Sunday, September 2, 2012

Labor Day facts - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

Labor Day facts - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post:

Answer Sheet


Labor Day facts

For well over a century Americans have been celebrating Labor Day on the first Monday in September, yet it may be the federal holiday about which kids — and plenty of adults — know the least.

A protest in 2011 in Ohio against a Republican effort to cut public workers’ union bargaining rights. (Melina Mara/THE WASHINGTON POST)
Too many don’t know that it was labor activists who forced employers to stop sending kids into mines, textiles, glass factories, canneries and other places to work back-breaking jobs day and night. Because of the labor movement, child labor ended, and adult workers won better conditions, including the eight-hour work day.
The first Labor Day celebration is believed to have been first observed on Sept. 5, 1882, when Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters and Joiners Union secretary, organized 10,000 workers to march in New York City, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Within a decade, more than half 

Teachers Need To Look At Jim Bouton As A Role Model.southbronxschool.com

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Teachers Need To Look At Jim Bouton As A Role Model

Jim Bouton pitched for the Yankees, Seattle Pilots, and the Houston Astros from 1962-1970 and a brief comeback briefly with the Atlanta Braves in 1978. His two best seasons were 1962 and 1963, but after that arm troubles did him in and he was never the same. He was known for his wicked fastball and his hat flying off his head as he pitched. He was apply nicknamed "The Bulldog."

But his two claims to fame came from off the field. He was the inventor of the bubble gum product Big League Chew and he was a ground breaking author. Care to guess why? The SBSB tasked one of our groupies to 

Letter from Louisiana State Board Member « Diane Ravitch's blog

Letter from Louisiana State Board Member « Diane Ravitch's blog:


Letter from Louisiana State Board Member

A few days ago, I started honoring people who defend public education and teachers against reckless assaults on them. One of the first of those on the honor roll was Lottie Beebe, an elected member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Here is her response.
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Diane, you are my hero.  Thank you for your untiring efforts to keep everyone informed of what is happening in Louisiana.  We must continue to be vocal and strive to educate the public to the truth regarding education reform.  I think your latest effort is remarkable! I think it is a wonderful idea to recognize those who stand up for students and traditonal public schools. I 


A Journalist Who Gets It

Daniel Akst writes editorials for Newsday, the Long Island, New York daily.
He just wrote an excellent editorial.
Long island has some great schools that are the heart of their community.
It also has pockets of poverty.
This wise editorial educates the public.
Are American schools the best in the world? The answer is a resounding maybe — which is good 

Students Last: From Slime to Self-flagellation: Teachers Prepare for New School Year

Students Last: From Slime to Self-flagellation: Teachers Prepare for New School Year:


From Slime to Self-flagellation: Teachers Prepare for New School Year

New York City - While some teachers prepare to return to their classrooms by reviewing curriculum and purchasing needed supplies, many veteran educators get ready in less traditional ways.  We sent reporters to each of the boroughs to uncover their secrets.

Staten Island
Beginning early in August, Ginny Evans, who has taught middle schoolers at I.S. 352 for twelve years, practices holding her urine. "When school lets out, I get used to peeing when I want to.  Then when August comes around, 

In box. Jonah Edelman at ASCD. « Fred Klonsky

In box. Jonah Edelman at ASCD. « Fred Klonsky:


In box. Jonah Edelman at ASCD.

Fred,
ASCD cancelled him has a speaker……I hope everyone is happy that FREE SPEECH is now the new “squeaky wheel”………..so much for a nonprofit being A-Political…….isn’t the choice of the educator to attend his speaking engagement …..not the choice of ASCD to not allow him to speak? Horrible times we live in now……..
- not a teacher…but a teacher’s dad 
Dear not a teacher,
Just to be clear. I never suggested that Edelman not be allowed



Guest blog. I find myself unable to sit still.

