Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Jersey Jazzman: Why Do Teachers Hate America?

Jersey Jazzman: Why Do Teachers Hate America?:


Why Do Teachers Hate America?

Our American Education Conversation
A Play in One Act
by Jersey Jazzman

(curtain opens)

TEACHER: "I'm tired of being blamed for so many of our society's problems! I'm tired of my union being called "thugs!" We teachers are doing a good job! Why does everyone think our unions and tenure are so bad? Those teachers who died in Newtown are heroes, and they belonged to unions, and the senior ones had tenure! They were career teachers who dedicated their lives to education; they literally gave their lives to their students!

"Most teachers are good people trying to do a hard job. Stop attacking us!"

REFORMYIST: "You're reprehensible! Why do you hate America?"

(lights down - curtain)

THE END

TEACHERS ORGANIZE TO CONFRONT LAUSD WITCH HUNT - Perdaily.com

TEACHERS ORGANIZE TO CONFRONT LAUSD WITCH HUNT - Perdaily.com:


TEACHERS ORGANIZE TO CONFRONT LAUSD WITCH HUNT

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(Mensaje se repite en Español)

There is an awareness that the war against teachers at the top of the salary scale, about to vest in lifetime health benefits, or who just stand up for high academic standards for all is not going to stop unless teachers and those who support them do something about it.

Since Miramonte, LAUSD has used this regrettable and avoidable event to defame teachers, while giving a pass to the administrators that turned a blind eye to this and other crimes that they allowed to take place as long as there was blind support for the LAUSD cult of power.

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School Tech Connect: Reading Between The Gun Control Lines

School Tech Connect: Reading Between The Gun Control Lines:


Reading Between The Gun Control Lines

When I was a young pup, I used to go to the NEA Representative Assemblies and wonder at why on earth the delegates would be arguing over positions related to all of these "outside" issues--- it frustrated me as a young person. I used to think that education was this thing that you could isolate, and that there was no need to vote about statements regarding poverty, women's rights, gun control, criminal justice, or whatever. Whatever the issue was, it seemed to me, sooner or later the NEA-RA would vote on it.

It all seemed so crazy lefty to me.  It all sounded like something the Rob Reiner character on The Archie Bunker Show would have come up with, and I couldn't stand that guy's mustache. It really bothered me. It still does, in fact.

Then time passed, and I grew up, and I started to see how everything plays out in the classroom and that while I might want to work in a vacuum, I don't. There's an entire speech that goes with this paragraph, but I'm sure you already can guess most of it.

So, I'm interested to see that Michele Rhee has chimed in on gun control. Go ahead, read the whole thing.

I'm pleased to say that I agree with her. I, too, am opposed to SB 59 in Michigan. However, the truth of the matter is that you really 

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Bigger, Better and Beyond the Book? | Truth in American Education

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Bigger, Better and Beyond the Book? | Truth in American Education: Bigger, Better and Beyond the Book? by Shane Vander Hart I was introduced to Dr. Rozlyn Linder’s blog today by a friend. She the K-12 District Literacy Specialist in Douglasville, GA and an avid advocate of the Common Core State Standards. Today she opined that those of us who are critics of the Common Core, in particular, the ELA standards are uninformed and we need to read the standards. She wrote: As a proponent of the critical analysis shift demanded by Common Core I regularly speak out about the divergence ... more »

Fight for the Soul of the Common Core Standards | The IDEA Blog

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Fight for the Soul of the Common Core Standards | The IDEA Blog: Fight for the Soul of the Common Core Standards Posted by Dana Bennis on Dec 18, 2012 - 06:15 AM ** * * * * *This is a guest blog post by Susan Sandler, who works at the Sandler Foundation and leads funding related to education policy as well as other areas. Previously, Susan spent 17 years working for racial justice in education as an organizational leader, policy advocate, researcher, professional development provider, school therapist, teacher, and activist. Susan is a member of the boards of directors for the Cen... more »

January 15, 2013 Screening Committee Notice - State Board of Education (CA Dept of Education)

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January 15, 2013 Screening Committee Notice - State Board of Education (CA Dept of Education): CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION1430 N Street, Suite 5111 Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: 916-319-0827 Fax: 916-319-0175 SBE Screening Committee Members Ilene Straus, Chair Carl Cohn, Member Bruce Holaday, Member Aida Molina, Member December 17, 2012 Meeting Notice: Screening Committee of the State Board of Education *Tuesday, January 15, 2013, commencing at 1:00 p.m.* State Board of Education Conference Room California State Board of Education Office 1430 “N” Street, Room 5111 Sacramento, C... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Asperger's Syndrome

