core Enables Life, the Universe, and Everything

In recent debate over the Common Core, NYSUT president, Karen Magee, said: "I pose the questions to you today: If not standards, then what? A free-for-all? Everyone does what they please? No common base? No common method to look at what they're doing?... Show More Summary

Fearsome media, the tv show

Amazon is piloting a tv show called Hysteria, which is all about scary stuff happening online, according to The Verge. It focuses on a town where a strange "psycho-physiological illness" causing violent fits and spasms appears to be spreading through...

A parent's ghost in the machine

A ghost computer game story comes from Yahoo's automative department: Well, when i was 4, my dad bought a trusty XBox. you know, the first, ruggedy, blocky one from 2001. we had tons and tons and tons of fun playing...

California creepy doll source revealed

Updates on yesterday's California creepy doll story: The dolls didn't appear all at once: "Families began filing police reports about the dolls as early as June 16". Not all of the human girls attend the same school, and "some families...

If NYSED Were a Teacher...

Here is the rub: If the New York State Education Department were a teacher, parents would be on the phone and NYSED would soon be called down to the principal's office. In the hands of an apt administrator, NYSED would be sternly advised to change or denied tenure. Show More Summary

Subdivision of the creepy dolls

Recently dolls appeared on the front steps of eight California homes. These are porcelain dolls. They do not belong to the families inhabiting these houses. They do resemble the children living in those houses. The story is mysterious at this...

Land of a Thousand Rubrics

I've been attending curriculum development workshops all week. We're looking at Common Core, without which no sentient being can function, and one of our sub-categories is rubrics. Yesterday we created some of our own.I'll be frank. I have never liked rubrics. Show More Summary

Remediating the Remediators

Rockville Centre Principal Carol Burris has a whole series of pieces in the Washington Post, one better than the next. In her latest, she examines the odd formulas for figuring whether or not students need remediation. One is perhaps better than the next, but none appear to be anything worth jumping up and down about. Show More Summary

The old game of mannequin or corpse?

Florida Gothic (now there's a redundant phrase) offered us another tale of horror, as two men made a very typical mistake. Two men hired to clean out a vacant Tampa Bay area house thought they found a mannequin hanging in...

Russian tv goes Gothic

A Russian tv station ran a horrific story, which looks like myth-making so far. It describes a crucifiction allegedly conducted by Kievan forces: The report featured a woman named as Galina Pyshnyak, who was interviewed at a refugee camp in...

Pay Up, Mayor de Blasio

To my mind, the worst thing about the 2005 UFT Contract was giving up seniority transfers and the UFT transfer plan so that veteran teachers could become ATR teachers. Rendering them week to week wandering subs a few years back made that even worse. Show More Summary

The Deformer Formula for "De-Motivating" Kids

In all the discussion of higher standards, I doubt the "reformers" have given much consideration to the complexities of motivation.Some "reformers" seem to think that students who fail will seize the day. They will harness their inner grit, work harder than ever and power their way to success. Show More Summary

UFT Unity Introduces New and Improved Election Procedures

One of the biggest reasons we lowly teachers have no voice in the UFT is because many, many delegates are "at large." In fact, most of the million names on the UFT ballot are AFT and NYSUT delegates. These delegates are chapter leaders,...Show More Summary

The doom that came to malls

CNN turns its baleful gaze upon malls, and deems their decline to be an Autopsy of America Why is this economic event a morbid thing? Listen to the article's language: Dead shopping malls are a sad sight. "It's the human...

Ukraine jetliner crisis turns Gothic

The crisis over a downed Malaysian airliner in Ukraine took on a strikingly Gothic hue as one rebel leader offered a fascinatingly gory conspiracy theory. Igor Strelkov thinks the corpses are not what they seem. According to the information received...

Unity or Non-Unity, You Still Get No Voice in UFT

Yesterday I wrote a little bit about rigged UFT elections, and I will have more about those tomorrow. Today I'm going to focus on our system of appointing chapter leaders to our schools. Whether or not your chapter leader is Unity, a good one should be able to help you within the school building. Show More Summary

The Gothic history of Ouija

Smithsonian has a fine article on the Ouija board's history. The whole thing is delightful, so we'll only excerpt a few key pieces here. ITEM: ironic death by Ouija. Kennard CEO "William Fuld... died in 1927 after a freak fall...

Crossing Language Barriers Via Family And Photos

We have a significant number of students from African background at our school. Now that in itself is too broad a description as the students we have enrolled hail from over twenty nations and cultures across the African continent. Two of the more major groups include Somali and Kurundi families, and our Community Development Officer […]

Fearing the driverless car

The FBI has generated some useful ways that Google's self-driving car could be scary. First, you might have a car bomb, if "autonomous cars may be used as 'lethal weapons.'" The Googlemobile would thereby become "be more of a potential...

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