By Jerry.
On the eve of a historic battle between Chicago teachers and Rahm Emanuel, in what is to be the biggest fight for quality education in recent history, I find myself unable to sit still. I am in awe of the Chicago Teacher’s Union and their leadership and, at the same time, genuinely annoyed by the leadership of my own leaders in the IEA. While I am a suburban teacher, it is undeniable clear to me the impact the fight in Chicago will have on my profession, the school I work in, as well as the school my children attend. The issues central to CPS teachers are completely and totally parallel to those facing teachers throughout the state.
Fair salary in an era of teaching that is increasingly demanding more from me professionally and personally, the 

Jersey Jazzman: Lord Help Perth Amboy

Jersey Jazzman: Lord Help Perth Amboy:


Lord Help Perth Amboy

Because NJ Education Commissioner Chris Cerf sure won't. Remember, Cerf's the one who dithers and delayson bringing the war between members of the board of education and Superintendent Janine Caffrey to a swift conclusion. Now, just as school is ready to start, everything starts to fall apart.
A former Perth Amboy school principal has filed a counterclaim after losing his job following accusations of allowing sales of alcoholic beverage in the school.
Alvaro Cores, who until July 1 was principal of Herbert Richardson Elementary School, 

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 9-2-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2



James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."

A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAP




Missouri Education Watchdog: Does Tony Bennett Reflect the GOP's View of Education?

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Does Tony Bennett Reflect the GOP's View of Education?: Does Tony Bennett Reflect the GOP's View of Education? by stlgretchen This is what a Republican Superintendent supports in education. Does this look state driven to you? What happens educationally in Indiana will happen in Missouri will happen in Florida will happen in Utah....and in any other state signed on to the Common Core standards. If Romney is elected president, will his new Secretary of Education support these unproven and untested standards? Will a DOEd secretary support standards an... more »

TO A HIGHER STANDARD « Teachers Fight Back

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TO A HIGHER STANDARD « Teachers Fight Back: TO A HIGHER STANDARD by alkleen When are teachers going to understand that they are held to a higher standard than a person in any other profession known to man? That high standard takes away many of the freedoms that people who work in other professions are allowed to have. Teachers don’t really have freedom of expression, freedom of speech, the right to express themselves politically, (at least in the classroom), the right to make moral choices that might offend a school board or a community, the right to act in any manner that might... more »

School Tech Connect: It Needs To Be Honoroed

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School Tech Connect: It Needs To Be Honoroed: It Needs To Be Honoroed by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) Nice letter in the downstate press. To the Editor: My pension does not need to be reformed; it needs to be honored. I am a retired public school teacher. I did not earn or pay into the Social Security system during my years of teaching. I instead paid into the Teacher Retirement System every paycheck (almost 10 percent each month). This was not a choice; it was an automatic deduction from my paycheck. My employers also paid into the Teacher Retirement System. The TRS invested ... more »

Eh, Political - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher

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Eh, Political - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: Eh, Political by Nancy Flanagan *Today is my birthday. I'm giving myself a day of relaxation--I've been working hard all week, keeping up with the political splatfest on TV and Twitter, from empty chairs to shopping for milk. Here's a reworked column I wrote in September of 2008. Guess what? Not much has changed.* I wish I had a stock certificate for every time I've heard a teacher exclaim "I'm not very political, but..." Or maybe I'd rather have a dollar, cash money in the cookie jar, given the times--but the poin... more »

Special Report: The profit motive behind virtual schools in Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

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Special Report: The profit motive behind virtual schools in Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: Special Report: The profit motive behind virtual schools in MaineDocuments expose the flow of money and influence from corporations that stand to profit from state leaders' efforts to expand and deregulate digital education. By Colin Woodard cwoodard@pressherald.com Staff Writer Stephen Bowen was excited and relieved. click image to enlarge Celestial McBride, left, 14, and her brother Sevan, 12, work on their online classes from the Florida Virtual School at their h... more »

UPDATE - Online Scandal in Maine: For-Profit Online Charter Scandal « Diane Ravitch's blog

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For-Profit Online Charter Scandal « Diane Ravitch's blog: Understanding the Online Scandal in Maine by dianerav If you read this article about how online companies bought American education, you would not be at all shocked or surprised by the scandal in Maine. There, the state commissioner of education is following the instructions of Jeb Bush’s education advisor and implementing the ALEC model legislation to change the laws to bring in for-profit online corporations. Corporations will make millions. Many children in Maine will get a lousy education, and the taxpayers in Maine will... more »

Jonathan Kozol: FIRE IN THE ASHES: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children

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Jonathan Kozol: FIRE IN THE ASHES: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children: Event Jonathan Kozol: FIRE IN THE ASHES: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children KPFA Radio 94.1 FM with the Oakland Education Association and the Berkeley Federation of Teachers presents Jonathan Kozol FIRE IN THE ASHES: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America A Tribute to Jonathan Kozol & All Public School Teachers Hosted by Anthony Cody $12 advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com : (800) 838-3006 or Pegasus Books, Marcus Books, Mrs. Dalloway's, Moe's Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL, ... more »

