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Time for Democrats to Move on (and Maybe UFT Should Too)

15 minutes agoEducation / Learning : NYC Educator

A pair of columns about Democrats, one about what black voters lost by hitching their star to them, and another about the price Democrats paid for letting unions die, cried out to me. It's very much something that's been freaking me out, particularly since Trump took the White House. Show More Summary

Article: Understanding Twitter Use by Major LIS Professional Organisations in the United States

SAGE Journals is allowing access for one month behind its paywall so people can read the article Understanding Twitter Use by Major LIS Professional Organisations in the United States.The article is from the recent issue of the Journal...Show More Summary

California School Unions Gearing Up For Strikes, Political Campaigns

The Los Angeles Unified School District is going to have its hands full dealing with employee contract issues, if the smoke signals emanating from local unions are any indication. SEIU Local 99, which represents some 30,000 LAUSD education support employees, is currently holding an all-member strike authorization vote. Show More Summary

Dark Patterns when Deleting an Account on Facebook

By default, Facebook makes it more complicated than it needs to be to delete an account. Their default state is to have an account be deactivated, but not deleted. However, both the deactivation and deletion process can be undone if a person logs back into Facebook. Show More Summary

California Teachers Association Funds Its Own Opposition

The California Teachers Association has so much money it is funding political ads for gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom, and against him. CTA endorsed Newsom and has already contributed to his campaign. The union also gave $25,000 to the Asian American Small Business PAC, which evidently prefers a different candidate. Show More Summary

13 Questions With Fiona Anthes - Canadian War Museum

The website has been running a series of librarian profiles called 13 Questions With...Here is the most recent one with Fiona Anthes, Supervisor, Military History Research Centre, Canadian War Museum: "Why a career in...Show More Summary

Too Big to Map, But I Tried

from Wrench in the GearsMarch 18, 2018I realize this is a very long post and not all that readable. I will try and break it down further in the near future, but for now consider it a work in progress; a way for me to gather a lot of divergent ideas, spheres of influence, and money trails in one place. Show More Summary

Florina Rodov: The Truth About Charter Schools

“[W]hen teachers aren’t unionized, they’re exploited — and when teachers suffer, so do kids.” — Florina Rodov This amazing piece by Florina Rodov on Shondaland is a must read. Taking place at one of the seedy charter corporations here in Los Angeles, the story Rodov tells is all too familiar to all of us that are anti-privatization activists. Show More Summary

Humane Education Versus Educational Technology and Pay for Success: My Testimony to Philadelphia City Council

from Wrench in the GearsMarch 12, 2018 Today I offered public testimony at a special hearing discussing early literacy education and standards held by the Education Committee of Philadelphia City Council. Below is a recording of my testimony, followed by the written text I submitted for the record. Show More Summary

Social Norms, Moral Judgments, and Irrational Parenting

We are all conformists; it’s part of human nature. But sometimes our conformist nature leads us to do things that are downright silly or, worse, tragic.

What If Medicine’s First Principle Were Also Education’s?

If standard schooling were a drug, it would have to come with a lot of warnings, if it were permitted at all. There's no evidence that it works better than a placebo.

One Man’s Way to Create Neighborhood Play for His Kids

When Mike Lanza became a father 11 years ago, he was determined to provide his son—and now his three sons—with a childhood of play.

Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

The high rates of emotional disorders and problems among college students have generated concern. Here I present views about the sources of students’ emotional difficulties.

Helicopter Parenting & College Students’ Increased Neediness

College counseling services report increases in emotional fragility in students. What is the evidence that these changes are the result of a rise in helicopter parenting?

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