Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has been missing three days, and fearsome digital media accounts have already appeared. So far these news stories describe people connected with passengers finding digital evidence of those passengers possibly being alive. Mobile phones: the hardware...
Everywhere you turn it's poor Eva Moskowitz. How can mean old Bill de Blasio treat her so shabbily? After all, the woman has to scrape by on 499K per annum, and that's only 99K more than President Obama earns. It was certainly poor judgment...Show More Summary
There's some splendid Gothic in the first season of True Detective. For example, this disturbing altar:
I’m very proud to teach ESL at Francis Lewis High School, one of the largest schools in NYC, where I am also UFT chapter leader.When repeatedly failed schemes, like merit pay, are promoted by Governor Cuomo, NYSUT needs strong leaders. Show More Summary
As Jim has noted, we are working on an article on the theme of innovation lost. One section of the piece as it stands is a fairly full-throated attack on the Learning Management System. Jim pulls out one of the critiques in his most recent post, we have drafted others. But to my mind, the […]
James Eterno and I went to a forum in Melville, Long Island the other night. James and I are both unionists, advocates and chapter leaders. As a chapter leader, James is kind of my role model. He knows the contract up and down and back and forth. Show More Summary
Jim Groom has a Bavalicious post with musings on where the web went wrong in higher ed, and I highly recommend you read it, as well as some very informed and thoughtful responses in the comments. I am posting an expanded version of my own comment here. Pat Lockley suggests a less sinister rationale for […]
By special guest blogger Unimpressed One of the most prominent and praised charter schools recently had a teacher/tutor recruitment fair. At the recruitment fair we were given brochures gushing about the amazing qualities of this amazing charter school. Show More Summary
When folks who make half a million dollars a year have problems, you'd better believe Andrew Cuomo has solutions. If that bad old Bill de Blasio won't give Eva Moskowitz free rent, well, he'll just take our tax dollars and give it to her.The Post is very happy about that. Show More Summary
We're in the odd position of having a governor who simultaneously calls himself a student advocate while also maintaining he has no say over what goes on in education. It's certainly nice to be able to take whatever position is expedient at the moment with no regard to the actual facts. Show More Summary
I've been speaking to heads of other locals, and they're pretty shocked when they hear we've gone over five years without a raise. They tell me if that happened where they are, they'd have been voted out. Of course, where they are, it's...Show More Summary
A dead man comes back life! shrieks CNN. Yes, America's leading Gothic source has more real-life terror for us. Tellingly, the story occupied CNN's front page for hours. (thanks to Todd Bryant)
To Whom It May Concern:I just watched what appeared to be a commercial for Eva Moskowitz charter schools, introduced by your anchor as a "war on charters." I saw no mention that de Blasio had closed fewer than one quarter of the colocations Bloomberg pushed through. Show More Summary
Open the paper today and you see this, a story about how NY State is looking at back-door vouchers. You see, rather than give you money back for tuition, you'll simply get a tax-credit for donations to the school of your choice.This will cost the state 300 million dollars, and half of it will be earmarked for private school scholarships. Show More Summary
Bitelabs offers the best Gothic take on celebrity culture since Gwynneth Paltrow's skull was opened up for us all in Contagion. The Bitelabs website offers delicious meats, grown from celebrities' tissue samples. Call it glam cannibalism: It all starts with...
Some folks have created nicely creepy tattoos by combining scary subjects with 3d styles. For example: Or: (thanks to Jesse Walker)
It's all over whatever it is that used to be Gotham Schools. Eva and her buds are upset. Apparently, when de Blasio said charters might have to pay rent, he was referring to none other than charters that have a lot of money. You know,...Show More Summary
A Google Glass user reports being attacked for her technology. [T]wo women confronted her. Then, a man ripped the Google Glass off of her face. This might be the prototype for Glass-bashing. The victim's reaction via social media: “OMG so...
We were all shocked to come in yesterday and find our teacher lunchroom had been totally redesigned. There were new tables. There were new seats and they were made in Canada. We could tell because each one had its own individual maple leaf.Not only that, but the tables were all the same. Show More Summary
The ruins of ancient, abandoned Russian churches are the focus of this gallery. English Russia helpfully explains: This article is about abandoned monumental churches of the Vologda region whose history is unfortunately unknown. So we post these pictures just for...