Vice President Biden Selected to "Talk to the Chair" at the Democratic National Convention

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* **Vice President Biden Selected to* *"Talk to the Republican Chair"* *at the Democratic National Convention* * * * * * *

UPDATE: The Sunday Mail. « Fred Klonsky

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The Sunday Mail. « Fred Klonsky: The Sunday Mail. SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 . *John Dillon’s Pension Vocabulary:* “Who’s on first?” The Springfield art of finger-pointing and double talk. *My old Atlanta buddy Jim Skillman wrote an op-ed piece for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.* They wouldn’t print it. He wrote that all freedom loving Washington Post editorial: Illinois Dems are a problem for the national party on the eve of the DNC. by Fred Klonsky The Washington Post editorial today: *The Democrats Pension Dilemma.* For the party of activist government, the competing interests of th... more »

Daily Kos: what health care and education have in common

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Daily Kos: what health care and education have in common: what health care and education have in common by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) is that neither can be addressed in isolation I am writing this as a result of watching Melissa Harris-Perry this morning, where she had a focus on issues of health care - an overall shortage of doctors, a specific shortage of primary care physicians, the costs of getting the necessary education versus the returns one can get (in certain practices), and problems of geographical distribution of physicians. But what also was mentioned is that much ... more »

The destructive power of “Education Reform” is spreading - Wait, What?

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The destructive power of “Education Reform” is spreading - Wait, What?: The destructive power of “Education Reform” is spreading by jonpelto *Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram newspaper leads with the headline, “*Special Report: The profit motive behind virtual schools in Maine.” The reporting is a stunning tribute to what reporters can do when they look past the spin and the fancy press releases and really start digging. It is also another shocking example about how public education is falling to the education reform industry. Change the location from Maine to Connecticut and the ter... more »

Guest blogger: “Do they think WE’RE idiots.” « Fred Klonsky

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Guest blogger: “Do they think WE’RE idiots.” « Fred Klonsky: Guest blogger: “Do they think WE’RE idiots.” by Fred Klonsky By guest blogger: MiC Shortly after a special session of the Illinois General Assembly ended a couple weeks ago, Representative Daniel Biss described the failure to enact pension “reform” by the politicians assembled in Springfield this way: *“We all look like idiots.”* This line, widely reported, pretty much summed up the view held prior to the special session of roughly 800,000 working and middle class Illinois public employees who keep us safe, care for our si... more »

C.O.R.E. video on Successful Chicago Strikes: Teachers set to walk out | Dailycensored.com

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C.O.R.E. video on Successful Chicago Strikes: Teachers set to walk out | Dailycensored.com: C.O.R.E. video on Successful Chicago Strikes: Teachers set to walk out by Danny Weil Produced by CORE (the Caucus of Rank and File Educators of the Chicago Teachers Union) and Chicago’s Labor Beat. Titled “CTU Strikes: 1968 – 1987″, the video was made during the summer of 2012 in conjunction with the four CORE “Successful Chicago Strikes” forums. It is now up and available on You Tube. The video contains interviews from retired Chicago Teachers Union members who participated in these... more »

American Rhetoric: Lyndon Baines Johnson -- "The Great Society"

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American Rhetoric: Lyndon Baines Johnson -- "The Great Society": A third place to build the Great Society is in the classrooms of America …We are still far from that goal. In many places, classrooms are overcrowded and curricula are outdated. Most of our qualified teachers are underpaid, and many of our paid teachers are unqualified. So we must give every child a place to sit and a teacher to learn from. Poverty must not be a bar to learning, and learning must offer an escape from poverty. Lyndon Baines Johnson *The Great Society* delivered 22 May 1964, Ann Arbor, MI Audio mp3 of... more »

Blue Collar

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Q & A: Chiefs of five school districts talk reform — and describe their biggest wish - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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Q & A: Chiefs of five school districts talk reform — and describe their biggest wish - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: Q & A: Chiefs of five school districts talk reform — and describe their biggest wish By Valerie Strauss With the new school year upon us, we asked a handful of superintendents of districts in the greater Washington area to answer six questions so we could get a better understanding of their vision and challenges. Th school district chiefs were asked to talk about teacher evaluation, class size, new initiatives and more, including the one thing they would do ... more »

FCAT, PARCC: High-stakes testing by any other name - Other Views - MiamiHerald.com