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Asperger's Syndrome: Asperger's Syndrome by Melissa Westbrook The Newtown shooter was said to have Asperger's Syndrome which is on the spectrum of autism. These people are considered the high-functioning end of that spectrum (even as they face very real and distinct challenges.) One thing to make clear - Asperger's is NOT mental illness. It is a neurobiological condition. While some mental illness, like schziophrenia, does have a biological basis, Asperger's is not defined in that category. After saying that, based on my own personal experience... more »

Schools Matter: Education Reform, 1844

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Schools Matter: Education Reform, 1844: Education Reform, 1844 by Storm An audio recording of this excerpt from "New England Reformers" by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1844) read by Douglas Storm. The same insatiable criticism may be traced in the efforts for the reform of Education. The popular education has been taxed with a want of truth and nature. It was complained that an education to things was not given. We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation-rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, an... more »

Making Schools Safer in the Wake of Sandy Hook

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Making Schools Safer in the Wake of Sandy Hook: Making Schools Safer in the Wake of Sandy Hook by Sam ** As policymakers prepare to find the best way to respond to the tragedy in Newtown, educators and parents across the country are left to wonder – what can *we* do to make our schools safe? The lessons of Sandy Hook Elementary School can help us answer that question in two ways – one that is uncomfortable, and one that is essential. The uncomfortable truth of Sandy Hook is that there is nothing we can do to guarantee that our children are safe. Short of placing an iron dome over ou... more »

NEA and AFT: Let's Apply the Lessons of NCLB to the Common Core - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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NEA and AFT: Let's Apply the Lessons of NCLB to the Common Core - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: NEA and AFT: Let's Apply the Lessons of NCLB to the Common Core by Anthony Cody We learned this morning that: The two national teachers' unions have won $11 million to build an online warehouse of instructional tools for the Common Core State Standards. Student Achievement Partners, whose founders led the writing of the standards, is also a grantee. It will work with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association and their teachers to build t... more »

Schools Matter: With Common Core, "You start to see entire ecosystems of investment opportunity lining up…It could get really, really big."

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Schools Matter: With Common Core, "You start to see entire ecosystems of investment opportunity lining up…It could get really, really big." With Common Core, "You start to see entire ecosystems of investment opportunity lining up…It could get really, really big." by Jim Horn *How does the growth of charter schools depend upon the Rotten Common Core? See below.* *Thanks to Stan Karp:* * * *Latest Newark ‘performance report:’ blueprint for more closures/charters?* *A new report & presentation from Newark State District Supt. Cami Anderson may lay the groundwork for more school closi... more »

Daily Kos: Your rights end at the point of my nose

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Daily Kos: Your rights end at the point of my nose: Your rights end at the point of my nose by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) no rights are absolute. At some points the Constitution makes that clear - in the 5th (and 14th) Amendment you can be denied the most basic rights of life and liberty via due process of law. Rights are often in conflict. And because an assertion of an unlimited and unrestricted right on behalf of one party inevitably means the diminishment of the rights and liberty of another, all rights are restricted in some circumstances. The right to keep and bear arms... more »

Sorry Todd. Did I say “worst?” I meant “wurst.” « Fred Klonsky

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Sorry Todd. Did I say “worst?” I meant “wurst.” « Fred Klonsky: Sorry Todd. Did I say “worst?” I meant “wurst.” by Fred Klonsky [image: Wurst] *Fred,* *How in the world is this “one of the worst” pension bills? Bills in the past completely eliminate the COLA, transition the whole system to 401k’s, eliminate all health insurance, and ravage the system as a whole. This is the FIRST bill to take a progressive approach (in that people with smaller pensions face less of an impact), the first bill to place responsible limits on maximum pensions, and the first one to fully maintain heal... more »

No More Petitions! | Taking Note

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No More Petitions! | Taking Note: No More Petitions! by JOHN MERROW on 18. DEC, 2012 in 2012 BLOGS *John is currently attempting to raise money to complete a documentary film about the rise of the charter school in New Orleans. If you’d like to help him with this goal, please visit this site.* ------------------------------ Like December 7, 1941 or September 11, Friday, December 14, 2012 is a day that will now live in infamy. The awful images are seared into our brains: A young man in combat fatigues approaching Sandy Hook Elementary School carrying an assault weapon, breaking in an... more »

