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Comment about “ The Unbearable Lightness of Neo-Liberal Historical Revisionism in Education ” by Jim Horn Regarding this last sentence of the article: Booker T. Washington spent his life never bothering to ask that question, and it appears...Show More Summary

Let’s get systematic, baby…

Man, there has been a lot written about the Learning Management System (LMS) as summer (norte-centrismo) draws down this year. Or maybe it’s always like this, and I am only now paying attention… I have some noise I would like to add, but as I started to jot my thoughts felt compelled to cite some […]

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Sure, Why Not Compare Schools To Yellow Cabs?

The inevitable comparison between Uber and school choice - James Courtovich in the WSJ Putting The Trust Back In Education @ConorPWilliams riffs off of @ulrichboser's new book Instead Of Staring At Screens,...Show More Summary

Afternoon Video: Celebrities' Hilariously Bad Education Ideas

The Marshall Tuck campaign gets a few celebrity endorsements for his CA superintendent race -- plus some hilariously awful suggestions.

Thompson: Once Again, Mass Insight Explains What It Takes to Turnaround Schools

When I first read Mass Insight's The Turnaround Challenge, I was thrilled by its holistic explanation of what it takes to turnaround the most challenging schools. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the document was his Bible, but then he violated most of its principles when establishing School Improvement Grants, dooming his SIG to failure. Show More Summary

What is a STEM occupation?

A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau said that 74 percent of all people who hold bachelor’s degrees in the four STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — don’t have jobs in what are considered to be STEM occupations. So with a big national push to get young people to move into […]

Non-Denial Denial

There was a second sick-out by teachers at two Jefferson County, Colorado, high schools yesterday. Chalkbeat Colorado reported the story this way: The Jefferson County Education Association today once again denied any role in the mass teacher absences. “This was not organized by JCEA but we certainly understand the frustration our teachers and the entire […]

Professor: Why I tell students to become teachers — even though the profession is under assault

Why, given the continuing assault on the teaching profession, would anyone suggest to young people that they consider becoming teachers? Here’s why, from Mark Naison, a professor of African American Studies and History at Fordham University and director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program. He is the author of three books and over 100 articles on […]

Once more into the abyss

When I thought of the cataracts of books, the Niagaras of books, the rushing rivers of books, the oceans of books, the tons and truckloads and trainloads of books that were pouring off the presses of the world at that moment, only a very few of which would be worth picking up and looking at, […]

Journalism: Think Tanks Bypassing Media & Doing Their Own Version Of Journalism

In case you hadn't noticed, more and more think tanks are behaving in journalism-like ways: hiring journalists to write pleasant, engaging pieces as well as blogging and tweeting directly to policymakers and the public. [They also seem...Show More Summary

Comments on Naomi Klein's New Book

A clip from comments on Naomi Klein's new book at Nation of Change:Klein starts with a blunt statement of the problem: “[O]ur economic system and our planetary system are now at war. Or, more accurately, our economy is at war with many...Show More Summary

Morning Video: New Video Targets 371 "Failing" NYC Schools

It's not quite as moving as last summer's version -- and the one I saw last night during the news featured a kid who wanted to be a doctor -- but here's the new Families For Educational Justice video that's airing in NYC, focusing on 143,000 kids in low-performing schools, using the hashtag #donttstealpossible. Show More Summary

Supreme Court of Canada Hearings Calendar for October 2014

The Supreme Court of Canada has published its calendar of appeal hearings for October 2014.To find out more about any particular case, the Court's website has a section that allows users to find docket information, case summaries as well as factums from the parties. All you need to do is click on a case name.

Equipment for my Library’s Makerspace

My library is putting the final touches on our fledgling makerspace/digital media lab. It opens December 8, assuming all the details fall into place! I thought it might be interesting to do a few posts on our plans – to share equipment ideas, policies and guidelines, and planning – in hopes that someone else will […]

Mysterious feature appears in one of Titan's seas

14 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Out in the outer solar system, a lonely human spacecraft has spotted something. JPL describes it thusly: "Cassini Watches Mysterious Feature Evolve in Titan Sea" The press release adds more details, and develops the mystery: The mysterious feature, which appears...

AM News: Superintendents' Strong Support For Common Core Asssessments

Superintendents Support Common-Assessment Consortia EdWeek: About two-thirds of district superintendents say states should stick with their common-core testing consortia, while 16 percent remain on the fence over the issue, according to results from a new survey. Show More Summary

Serve your detention or lose your textbooks

Dear student, if you do not serve your detention, we will take away your textbooks. Dear student, if you do not serve your detention, we will take away your pencils and paper. Dear student, if you do not serve your detention, we will take away your band instrument. Dear student, if you do not serve [...]

For Bill on Disabled Access to Online Teaching Materials, the Devil’s in the Details

As smart classrooms become the norm on more campuses and online courses proliferate, some observers worry that the digital revolution will leave students with disabilities behind. But a bill under consideration in the U.S. Congress,Show More Summary

An Extra Large @medium Response

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by Tracy Lee After a bit of a rant posted on medium how medium’s rss feeds are messed up, I was pleased to see the post published there getting probably ore recommends than anything else I published there. Show More Summary

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