Monday, December 31, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR - All You Need is Love


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Love, Love, Love.
Love, Love, Love.
Love, Love, Love.

There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game.
It's easy.

Nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time.
It's easy.

All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.

All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.

Nothing you can know that isn't known.
Nothing you can see that isn't shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.
It's easy.

All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.

All you need is love (All together, now!)
All you need is love. (Everybody!)
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need (love is all you need)
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(love is all you need) Yesterday (love is all you need)
(love is all you need) (love is all you need)

Yee-hai!
Oh yeah!
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Ohhh, Sometimes, I Get A Good Feeling. [Get A Feeling That I Never Ever Ever Had Before, No] | The Jose Vilson

Ohhh, Sometimes, I Get A Good Feeling. [Get A Feeling That I Never Ever Ever Had Before, No] | The Jose Vilson:


Ohhh, Sometimes, I Get A Good Feeling. [Get A Feeling That I Never Ever Ever Had Before, No]



IMAG0295On the first day of 2012, I waited for the birth of my son, Alejandro. We tried everything to hasten the process: long walks, hot spicy foods, and … well, I’d rather not say here. Just know that he knew his parents loved each other very much. I had already prepared my vocals for the long nights singing him to sleep, and my body for a serious lack of sleep. Yet, nothing would prepare me for Three Kings Day, the actual last day of Christmas. No frankincense, no gold, no myrrh. Just an Epiphany that I had to live for a whole ‘nother person. So I had to become a better me.
In the earlier winter, the funniest commercial (and possibly creepiest) of the year played while I changed my son’s poopy diaper (Eww. Seriously? So gross.) The New York Giants won the championship in front of his 

Wisconsin 2012. Blue cheddar memories. : blue cheddar

Wisconsin 2012. Blue cheddar memories. : blue cheddar:


Wisconsin 2012. Blue cheddar memories.

Wisconsin politics from the last two years may be like childbirth for you: necessary for life but please – spare the details. If you’re not too squeamish to reflect on the highlights and lowlights, then welcome to a very non-comprehensive retrospective on the dirt kicked up by GOP, Koch, and Walker Incorporated and kicked back by the hearty citizens of Wisconsin. There’s no shortage of political drama in the dairy state, and thankfully, there’s now an overabundance of bloggers ready to document it. So I’ll be spending more time on another cool Wisconsin project in the year to come. Watch this space for more details. Well wishes to you and yours in the new year. May your ice always clink, may your beer stay fresh and local, and may your fellow Badgers remain ever fierce. - blue cheddar January 2 Watch the Rose Parade Occupation Online Monday Jan 2nd There was a 70 ft. octopus at the end of the parade made of recycled plastic bags and carried aloft by at least 40 occupy activists. I was pretty stoked about it. January 4 Court orders Wisconsin GOP to come clean on redistricting documents A three judge panel ordered attorneys hired more »

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 12-31-2012 #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



OCCUPY EDUCATION - Scholarslip: A documentary about the student debt...

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OCCUPY EDUCATION - Scholarslip: A documentary about the student debt...: Scholarslip: A documentary about the student debt crisis (by... Popout Scholarslip: A documentary about the student debt crisis (by JAT3productions ) Many Occupy Education followers make cameos in this film! Share with your networks! Important film!

Lincoln, Obama & The Importance Of Compromise | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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Lincoln, Obama & The Importance Of Compromise | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…: Lincoln, Obama & The Importance Of Compromise by Larry Ferlazzo I’ve written a lot about the importance of being willing to compromise. In fact, you might be interested in my previous post, The Best Posts & Articles About Compromise. My interest comes out of my nineteen year career as a community organizer prior to becoming a teacher, and you can find more information about that history and perspective in that “The Best…” list. I’ve just returned from seeing the movie Lincoln, and — for me — the... more »

Wait, What? It’s December 31, 2012? - Wait, What?

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Wait, What? It’s December 31, 2012? - Wait, What?: Wait, What? It’s December 31, 2012? by jonpelto “Every New Year is the direct Descendant, isn’t it, of a long line of proven criminals? – Ogden Nash (1902-1971) Maybe it is me, but I am never quite sure what Ogden Nash was referring to half the time. That said, here we are; at the end to another year… and it’s time to post an observation (with apologies for any typos). Following the unimaginable horror and despair that enveloped us the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre, it remains difficult to know how to move forwar... more »