Diane in the Afternoon 12-18-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: Breaking News: Governor Snyder Vetoes Bill to Allow Guns in Schools by dianerav Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan vetoed a bill that would have allowed guns in schools. His reason was that the bill did not have a provision allowing schools to opt out if they didn’t want guns in their buildings. Presumably the next legislature, if so inclined, could make that fix. Let’s hope not. Guns don’t belong in Katie Osgood Comments on the Twitter Debate by dianerav There has been a raging Twitter debate about whether my post “Hero Teachers of Newtown” disrespected Te... more »

Twisted Truths & Dubious Policies: Comments on the NJDOE/Cerf School Funding Report « School Finance 101

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Twisted Truths & Dubious Policies: Comments on the NJDOE/Cerf School Funding Report « School Finance 101: Twisted Truths & Dubious Policies: Comments on the NJDOE/Cerf School Funding Report by schoolfinance101 [image: Slide1] Yesterday, we were blessed with the release of yet another manifesto (as reported here on NJ Spotlight) from what has become the New Jersey Department of Reformy Propaganda. To be fair, it has become increasingly clear of late, that this is simply the new model for State Education Agencies (see NYSED Propaganda Here), with the current US Dept of Education ... more »

SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources

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SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources: RTTT fund, I3 grants among those targeted for federal audits Federal auditors will focus attention in 2013 on selected recipients of grants issued under the Race to the Top competition, Vocational Rehabilitation State Grant Program and the Investing in Innovation fund. Federal auditors will focus attention in 2013 on selected recipients of grants issued under the Race to the Top competition, Vocational Rehabilitation State Grant Program and the Investing in Innovation fund. In its semiannual report to Congress, the Office of the Inspector G... more »

Schools Matter: The Mental Health Issue Not Being Discussed: Doping of Children and Young Adults

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Schools Matter: The Mental Health Issue Not Being Discussed: Doping of Children and Young Adults: The Mental Health Issue Not Being Discussed: Doping of Children and Young Adults by Jim Horn With Fox News now fronting for the NRA's misleaders on the horrific child killing in CT, we can expect to see a new push to identify any child that may be suspected as problematic and to "treat" them with prescription drugs. In fact, Dr. Nancy was on NBC News last evening talking about the lack of mental health care. Indeed. What Dr. Nancy did not mention is that most of the young shooter... more »

Part 4: High Stakes Testing: The Consequences | Seattle Education

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Part 4: High Stakes Testing: The Consequences | Seattle Education: Part 4: High Stakes Testing: The Consequences by seattleducation2011 [image: testing3] There is the narrowing of focus to math and reading and less focus on history, social studies, the arts, foreign languages, writing, physical education, or developing research and critical thinking skills. The emphasis on test scores precludes looking more carefully at the cause of low test scores which include poverty, health and family issues as well as the effect of the economic downturn on children and their families. Teachers ... more »

UPDATE: Seattle Schools Community Forum: End of the Honeymoon, Start of the Plan?

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: End of the Honeymoon, Start of the Plan?: District Focus for Next Year by Melissa Westbrook From Superintendent Banda's Office: *As we head into the winter break, I want to take a moment to thank you all for your hard work and dedication. In the six months since I’ve been here, I’ve been proud to work alongside you. We have much to be thankful for at Seattle Public Schools – our enrollment is growing, our graduation rate has increased and our students are showing improved academic achievement.* *I’m grateful for the time staff has spent helping me ... more »

Shanker Blog » The Sensitive Task Of Sorting Value-Added Scores

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Shanker Blog » The Sensitive Task Of Sorting Value-Added Scores: The Sensitive Task Of Sorting Value-Added Scores by Matthew Di Carlo The New Teacher Project’s (TNTP) recent report on teacher retention, called “The Irreplaceables,” garnered quite a bit of media attention. In a discussion of this report, I argued, among other things, that the label “irreplaceable” is a highly exaggerated way of describing their definitions, which, by the way, varied between the five districts included in the analysis. In general, TNTP’s definitions are better-described as “probably above average i... more »

Teachers are heroes; politicians have blood-drenched hands - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

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Teachers are heroes; politicians have blood-drenched hands - Opinion - Al Jazeera English: Teachers are heroes; politicians have blood-drenched hands The heroism of teachers sacrificing themselves to save young lives contrasts dramatically with the political system. Last Modified: 17 Dec 2012 14:26 inShare1 [image: Email Article] Email [image: Print Article] Print [image: Share article] Share [image: Send Feedback] Feedback [image: Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker] On Dec 14, 27 people - including 20 children - were killed when Adam Lanza opened fire at an elementary school [EPA] ... more »

Another faux pro-public education group targets Connecticut - Wait, What?

