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
“[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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Mental-health problems are at an all-time high among college students. In addition, there has been a sharp decline in students' abilities to deal with setbacks of everyday life.
A year ago or thereabouts, Mayor Bill de Blasio started a community policing program. The idea, I guess, was to get police on the street like the beat cops of yore. Where would these cops come from? It appears the mayor pulled them from the public schools. Show More Summary
The larger plan is to coordinate a statewide school employees’ walkout on April 2, but the Oklahoma City AFT affiliate was going to hold its own work stoppage on March 28. Yesterday that plan was abruptly canceled. Guess why. “We will...Show More Summary
Been in a few conversations lately where I have wanted to quote or point people towards this scene, or this movie, but in the moment it always feels a little weird. In other words, we’re talking about an underground, which did exist during the Dark Ages in a different way, among the mystical orders of […]
As we wrote in the last blog post, LibraryThing has acquired the mobile platform Litsy. Here is a sort of Q&A about Litsy, and how Litsy and LibraryThing can help each other. Other resources: Press Release Litsy Newsletter: Big news (Email to all Litsy members, reposted on the LibraryThing blog.) LibraryThing Talk discussion Onward Litsy! […]
Note: This went out today in the Litsy newsletter. Litsy doesn’t have a blog, so we thought we’d also post it here, for Littens to share. We have big news! LibraryThing, the team behind the long-running social cataloging and book discussion site LibraryThing.com, has acquired Litsy. The Short Version Don’t panic. Litsy is not going […]
There has been a significant amount of coverage and commentary on the new revelations about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, and how Facebook's default settings were exploited to allow personal information about 50 million people to be exfiltrated from Facebook. Show More Summary
It values what you learn, not smiles and extra credit.
The New York Times took a stroll through the history of Cemetery Belt, a spot along the Brooklyn-Queens border that's unusually rich in dead people. There are more than a dozen cemeteries near the line separating the two boroughs, i...
Fourth in my recent series of articles in English Teaching Professional. See bottom of the page for links to a couple of photocopiables, two other articles on the topic, and lots more posts on classic TEFL games. A set of … Continue reading ?
Someone in the Russian far eastern city of Khabarovsk made a splendidly Gothic discovery: a bag of severed human hands. "Initially a single hand was spotted, then the bag containing a total of 54 severed hands." Like so: A Siberian....