Four Resolutions from Pedagogy of the Oppressed « Cooperative Catalyst

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Four Resolutions from Pedagogy of the Oppressed « Cooperative Catalyst: Four Resolutions from Pedagogy of the Oppressed by robinclane Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed has been on my book list for years, and I finally got around to reading it a few weeks ago. It is chock full of lessons for my teaching in 2013, and I thought I’d share four of the most important ones with you all. *ONE: Radical education takes place in communities, with students, not for them.* *“Education must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contr... more »

Continuing Change

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Continuing Change: One Florida Teacher Rants - End the Stupidity. by gatorbonbc Reblogged from Continuing Change: [image: Click to visit the original post] - [image: Click to visit the original post] - [image: Click to visit the original post] - [image: Click to visit the original post] Yep. I teach all year for Tuesday’s Florida FCAT Writes Test. I have about 150 eighth graders and over 90 percent must pass for my school to qualify for an A.

All of 2012 in One 4-Minute Video - Entertainment - The Atlantic Wire

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All of 2012 in One 4-Minute Video - Entertainment - The Atlantic Wire: All of 2012 in One 4-Minute Video by Alexander Abad-Santos We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: Filmmaker Ryan James Yezak boiled down the biggest stories of 2012 into four minutes. And, yes, Honey Boo Boo made it in there: Popout So, raise your hand if you k... more »

Presidential Proclamation -- 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation | The White House

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Presidential Proclamation -- 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation | The White House: Presidential Proclamation -- 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION *I'm Lovin' It* BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION On December 31, 1862, our Nation marked the end of another year of civil war. At Shiloh and Seven Pines, Harpers Ferry and Antietam, brother had fought against brother. Sister had fought against sister. Blood and bitterness had deepened the divide that separated North from So... more »

Ed Notes Online: Why Police Don't Belong in the Schools Except in the Most Extreme Cases

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Ed Notes Online: Why Police Don't Belong in the Schools Except in the Most Extreme Cases: Why Police Don't Belong in the Schools Except in the Most Extreme Cases by ed notes online ICE took an early stand from its first days in late 2003-4 on police in the schools during the UFT elections that year. Here Loretta Prisco, a founding member, in addition to being part of the groups I belonged to in the 70s -- Another View in District 14 and Coalition of NYC School Workers --- make a point, followed by the ICE official position in the 2004 election. I hear voices saying MORE should not ... more »

Top Five Success Stories of 2012 | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

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Top Five Success Stories of 2012 | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: Top Five Success Stories of 2012 by Tarsi Dunlop To close out the 2012 calendar year, the Learning First Alliance is pleased to bring you the five most viewed success stories from our collection of more than 160 stories housed on our site. Criteria for inclusion is relatively straight forward – the story must show that a school, district or state identified a challenge, addressed it and produced positive results through their efforts. These results are measured in a variety of ways, from increa... more »

Consejos para solicitar FAFSA - Univision Vida y Familia

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Consejos para solicitar FAFSA - Univision Vida y Familia: Consejos para solicitar FAFSA Univision.com | Fecha: 12/31/2012 - Imprimir - A+ A- - - - - - Enviar Llenar la forma de FAFSA es fácil: A partir de enero Te damos consejos para llenar la forma de FAFSA. Ahora es más fácil y puedes encontrar la información es español. 05/26/11 | 03:28Disponible hasta 08/01/12 Univision Enlaces Relacionados ¡Sueña en grande! Únete a College Week Live y a Univision, y paga por la universidad [image: ¿Cómo evitar salir de la universidad con deudas impagables?] VIDEO: ¿Có... more »

School Tech Connect: Fun With Voters

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School Tech Connect: Fun With Voters: Fun With Voters by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) I got nothin' today. I'm going to run this New Left Media short from back during the election, in case you missed it. I'm not sure if I even ran it before, but I saw it again last night and decided once again that these guys are geniuses. Popout In my mind, this video is the only compelling argument against an elected, representative school board in Chicago. Even so, I'm going to keep working for one.

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Five Favorite Posts of 2012! Happy New Year!

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DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Five Favorite Posts of 2012! Happy New Year!: Five Favorite Posts of 2012! Happy New Year! *This is my 2nd year of Diary of a Public School Teacher! Yeah!(First on Wordpress, now Blogger)* *And to think when I first started blogging I wondered whether I would have enough to write about. :)* *Thank you for joining me on this journey.* *I have shared a lot, learned a lot, and met a lot of great people!* *Please follow me into 2013, and I gladly welcome any new travelers!* * ** * *What year is not complete without the "Top of 2012"?* *So, here ar... more »