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Another faux pro-public education group targets Connecticut - Wait, What?: Another faux pro-public education group targets Connecticut by jonpelto It started with Achievement First, Inc., the charter school management company co-founded by Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor. Then came the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN), the Connecticut Coalition for Advocacy Now, (ConnAD), Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst (calling itself the Great New England Public School Alliance, GNEPSA) and Students for Education Reform (SFER, an off-shoot of 50-CAN, which, in turn, grew ... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: 12/16 49ers 41 - 34 Patriots ‎-Recap‎-Box Score Education Headlines *Tuesday, December 18, 2012* San Diego police to get extra eye on schoolsSan Diego police will soon be able to monitor live streaming video from 70 of the city’s roughly 200 campuses, an added measure of security in the wake of Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Sacramento's two Aspire charter schools to stay open with San Juan Unified's blessingThe Aspire Alexander Twilight College Preparatory Academy and Aspire Alexander Twilight Secondary Academy will... more »

Singing Songs of Joy and Peace - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher

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Singing Songs of Joy and Peace - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: Singing Songs of Joy and Peace by Nancy Flanagan *This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.* Leonard Bernstein I woke up this morning to the sound of gunshots. Not the terrible gunshots haunting my nightmares lately--the actual resonant booms of hunting rifles, nearby. Firearms deer season--when we heard continuous shooting, dawn to dusk--is over. It's ruffled grouse season, and anyone with a valid MI license can hunt rabb... more »

Living Through Loss | Maria Shriver | The Open Field Network

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Living Through Loss | Maria Shriver | The Open Field Network: Living Through Loss By Maria Shriver I appeared on the TODAY Show this morning to talk about loss and grief in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy There are millions of people who woke up today with their own private grief and who are living through some kind of painful and personal loss -- whether it's the loss of a loved one, the loss of a livelihood or the loss of an entire way of life. Isn't it true that we're *all* grieving in some way or anothe... more »

A Connecticut parent’s letter to President Obama | Parents Across America

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A Connecticut parent’s letter to President Obama | Parents Across America: A Connecticut parent’s letter to President Obama by pureparents Parents Across America grieves with the community of Newtown, Connecticut over the loss of their precious children and educators. The following letter, sent yesterday to President Obama from the founder of Parents Across America-CT, expresses some aspects of what many of our members are feeling at this difficult time. Hon. President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: As a public ... more »

NYC Public School Parents: Juan Pagan: Warning to NYC mayoral candidates about the personal damage done by closing schools

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NYC Public School Parents: Juan Pagan: Warning to NYC mayoral candidates about the personal damage done by closing schools: Juan Pagan: Warning to NYC mayoral candidates about the personal damage done by closing schools by Leonie Haimson *A few weeks ago, there was an education rally at Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church, in whichspeaker after speaker explained why the next mayor MUST take a different direction and stop the juggernaut of school closings, co-locations, and budget cuts that are laying waste to the education of our 1.1 million public schoolchildren. But the mos... more »

New Political Terrain Holds Promise for California Schools | California Progress Report

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New Political Terrain Holds Promise for California Schools | California Progress Report: New Political Terrain Holds Promise for California Schools Posted on 18 December 2012 [image: Printer-friendly version]Printer-friendly version[image: Send by email]Send by email *By Lisa Schiff* My daughter came home from school the other day frustrated and angry. She had been excited the evening before because she'd learned that having finished *The Odyssey* her ninth-grade English class was now going to tackle *Beowolf*. We discussed the different translations and decided to compare the vers... more »

What's Wrong With Standardized Tests? Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública:

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Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública: What's Wrong With Standardized Tests?: What's Wrong With Standardized Tests? by Black Educator Common Core Assessments: More Tests, But Not Much Better Submitted by fairtest on September 10, 2012 *Under No Child Left Behind, states set standards and developed assessments. NCLB’s failure to spur achievement or close achievement gaps led to unproven claims that national or “common” standards were the missing piece of the education puzzle. With millions in federal Race to the Top money and NCLB “waivers” as incentives, ... more »

