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Ahlan wa sa’halan: Blogging in 1996

Through more twitter conversations with Maha Bali, my memory cells rekindled an early web project I did while working at the Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction (Maricop Community Colleges). I might boast that I built something to help a faculty member blog (there ought to be some scare quotes). Show More Summary

Teacher: ‘Don’t tell me that I don’t want accountability’

I published a post last week titled “Seven things teachers are sick of hearing from school reformers” that was very popular with readers. There has been a lively debate in the comments section of that post, with some people critical of the teacher who wrote the piece and others supportive. I am publishing a response […]

First Responder

When United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew decided his union would co-sponsor Al Sharpton’s March for Justice for Victims of Police Brutality, he probably wasn’t expecting a lot of blowback. But he failed to recognize that the president of the police officers’ union could be just as bombastic as he.  “It is absolutely ridiculous […]

Quotes: NYC Mayor De Blasio Praises Predecessor For Common Core Focus

They were right to focus on the Common Core curriculum. -- NYC Mayor De Blasio on Bloomberg decisions that led to NYC test score increases (WNYC Five Things You Need to Know About NYC Scores on State Tests)

Morning Video: Reformers (Too) Quick To Dismissal Ed-Related Lawsuits?

As was apparent at last week's discussion of the Vergara case between Fordham's Mike Petrilli and AEI's Mike McShane, the current generation of school reformers is generally dismissive of legal cases in search of school improvements....Show More Summary

What’s the real purpose of educational benchmarking?

“Benchmarking” is a word that is now everywhere in the world of education. There’s even a Center on International Education Benchmarking, a program of the National Center on Education and the Economy, which over 20 years has benchmarked the education systems of more than 20 countries in what is said to be an effort to […]

AM News: New York Scores Up (But Union Still Won't Endorse Cuomo)

Five Things You Need to Know About NYC Scores on State Tests WNYC: State Education Commissioner John King speculated on Thursday that the city showed more gains because it began training groups of teachers and principals in the Common Core learning standards a few years ago, ahead of other districts. Show More Summary

Take the Money and Run

I'm friendly with a pretty saavy ATR. I won't tell you his name, I won't tell you precisely who he's connected with, but I will tell you he seems to know people. In June, he met with a financial adviser and decided to take the ATR buyout. Show More Summary

At The Opposite End of Massive: Individual Connections & Sitting at the Dining Room Table

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by Pensiero You can fuss about your mentions, follower counts, book sales, klout scores, all of that is bubkahs to me in lieu of what the internet has and does afford me in enabling genuine connectivity with likable people I would never have gotten to know otherwise. Show More Summary

Calls from the dead

Snopes spots another story about dead people's cell phones making calls. In this instance a man died in a train crash. But then... Peck's body was recovered from the wreckage 12 hours after the accident. Yet for the first eleven...

CTA Joins Forces with CorpEd to End Teacher Due Process

from WSWS.org: By Alan Gilman 28 June 2014 On June 25, Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 215, legislation which streamlines the teacher dismissal process. The bill was lobbied heavily by the California Teachers Association (CTA) which joined with the right-wing anti-teacher organization EDVoice to get the bill passed. Show More Summary

The alarming five-year pin

Not long ago I had a back-and-forth with MPOW’s head of HR, who is a great HR head, by the way (and after my spring HR class my admiration for her role deepened–talk about a complex role people take for granted, like, you know, library work). She told me I would be receiving my five-year […]

Common Core tests fail kids in New York again. Here’s how.

Results of the 2014 New York State Common Core-aligned exams were recently released along with new information about the 2013 tests and the news was not good. Here’s an analysis, by educators Bianca Tanis  and Carol Burris, explaining what the results actually mean to students and educators. Burris, of South Side High School, has been […]

Common Core tests fail kids in New York again. Here’s how.

Results of the 2014 New York State Common Core-aligned exams were recently released along with new information about the 2013 tests and the news was not good. Here’s an analysis, by educators Bianca Tanis  and Carol Burris, explaining what the results actually mean to students and educators. Burris, of South Side High School, has been […]

‘Dear (white) teachers…’

Michael Doyle teaches biology at Bloomfield High School, an urban district in northern New Jersey, with the aim of turning young cynical hearts into skeptical ones. He worked previously as a longshoreman, a lab tech in an alcohol plant, and, more recently, a pediatrician in the projects who decided he would rather teach than practice […]

Overheard at the Lincoln Memorial on a Saturday night

Even if you aren’t trying to eavesdrop, it is impossible not to overhear other people talking at the Lincoln Memorial when it is late on a Saturday night and the site is packed with people — mostly tourists — who are visiting the magnificent marble monument for the first time and are visibly astounded by its […]

Teaching is Not a Business!!!

Teaching Is Not a Business By DAVID L. KIRP AUG. 16, 2014 Photo Credit Eleanor Davis Continue reading the main story Share This Page TODAY’S education reformers believe that schools are broken and that business can supply the remedy....Show More Summary

The Brutality of UFT Leadership

Mike Mulgrew's UFT is promoting Al Sharpton's August 23rd march for "justice for victims of police brutality." I don't know of too many, off hand, who support police brutality. I'm guessing very few police officers support police brutality. Show More Summary

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Unschooling: The Case for Setting Your Kids Into the Wild | Nature | OutsideOnline.com “At ages that would likely see them in seventh and fourth grades, I generously estimate that my boys spend no more than two hours per month sitting and studying the subjects, such as science and math, that are universal to mainstream […]

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