Recess 'Crucial' for Kids, AAP Policy Statement Says - ABC News

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Recess 'Crucial' for Kids, AAP Policy Statement Says - ABC News: Recess 'Crucial' for Kids, Pediatricians' Group Says By DAN CHILDS (@DanChildsABC) , ABC News Medical Unit [image: PHOTO: Schoolchildren at recess] Dec. 31, 2012 Kids aren't getting enough recess at school, the country's top pediatricians' group said in a new policy statement released Monday. The statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics is the latest salvo in the long-running debate over how much of a young child's time at school should be devoted to academics -- and how much should go to free, unstructured p... more »

Top Five Moments on Teaching High School Feminism in 2012 « Feminist Teacher

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Top Five Moments on Teaching High School Feminism in 2012 « Feminist Teacher: Top Five Moments on Teaching High School Feminism in 2012 by feministteacher [image: My national television debut on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show (photo credit: Cheryl Coward).] My national television debut on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show (photo credit: Cheryl Coward). *2012 was a fantastic year for me as a feminist teacher, activist, and blogger. Take a look at my top five moments this year. * 1. Appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show to talk about teaching women’s studies to high school stude... more »

Diane in the Evening 12-31-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog Noa Rosinplotz Speaks for Herself! by dianerav Earlier today, I published an essay about testing (“The Voice of a Data-Point”) by a sixth-grade student, Noa Rosinplotz. Her story was so thoughtful and well-written that some commenters could not believe it was written by a sixth grade student. I emailed Noa and asked her to read the comments and respond. This is what she wrote: “This is Noa, original writer of the letter. I’m responding to all the comments that I’m not actually in sixth grade or that someone else wrote my letter for me. While my mom did read w... more »

DFER: BRAGGING ABOUT STEALING OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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[image: DFER Fake Democrats for Education Privatization (click on Picture)] IT IS A RULE: YOU CAN'T BE AGAINST PEOPLE AND FOR CORPORATIONS AND CALL YOURSELF A DEMOCRAT...EVER! In 2012, we worked with some amazing privatizers nationwide to: *-- Elect* more than 100 reform-friendly candidates to office, including 22 of 30 priority races on our "hot list." *-- Lead* the successful WA state ballot initiative which allows for the creation of charter schools. *-- Lead* the historic, bi-partisan push to reform teacher tenure policies in NJ *-- Lead* the coalition to compel school distric... more »

Education stories that resonated in 2012 — and will matter in 2013

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Education stories that resonated in 2012 — and will matter in 2013: *Education stories that resonated in 2012 — and will matter in 2013* Posted by Valerie Strauss on December 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » An undated photo of a shadowy shape that some people say is the Loch Ness monster. (AP) Here’s a baker’s dozen of posts, in no particular order, that generated great interest among readers and help tell the story of public education in 2012. Many of the subjects are cer... more »

2012: The Year in Review, Education and Beyond - Dana Goldstein

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2012: The Year in Review, Education and Beyond - Dana Goldstein: 2012: The Year in Review, Education and Beyond by Dana Goldstein *Education story of the year*: *The Chicago teachers' strike*. American teacher unionism was founded in Chicago in the late 1890s, as female, largely Catholic elementary school teachers resisted centralization policies--standardized testing, a uniform curriculum, numeric teacher evaluations--pursued by a male, Protestant bureaucracy. So it was fitting that the loudest cry of protest against contemporary standards-and-accountability school reform emerge... more »

Christian Isaac – Biting the Apple | Student Voice

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Christian Isaac – Biting the Apple | Student Voice: Christian Isaac – Biting the Apple by admin [image: 547283_422462974466660_1229692157_n] *“Modern cynics and skeptics…see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing” ~ John F. Kennedy* * If you’ve learned anything, the odds are you’ve been taught. If you’ve been taught, the odds are you’ve been taught by a teacher. Teachers, the things we spend most of the year tolerating, are there from day one of pre-kindergarten t... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Kids Pay For Christie's Incompetence

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Jersey Jazzman: Kids Pay For Christie's Incompetence: Kids Pay For Christie's Incompetence by Duke Like so many other denizens of the Garden State, it makes me nuts to watch Governor Chris Christie touted as a fearless leader and maker of tough decisions in the national press. Because the man is really, really bad at his job: A report submitted this month by the state Department of Education to the Legislature is likely to set the stage for another school-funding debate next year. For many local districts, the outlook is not good. The Educational Adequacy Report repeats many of... more »