Modern School: Green Cards For Sale For Union-Busters

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Modern School: Green Cards For Sale For Union-Busters: Green Cards For Sale For Union-Busters by Michael Dunn Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons While non-profits and student fundraising groups help build schools in poor communities in Africa and Latin America, wealthy investors from China, Nigeria and other nations are spending tens of millions of dollars to build superfluous school classrooms, libraries and gyms for U.S. charter schools. Under the federal EB-5 program, wealthy foreigners can effectively purchase U.S. immigration visas for themselves and their families if they invest at... more »

What to Do About School Shootings - Bridging Differences - Education Week

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What to Do About School Shootings - Bridging Differences - Education Week: What To Do About School Shootings by Pedro Noguera Dear Deborah, Like you and most people throughout the country, I am overwhelmed with sorrow over the shootings that occurred in Newtown, Conn., last Friday. Given the enormity of what has occurred I can't think of anything more important to write about now. After a tragedy of this magnitude the questions we are all now pondering are: Why did this happen, and what can be done to prevent something like this from occurring again? Our deep fear of course is tha... more »

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 12-18-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] The Privatizing of San Antonio Schools by dianerav A big foundation in Texas is creating a $50 million fund to open 145 new charters for 80,000 children in San Antonio. The city already has one-quarter of its students in charters. One of the chains likeliest to grow there are Great Hearts, BASIS, KIPP, AND IDEA. It seems that the goal is to create a privatized system of schools in San Antonio, with whatever public schools remain enrolling the kids the charters don’t want. Teachers Are First Responders by ... more »

Bias in Texas Growth Measure and Implications for Austin and IDEA Charter « A "Fuller" Look at Education Issues

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Bias in Texas Growth Measure and Implications for Austin and IDEA Charter « A "Fuller" Look at Education Issues: Bias in Texas Growth Measure and Implications for Austin and IDEA Charter by Dr. Ed Fuller One of the often over-looked factors that influence achievement are peer effects. There is a growing body of literature that concludes peer effects have fairly substantial effects on individual achievement. However, it is incredibly difficult to disentangle peer effects from all the other factors influencing student achievement. (1) The preponderance of the research is pretty cle... more »

UPDATE: Should students evaluate teachers? The best and worst in education

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Should students evaluate teachers?: Should students evaluate teachers? Posted by Valerie Strauss on December 18, 2012 at 4:00 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » First it became something of a national obsession for teachers to be judged by standardized test scores. Now increasingly we hear about students helping to evaluate teachers for purposes that include pay and effectiveness ratings. Is this a good idea? Larry Cuban looks into it. Cuban was superintendent for seven years, a former high s... more »

The Threshold of Revelation | toteachornototeach

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The Threshold of Revelation | toteachornototeach: The Threshold of Revelation by aristotlethewise The Threshold of Revelation [image: beatbreakersi_jc_093] by Christian Clarke I teach English at the Bronx Academy of Letters. It’s a small school and I’ve been there for eight years. When I arrived the school was just two years old, a colt still getting its legs. But what a colt it was! Unlike the aging, sclerotic East New York middle schools where I began my career, Bronx Letters had inspiring leadership and young, bright teachers. It offered a sense of hope and was a place where dedi... more »

A Charter School Teacher Takes on the Boston Globe | EduShyster

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A Charter School Teacher Takes on the Boston Globe | EduShyster: A Charter School Teacher Takes on the Boston Globe by edushyster2012 By Nancy L. Bloom *Boston Globe* columnist Scot Lehigh is right about one thing. His ideas about education really do make me uncomfortable—and it’s not just because I’m a staunch supporter of teacher unions. His recent assertion that Massachusetts should lift the cap on charter schools in order to save the children who live in poor, urban (that means black) neighborhoods by providing longer school days and years is simply faulty. Here’s a question for... more »

Districts face questions in spending long-term bonds for short-lived technology | EdSource Today

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Districts face questions in spending long-term bonds for short-lived technology | EdSource Today: Districts face questions in spending long-term bonds for short-lived technology ** December 17th, 2012 | Add a Comment | By John Fensterwald Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on google_plusone More Sharing Services [image: Photo by Mary Woodard] Photo by Mary Woodard Is it legal to buy personal computers for students using school construction bonds? And if it’s legal, is it wise to pay interest long-term on devices with a short shelf life? Last month, the Bond Oversig... more »