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FCAT, PARCC: High-stakes testing by any other name - Other Views - MiamiHerald.com: FCAT, PARCC: High-stakes testing by any other name BY KATHLEEN OROPEZAKATHLEENO@CFL.RR.COM Gov. Rick Scott and his advisors really need to get out more. If they were more clued in Scott would not be out there taking credit for stopping the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Here’s a newsflash: FCAT was always going away. Scott has nothing whatsoever to do with that. Gov. Charlie Crist implemented a plan to phase out the FCAT by 2014. The truth didn’t stop approval-hungry Scott from starring i...more »

Daily Kos: On "Hostile Rhetoric," Laziness, and the Education Debate

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Daily Kos: On "Hostile Rhetoric," Laziness, and the Education Debate: On "Hostile Rhetoric," Laziness, and the Education Debate byplthomasEdDFollow 3 PERMALINK1 COMMENT In the early 1980s, I was newly married, seeking my first teaching job, and necessarily living in my parents' home, which also housed my sister, her husband, and child. We were a pretty interesting extended family nestled in the Upstate of rural South Carolina. One night, I was suddenly startled awake by my sister ripping the screened door off its hinges as she shouted for me to wake up. After a blur of jumping ... more »

Morning UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-2-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] The Reason for Public Education by dianerav A reader explains why we maintain public schools. It is not about being college and career ready; it is not about global competition. It is this: *The reason for universal, free, and compulsory education is is simply this: the job requirements of a citizen in a democratic society are far and away more demanding than the job qualifications of a serf in a feudal society.* *The age of emancipation from compulsory education may vary with circumstances, but the reason ... more »

Bridgeport Election Tuesday: What Excel Bridgeport failed to point out - Wait, What?

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Bridgeport Election Tuesday: What Excel Bridgeport failed to point out - Wait, What?: Bridgeport Election Tuesday: What Excel Bridgeport failed to point out by jonpelto This Tuesday, September 4th, the voters of Bridgeport can finally go to the polls to select members of a democratically elected board of education. This new board will replace the illegal board of education that has been running Bridgeport’s school for more than a year. It is the illegal board that hired Paul Vallas and his entourage of outside consultants. Excel Bridgeport is the group that pushed for the state’s ... more »

School Tech Connect: Thoughts On The Strike Notice

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School Tech Connect: Thoughts On The Strike Notice: Thoughts On The Strike Notice by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) Two notes from Karen Lewis's press conference following the 10-day notice. 1. It's brilliant. It's both a concise summary of what's going on in the negotiations and of the larger picture of what's going on in the nation. This isn't some slick eduhucktster with a PowerPoint--- this is a chemistry teacher, laying out exactly what is happening, why it's happening, and how it all fits into the bigger picture. 2. The narrative of disruption that's going on the press is b... more »

Daily Kos: Nicholas Kristof takes on Republicans over abortion

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Daily Kos: Nicholas Kristof takes on Republicans over abortion: Nicholas Kristof takes on Republicans over abortion by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) Today in America, more than one-third of teens say that when they began having sex, they had not had any formal instruction about contraception. Is this really the time for a Republican Party platform denouncing comprehensive sex education?Some Americans don’t even seem to have had any sex education by the time they’re elected to Congress. Like Todd Akin. That is the conclusion of Nicholas Kristof's Sunday *New York Times* column, tit... more »

Yes, they cheat at Harvard, too - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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Yes, they cheat at Harvard, too - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: Yes, they cheat at Harvard, too By Valerie Strauss The scandal at Harvard University in which authorities are investigatingwhether nearly half of a class of 279 students cheated on a take-home final exam raises a number of questions, including this: Does everybody cheat? Dozens of Harvard University students are being investigated for cheating after school officials discovered evidence they may have wrongly shared answers or plagiarized on a final exam. (Elise Amendola - AP)At the moment, Harvard is dealing w... more »

"Yo Soy 132" Student Movement Protests Calderon Government in Mexico - Hispanically Speaking News

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"Yo Soy 132" Student Movement Protests Calderon Government in Mexico - Hispanically Speaking News: “Yo Soy 132” Student Movement Protests Calderon Government in Mexico [image: “Yo Soy 132” Student Movement Protests Calderon Government in Mexico]Hundreds of people demonstrated outside Mexico’s Congress Saturday against President Felipe Calderon, a protest coinciding with the presentation of his final state-of-the-nation report. Members of the Yo soy 132 student movement, which arose in May as a reaction to the Mexican mass media’s bias in favor of now-President-elect Enrique Peña Ni... more »

Democurmudgeon: We're a nation of American Suckers when it comes to Public School Bashing.

