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Time to Update UFT Phone Banks

We're facing a really important election. While I am not jumping up and down about the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency, I find the notion of a Trump presidency unspeakable. Let's face it, UFT is the big dog in teacher unions. Show More Summary

Even the Rat Squad Doesn't Know Everything

Yesterday I heard about a teacher who was terminated. I'm always sad when I hear that happens, but I guess it means the system, designed to fire teachers, actually works the way it's supposed to. Maybe I should alert Andrew Cuomo, but...Show More Summary

Serious Comics

I attended  ComicCon  again this year, and addition to the wild costumes, crowded exhibit hall, and over-priced food, there are a series of sessions. They cover television, movies, and print in a wide variety of markets.  And I like the sessions that aren’t associated with popular media (as waiting in lines is something I’m fairly […]

A Tale of Two Cartoons

The cartoon on the left is something that Hillary supporters have been posting on Facebook lately. I first saw it a few months back when the nomination was still in question. Evidently, if you're a Sanders supporter, someone who believes...Show More Summary

AFT and DNC Joined at the Hip

In this piece from Education Week, there's a clear connection between the DNC, which has recently been exposed as in the tank for Hillary, and the AFT, which has pretty much always been in the tank for Hillary. Tweets from AFT President...Show More Summary

Quinnovation Fall 2016 Schedule

My fall schedule is coalescing, so I thought I’d provide pointers to when and where I’ll be out in public for the rest of this year: I’m doing two separate webinars for a government client, one at the end of August, and one at the end of September. I’ll be in Beijing running a mobile learning […]

UFT Unity and the Vision Thing

Over at Ednotes Online, a bold Unity Caucus member is making anonymous comments to the effect that CTU has been assimilated and resistance is futile. CTU voted as a bloc, and therefore, with no evidence whatsoever, this commenter declares that we are stranded, alone, and that things are hopeless. Show More Summary

Which Evil Do We Pick? This Year, the Lesser

I stand by everything I've said about Hillary Clinton, but will probably vote for her anyway. None of the insults Hillary supporters have hurled my way were persuasive. But a few things were. I am disgusted on some real primal level by Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the country. Show More Summary

The mutant human needed to survive car crashes

An Australian project came up with a hypothetical human, one presumed to have evolved to better handle the stresses of automobile collisions. "What if our bodies were built to survive a low impact crash? What might we look like?" Hi...

On Union---I Like You, I Just Hate Your Family

Though I've never supported GOP policies, I kind of liked Bob Dole at one time. He's quick-witted and sarcastic. I have a weakness for people who can think on their feet, and I've always kind of felt there were two few of them. But one day Dole started attacking teacher unions. Show More Summary

3d printing a dead man's finger to unlock a phone

Michigan police worked with a researcher to use 3d printing in a new, crime-solving way. They started from a fingerprint scan, then printed it into the 3-dimensional world, in order to use it as a fake finger. Why? To unlock...

Happy Days Redux

Day 4 in Minneapolis and they've slipped the hotel bill under our door. $548.47 to stay at the Normandy Inn, which is kind of a cool place. Jonathan Halabi and I debated sending the union a bill as this is related to our Executive Board...Show More Summary

Gothic murder, Russian gang style

This week Russia offers an example of very cruel murder. To be fair, the murder happened a decade or so ago; it was only unearthed recently. Novoselsky was kidnapped by the criminals who later immured him waste [sic or pun?]...

Mulgrew Demands Apology for My Little Pony (and says some other stuff)

I've been tweeting the AFT Convention for a few days. My style when I tweet things is to report what I hear. If I have any sort of commentary, I make it clear or do it here.Mulgrew began by speaking about how the GOP is evidently hurling accusations that Michelle Obama was plagiarizing from My Little Pony. Show More Summary

The wrong basis

Of late, I’ve been talking about the approach organizations take to learning.  It’s come up in presentations on learning design, measurement, and learning technology strategy.  And the point is simple: we’re not using the right basis. What we’re supposed to be doing is empirically justifiable: doing investigations into the problem identifying the root cause mapping back […]

Social Justice Is for Everyone, Including Teachers

Norm Scott says it's hard to "out social justice Randi," and in a lot of ways he's right. UFT Unity is certainly diverse. And Randi hits every note when she speaks. There is no doubt whatsoever that she's aware of racial inequality. She's a great advocate for the LGBT community. Show More Summary

Trump Jr. Shares His Insights On Public Education

Nothing like watching the GOP Convention. It turns out that we teachers are to blame for almost everything. The whole narrative about money moving more and more to the 1% is completely false. Otherwise, how could Donald Trump Jr. say...Show More Summary

Human skin clothes for fashion

Here's an Infocult approach to fashion: grow clothes from the DNA of a famous designer. [G]raduate student Tina Gorjanc has created a line of “human leather” goods. And the leather isn’t from just any ol’ human, but from the skin...

In Which a UFT Unity Member Lectures Me on Democracy

Here's something I posted on Facebook:They just voted a dues increase for AFT. There are exactly seven people chosen by UFT high school teachers to represent UFT high school teachers. I'm one, and another, Jonathan Halabi, is seated at my right. Show More Summary

‘Form’ing learning

Last week I ran a workshop for an online university that is working to improve it’s learning design.  Substantially.  They’re ramping up their staff abilities, and we’d talked about how I could help.  They have ‘content’, but wanted to improve the learning design around this.  While there are a number of steps to take (including […]

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