Ed Notes Online: Rhee's Smoking Gun: Silent On Michigan Bill Allowing Concealed Weapons Carry In Schools

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Ed Notes Online: Rhee's Smoking Gun: Silent On Michigan Bill Allowing Concealed Weapons Carry In Schools: Rhee's Smoking Gun: Silent On Michigan Bill Allowing Concealed Weapons Carry In Schools by ed notes online From South Bronx School...as most legislators Student First endorsed voted for it. *Asked whether that means the group supports or opposes the concealed-carry expansion, [StudentsFirst spokesperson Ileana] Wachtel said, "We're focused on education reform policies. That's what we do."* Students first indeed. One group that has taken no position on the legislation is Stude... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Post Sandy Hook: Did GOP win the election after all?

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Post Sandy Hook: Did GOP win the election after all?: Post Sandy Hook: Did GOP win the election after all? by Mike Klonsky Beautiful speech, then more concessions on health care, taxes.If you thought that the reaction to the Sandy Hook school shootings would provide impetus for more mental heath care resources, think again. Following the *Pres. Obama'*s beautiful speech in Newton, he went and met with *Boehner *and offered the Republicans a deal sweetener on the mythical "fiscal cliff" that would cut $400 billion from federal health care programs, in... more »

UPDATE: Schools Matter: NEA, AFT should be helping us resist, not comply with, the common core

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Schools Matter: NEA, AFT should be helping us resist, not comply with, the common core: NEA, AFT should be helping us resist, not comply with, the common core by skrashen My comment on: “NEA, AFT Partner To Build Common-Core Tools,” (Education Week, Dec 17). From the article: The two national teachers' unions have won $11 million to build an online warehouse of instructional tools for the Common Core State Standards. Student Achievement Partners, whose founders led the writing of the standards, is also a grantee. It will work with the American Federation of Teachers and the Nati... more »

Jersey Jazzman: "It's Politicizing If You Disagree With Me!"

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: "It's Politicizing If You Disagree With Me!": "It's Politicizing If You Disagree With Me!" by Duke David Rosenberg of Teach For America is quite possibly the worst person in the world. This image from Rosenberg's Twitter feed comes via Kenzo Shibata on Facebook: Notice that our boy Dave doesn't actually explain *why* he's got a problem with Diane's piece: its just obviously "reprehensible." Ezra Klein, who I've had issues with before, describes the above phenomenon very well: When we first collected much of this data, it was after the Aurora, Colo. shootings, and... more »

State Schools Chief, Other Education Leaders Write President on School Safety

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Here Browser Title - California Teachers Association: State Schools Chief, Other Education Leaders Write President on School Safety *CONTACT: Paul Hefner - 916-319-0818* SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, joined by key education leaders in California, today sent the following letter to President Obama in the wake of last week’s deadly school shootings in Connecticut. December 17, 2012 The President The White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: Education leaders across California—home to more than 6 million schoolchildren—share your and t... more »

State Schools Chief, Other Education Leaders Write President on School Safety

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Here Browser Title - California Teachers Association: State Schools Chief, Other Education Leaders Write President on School Safety *CONTACT: Paul Hefner - 916-319-0818* * ** * SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, joined by key education leaders in California, today sent the following letter to President Obama in the wake of last week’s deadly school shootings in Connecticut. December 17, 2012 The President The White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: Education leaders across California—home to more than 6 million schoolchildren—share you... more »

Oakland Tribune editorial: Solution to mass shootings must become priority - Inside Bay Area

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Oakland Tribune editorial: Solution to mass shootings must become priority - Inside Bay Area: Oakland Tribune editorial: Solution to mass shootings must become priority Oakland Tribune editorial © Copyright 2012, Bay Area News Group Posted: 12/17/2012 12:53:41 PM PST Updated: 12/17/2012 01:33:40 PM PST Columbine; Virginia Tech; Fort Hood; Lakewood, Wash.; Tuscon; Oikos University in Oakland; Aurora, Colo; Oak Creek, Wisc.; Clackamas Town Center Mall near Portland; and, now, Newtown, Conn. These are but a few of the places that have become synonymous with grotesque gun violence s... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Walton's fueling of charter school operators -- the Mexico connection