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Democurmudgeon: We're a nation of American Suckers when it comes to Public School Bashing.: We're a nation of American Suckers when it comes to Public School Bashing. by Democurmudgeon The rabid hatred of public schools by Republicans is spreading, thanks to the repetitive message and money spent on advertising “choice” and vilifying teachers. It’s called propaganda, and it works. Take a look at this right wing article pushing the latest results of a Gallup opinion poll on public schools. The public’s perception, surprise, is just the opposite of the truth. We really are turning i... more »

Bush, Levesque, ALEC and Their Corporate Bankrollers | Scathing Purple Musings

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Bush, Levesque, ALEC and Their Corporate Bankrollers | Scathing Purple Musings: Bush, Levesque, ALEC and Their Corporate Bankrollers by Bob Sikes See the rest of thus worthwhile read from Colin Woodard from the *Maine Sunday Telegraph*

Are Kids Really Motivated by Technology? (Bill Ferriter) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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Are Kids Really Motivated by Technology? (Bill Ferriter) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Are Kids Really Motivated by Technology? (Bill Ferriter) by larrycuban *Bill Ferriter (@plugusin) is a full-time elementary school teacher. He is also a Solution Tree author and presenter,a frequent blogger and a senior fellow in the Teacher Leaders Network. His commentary appeared in SmartBlogs on Education on August 17th, 2012* As a guy who delivers two-day edtech workshops during my breaks from full-time classroom teaching, I’m often asked the same questions again and... more »

More about Milk and Choice « Diane Ravitch's blog

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More about Milk and Choice « Diane Ravitch's blog: More about Milk and Choice from Diane Ravitch's blog by dianerav A teacher in New York City wrote to tell me that he worked in the dairy industry for many years before becoming a teacher. When he read about Jeb Bush touting the virtues of choosing schools the way we choose milk, he laughed. Did you know, he wrote, that a small number of big corporations control the dairy industry. No matter what label is on the carton, the odds are that you are buying from agri-business, not a small producer. There are really only

What Schools Can Learn From the World of Photography | Connected Principals

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What Schools Can Learn From the World of Photography | Connected Principals: What Schools Can Learn From the World of Photography by George Couros The best camera you have is the one with you. cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Nico Kaiser I have taken a big interest in visuals and photography as I have found some amazing photo sites on the web, as well as simply enjoying using apps such as Instagram (along with a large chunk of the world). Recently, I was struck by this quote: “(On digital photography) No wasted film, slides, or prints. And we are aware of this relationsh... more »

NYC Public School Parents: More dissimulation from Eva

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NYC Public School Parents: More dissimulation from Eva: More dissimulation from Eva by Leonie Haimson From Wikipedia: In 2010, according to Eva Moskowitz, she received around 13,000 applications for 69 teacher positions. In 2011, she said there were " *57,000 applications for 256 jobs*." (Sources: Rosato, Ken, host, *New York Viewpoint*,*July 25, 2010; *Phillips, Anna M., *High Teacher Turnover at a Success Network School*, in NYT*SchoolBook*, October 19, 2011) Yet from the below email it is clear that of yesterday, her schools *are still* looking for TFA teachers even afte

Diane in the Afternoon 9-1-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: Why Did We Forget About Integration? by dianerav A good discussion on NPR about an important issue that has been swept under the rug. The combination of racial segregation and poverty is toxic. Maybe Choosing Schools Is Like Choosing Toothpaste? by dianerav Deborah Meier writes to comment on Jeb Bush’s claim that choosing schools should be like choosing milk. Could have said cereal. There, two or three corporations own all the different brands. *Re Jeb Bush’s analogy—choosing schools is like choosing milk as you wander down the aisle. Among the * A New ...more »

Peg with Pen: Sitting Ducks in Suburbia

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Peg with Pen: Sitting Ducks in Suburbia: Sitting Ducks in Suburbia by Peggy I attended my son’s middle school Back to School Night this past week; you may recall that this is Sam’s first year in a public school. I especially enjoy these events because as a former public school teacher, I enjoy hearing teachers speak, I love being in their classrooms and I most definitely want to let them know I appreciate their talents, education, dedication and time spent working with our children. During my fifteen years of teaching my last five were spent teaching teachers and administrators ... more »

