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Cuomo calls public school system a ‘monopoly’ he wants to bust

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is running for re-election, has angered teachers, parents and education activists by telling the New York Daily News editorial board that he views the K-12 public education system as a “monopoly” and that teachers are opposed to be evaluated. According to this story in the Daily News, Cuomo said […]

Cuomo calls public school system a ‘monopoly’ he wants to bust

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is running for re-election, has angered teachers, parents and education activists by telling the New York Daily News editorial board that he views the K-12 public education system as a “monopoly” and that teachers are opposed to be evaluated. According to this story in the Daily News, Cuomo said […]

Cuomo's Betrayal--The Fruit of Appeasement

We in UFT/ NYSUT/ AFT are always on the cutting edge. When people say Bill Gates is trying to destroy American education, we open our arms, show them how open-minded we are, and invite him to be keynote at AFT convention. Of course I...Show More Summary

Division of School Improvement: Give and Read Multi-Step Directions

This lesson plan asks students to learn how to be clear and concise in giving instructions to complete a complex task.

Corruption Out in the Open on Shelby County Board of Education

Citizens came with their signs and their speeches tonight, pleading for their community schools. Sitting on the School Board was a smug employee of Green Dot Charter Schools, one of the corrupt outfits scheduled to take over at least two Memphis schools. Show More Summary

Smart People I Know Everywhere: Episode 1

I had an idea on a flight today. Smart People I Know presentation My other podcasts Now add your questions or ideas. Thanks.    

The trouble with cannibalism in Pakistan

The difficult part about eating people in Pakistan is that... the legal ramifications don't cut the mustard. The brothers were promptly arrested, and they confessed to unearthing and eating a total of five corpses from the cemetery. But because Pakistan...

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Even The President Has to Go To Parent-Teacher Conferences

White House pool reports President Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama are at Sidwell Friends School 4 parent-teacher confs. 'Tis the season. via @juliehdavis Oklahoma Teacher Will Have To Quarantine Herself After Trip To Ebola-Free Rwanda...Show More Summary

Nominations Open for Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute 2015

Nominations are now open for the 13th Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute (NELI) that will be held in Emerald Lake, British Columbia, from March 29 to April 4, 2015.Successful nominees will be invited to participate in the annual library leadership training program. Show More Summary

CTA Hires The Sphinx

That’s the only explanation for an organizational exercise the California Teachers Association has been using at meetings of its activists. The union has embraced the concept of “appreciative inquiry,” which, the Internet tells us, is… …about the coevolutionary search for the best in people, their organizations, and the relevant world around them. In its broadest […]

Quotes: Cuomo Tacks Back Reform-Ward In NY Daily News Meeting

The teachers don’t want to do the evaluations and they don’t want to do rigorous evaluations — I get it. I feel exactly opposite. -- NY Governor Cuomo in NYDN (via Ravitch blog)

Keep Wooddale Middle School Out of the Hands of Corporate Profiteers

How can this school be in the bottom five percent in the state of Tennessee?? Below is the schedule for ASD takeover meetings this week. Come out to your community school meeting and send the profiteers a message they won't forget.

Evil clowns appear in France

Spooky clowns have started surfacing in France, but they aren't merely creepy. Confirming most people's nightmares, these pitres are also violent. Fourteen teenagers dressed as clowns and carrying pistols, knives and baseball bats were arrested outside a school in Agde,...

Desiderata for this season of horror

What are the best works of horror produced during the past five years? Consider this a seasonal query, as we approach splendid Halloween, Infocult's apogee of the year. Let us restrict our nominations to longer works, including: novels and short...

Creepy clowns invade Florida

The creepy clown craze has hit Florida, Surveillance videos in the Springfield area show clowns caught on people's porches and sidewalks. In one video, the clown clearly knew he was being recorded. The clown on a porch grabs a pumpkin,...

KIPP Collegiate Among Lowest Performers on Tennessee Priority List

Yesterday the KIPP Memphis operation backed out of a plan to take over South Side Middle School:Teachers at South Side Middle School protested the takeover process last week, sending a letter to government officials and the media arguing that their scores had improved in the past year. Show More Summary

Coffeebot reveals the posthuman world

A robot makes coffee in this video. Note its fluid movements, the head-thing motions, and its utter assurance of replacing humanity forever: Tokyo Desu observes: despite it being obvious the manufacturer has taken efforts to make the robot look more...

Haunted surveillance

Here's a look at surveillance after today's golden age, when spy machines are ruins: Future of CCTV, when we are all gone and beyond its power to make data ghost of us all. #LossLit (thanks to Jesse Walker)

Eleven civil rights groups urge Obama to drop test-based K-12 ‘accountability’ system

Eleven national civil rights groups sent a letter Tuesday to President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and congressional leaders saying that the current standardized test-based “accountability system” for K-12 education ignores...Show More Summary

A leg of lamp

Some body parts are lost, but found again. A Dutch man lost his leg through a swimming pool accident, then decided to have the detached limb turned into a lamp. (thanks to the wife of Infocult)

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