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Schooling in the Ownership Society: Walton's fueling of charter school operators -- the Mexico connection: Walton's fueling of charter school operators -- the Mexico connection by Mike Klonsky A view of Wal-Mart’s distribution center north of Mexico City, in the municipality of Cuautitlán Izcalli. With a combined fortune of more than $90 billion, the Waltons–the immediate heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton–are the richest family in the world. Wal-Mart became the nation’s largest private employer and as the Nation's Lisa Featherstone calls them, "a flytrap for much-deserved critic... more »

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: 12 Days of Christmas: Teacher's Edition!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: 12 Days of Christmas: Teacher's Edition!: 12 Days of Christmas: Teacher's Edition! This is sung to the tune of " The Twelve Days of Christmas." ** *O**n the** f**irst da**y of **Christmas* My principal gave to me A classroom and my very own key *On the second day of Christmas* My principal gave to me 2 lesson planners And a classroom with my very own key *On the third day of Christmas* My principal gave to me

WHAT CAN BE DONE ? « Teachers Fight Back

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
WHAT CAN BE DONE ? « Teachers Fight Back: WHAT CAN BE DONE ? by alkleen I find it amazing that so many people are just throwing up their hands and saying it’s impossible to make sure all our schools are secure at all times. It’s impossible only if you find that it would be too expensive. There are many ways that schools could be made secure and Connecticut type attacks could be prevented. We have soldiers in over 150 countries in the world. We have 47,000 in Germany alone. What are they doing there ? Waiting for the Cold War to end ? We have 500,000 National Guard soldiers. I wo... more »

The Monday After Newtown « Cooperative Catalyst

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
The Monday After Newtown « Cooperative Catalyst: The Monday After Newtown by Paula White [image: SIGN the Sandy Hook Elementary School National Sympathy Card | causes.com] I really hate coming to school the first day after a school incident somewhere else. No one ever knows whether it will be a biggie to our kids or not, so we have to prepare and really think through how to support our kiddos. I don’t mind that, in fact, I want to be prepared and appreciate all that folks offer to help me get better at supporting kids–it’s more the worry that is the hassle for me. So on Monday... more »

California urges public schools to review security protocols | News - KCRA Home

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
California urges public schools to review security protocols | News - KCRA Home: [image: Mike Luery] By Mike Luery California urges public schools to review security protocolsState schools chief wants schools to be alert and prepared Tom Torlakson says he believes public schools in California are safe, but he wants to make sure schools are reviewing their plans. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) — California's school chief Tom Torlakson said Monday he believes public schools in California are safe, but he wants to make sure schools are reviewing their security plans to learn from the trag... more »

Our teachers, the troops at home Parents United for Responsible Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Our teachers, the troops at home: Our teachers, the troops at home by admin One of the many tragedies of the Vietnam War was the way that many soldiers were treated (or not treated) when they returned home. A nation that had been celebrating Veterans Day every 11-11-11 and mourning together every Memorial Day was largely unable to separate the Vietnam War soldier from the national anguish over the war itself. There wasn’t a New York ticker tape parade for Vietnam vets until 1985, more than a decade after the war ended. It wa... more »

NYC Educator: Rhee Rheedux

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
NYC Educator: Rhee Rheedux: Rhee Rheedux by NYC Educator Hi, I'm Michelle Rhee. At a time like this, I think it's only fit we redouble my efforts to ensure our reforms reach every student in these United States. After all, people as wealthy as Broad, Gates, and the Walmarts are paying good money for these reforms, and if they weren't very, very smart, why would they have all that money? Of course every student deserves a good teacher, and the only way to determine whether or not the teacher is good is by the test scores of students. Here at Students First, we don't believe in all ... more »

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. Mao Tse-Tung | Fox News

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Victims in Connecticut school shooting | Fox News: Victims in Connecticut school shooting Authorities have released the names of the 26 victims killed when a gunman opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school. Browse Slideshows Next SlidePreviousImage 1 of 24 Previous SlideNext Slide - - - - - - - - Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/slideshow/2012/12/15/victims-in-connecticut-school-shooting/?intcmp=related#slide=1#ixzz2FLxMDHcY

UPDATE: Seattle Schools Community Forum: What to Apply to Be On the Charter Commission?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: What to Apply to Be On the Charter Commission?: What to Apply to Be On the Charter Commission? by Melissa Westbrook Here's how via the three possibilities - Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House. Each office gets to pick three Charter Commission members. *Governor * Governor Gregoire's office is taking the applications via their regular commissions form. They are then going to pass them along to Governor-elect Inslee's office and he will make the decisions. I was told both offices have received calls of interest about applying. *Lt.... more »








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