The Weekly Update: Rallies at the DNC, it’s all about the money for some folks and Michelle Rhee & ALEC – a marriage made in… | Seattle Education

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The Weekly Update: Rallies at the DNC, it’s all about the money for some folks and Michelle Rhee & ALEC – a marriage made in… | Seattle Education: The Weekly Update: Rallies at the DNC, it’s all about the money for some folks and Michelle Rhee & ALEC – a marriage made in… by seattleducation2011 *The Weekly Update for the news you might have missed* Check out their Facebook page. *Action Alert: Rally at the DNC!* Parents Across America founding member, Pamela Grundy, is one of the organizers of the following events that will occur in Charlotte, NC next week. To follow is the informat... more »

PAA’s Parent Online Toolkit for the WBD* movie and beyond « Parents Across America

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PAA’s Parent Online Toolkit for the WBD* movie and beyond « Parents Across America: PAA’s Parent Online Toolkit for the WBD* movie and beyond by pureparents Parents Across America is a network of **active parents doing the hard work of change in our public schools. We know that our schools need help. Knowing what to do is the problem. Knowing what works in improving schools is even more important. We know that most parents don’t want to close their schools or turn them into charters. They want to improve their local neighborhood public schools by stopping budget cuts, reducing cla... more »

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Global Learning: Helping to Prevent "The Ugly American" Stereotype!

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DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Global Learning: Helping to Prevent "The Ugly American" Stereotype!: Global Learning: Helping to Prevent "The Ugly American" Stereotype! by Lisa M "I have a nosy wife". My husband and I were sitting in the Windjammer Cafe on the Royal Carribean's Explorer of the Seas. And I was doing what I usually do when I am around a large number of people. In between conversing with my hubby, I listen to conversations taking place around me. So while eavesdropping,listening, I heard a conversation between a man, who was sitting with his son, and the

GOP Divided on ObamaCore | Truth in American Education

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GOP Divided on ObamaCore | Truth in American Education: GOP Divided on ObamaCore by Shane Vander Hart It is so good for EdWeek to point out that yes there is dissention in the ranks. Not all Republicans have bought into Governor Jeb Bush’s vision of education reform, as far as, national standards are concerned. On the one hand, there’s Jeb Bush, a key Romney surrogate and the former GOP governor of Florida. He points out that a majority of GOP governors have embraced the standards. And then you’ve got Gayle Ruzeicka, president of the Utah Eagle Forum, and a delegate to the Repub... more »

Jeb Bush ‘s Irrational and Potentially Catastrophic Exercise in Hubris | Scathing Purple Musings

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Jeb Bush ‘s Irrational and Potentially Catastrophic Exercise in Hubris | Scathing Purple Musings: Jeb Bush ‘s Irrational and Potentially Catastrophic Exercise in Hubris by Bob Sikes Jeb Bush’s predictable RNC performance centered on school choice with a dash of teacher union bash. The later, red meat for the GOP base; the former, code for vouchers with a lustful eye on total privatization of education. But Bush knows that his Florida test-based way is collapsing and he’s desperately trying to control the narrative with spin. He knows that for some republican voters, playing the uni... more »

THE “DISHONOR YOUR PROFESSION AWARD” « Teachers Fight Back

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THE “DISHONOR YOUR PROFESSION AWARD” « Teachers Fight Back: THE “DISHONOR YOUR PROFESSION AWARD” by alkleen *Next to the Broad Prize the Charter School Emmy and the * *DISHONOR YOUR PROFESSION AWARD **are most * *coveted prizes in all of Reformdumb* It’s time to create a new award. The “Dishonor Your Profession Award” will be given to teacher groups that agree to humiliating and degrading contracts. The first award recipient is the Libertyville and Vernon Hills high school teachers who after six months of negotiations have agreed to a pathetic contract. The teachers accepted a sala... more »

Stand in Solidarity with CTU: Action for the Week of 9/2/2012 | United Opt Out National

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Stand in Solidarity with CTU: Action for the Week of 9/2/2012 | United Opt Out National: Stand in Solidarity with CTU: Action for the Week of 9/2/2012 by admin *The Chicago Teachers Union stands up against the powers of fear, intimidation, coercion and oppression against the rights of children, teachers, parents and their communities. We support their courageous actions as they confront the education de/formers. CTU’s actions are a model for national action. CTU says “We have had enough!” And we agree with them. We hope more schools, teachers and communities will follow their lea... more »






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