Top Teacher Beat Posts for 2012 - Teacher Beat - Education Week

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Top Teacher Beat Posts for 2012 - Teacher Beat - Education Week: Top Teacher Beat Posts for 2012 by Stephen Sawchuk [image: Teacher Beat] Readers, it's time to take a look at what items most caught your attention here at the Teacher Beat blog over the past year. We'll run through them in reverse. #10: Chicago teachers voted to end a seven-day-long strike as described in this, our 10th most read item of the year. The move paved the way for the ratification of a tentative agreement. #9: It makes plain old common sense, but now empirical research tentatively supports the idea that teac... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: End of 2012 - Wrap-up and Hopes and Predictions for 2013

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: End of 2012 - Wrap-up and Hopes and Predictions for 2013: End of 2012 - Wrap-up and Hopes and Predictions for 2013 by Melissa Westbrook A rosy glow this morning across the horizon - maybe a good sign for things to come. It was a HUGE year for public education - in Seattle, Washington State and the US. For whatever reason, public education has become a huge issue. Whether it's trying to break unions (in Wisconsin) or the push for more on-line learning opportunities (whether at school or at home), politicians had a lot to say this year. Are we f... more »

Soooooo, Florida, Tired of Standardized Tests? “Things Are About To Get Worse” | Scathing Purple Musings

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Soooooo, Florida, Tired of Standardized Tests? “Things Are About To Get Worse” | Scathing Purple Musings: Soooooo, Florida, Tired of Standardized Tests? “Things Are About To Get Worse” by Bob Sikes While Rick Scott is running around telling everybody that FCAT is gone obviously trying to convince Floridians that the state’s reliance on high-stakes standardized tests in somehow lessening things are about to get worse. Teacher and writer *Daniel Dawer *explains: A consortium of 45 states (including Florida) recently adopted the new Common Core state standards, and in so doing have... more »

Radical Scholarship: Books by P. L. Thomas

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Radical Scholarship: Books by P. L. Thomas: Books by P. L. Thomas Thomas, P. L., ed. (2013). *Becoming and Being a Teacher: Confronting Traditional Norms to Create New Democratic Realities*. New York, NY: Peter Lang USA. -----. (2012). *Ignoring poverty in the U. S.: The corporate takeover of public education*. Charlotte NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc. -----. (2010). *Challenging genres: Comic books and graphic novels*. Netherlands: Sense Publishers. -----. (2010). *Parental choice?: A critical reconsideration of choice and the debate about choice*. Charlotte, NC: Inform... more »

They shoot horses, don’t they? « Fred Klonsky

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They shoot horses, don’t they? « Fred Klonsky: They shoot horses, don’t they? by Fred Klonsky Popout“I’m 65.” “You’re 64,” said Anne. “You don’t turn 65 for six months.” “I’m rounding up. Besides, horses’ birthdays are the first of the year no matter what day they were born on.” Which isn’t exactly true. It is only true for thoroughbred horses that jockey clubs put together for racing purposes. “Yes, but you’re not a horse.” “Sometimes I feel like a horse.” I was thinking about the 1969 movie, *They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?* It was one of the most depressing movies of all time, a meta... more »

Louisiana Educator: A special message

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Louisiana Educator: A special message: A special message by Michael Deshotels *Best wishes to my readers:* *I hope the new year brings better policies and much needed support for our public schools. I believe our public schools and teachers in Louisiana have been doing an excellent job for which they have received little appreciation and recognition. I yearn for the day when our teachers, who I believe are among the most dedicated of all public servants, are granted the right to teach as professionals. I believe teachers know what their students need to get the most of their educat... more »

Public Good and the Will of the Ownership Class « @ the chalk face

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Public Good and the Will of the Ownership Class « @ the chalk face: Public Good and the Will of the Ownership Class1 December 30, 2012 by kuhiokane Our economy, that is, the economy owned by the one percent, is no longer centered on production and consumer purchases. It is no longer a part of employment. It is increasingly centered, controlled by credit creation which, in turn, is used to create profits and income in the form of interest payments until any economic surplus and stock of property becomes obligated to debt service. ( My understanding of our economy as discussed her... more »

NYC Educator: Mayor Bloomberg Redefines Negotiation

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NYC Educator: Mayor Bloomberg Redefines Negotiation: Mayor Bloomberg Redefines Negotiation by NYC Educator Mayor Bloomberg is shocked and stunned that teachers want more money. How dare they make such frivolous demands when he's trying to enact a junk-science-based evaluation system? Clearly they don't grasp the nature of the emergency in city schools. Mayor Bloomberg simply cannot fire enough teachers under the current system, and unless he gets a legal basis to fire them for no good reason, he won't be able to fire them for no good reason. Bloomberg is aghast that the UFT would c... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 12-31-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] When Non-Profits Are Very Profitable by dianerav The New York Times had a front-page story yesterday about a non-profit corporation that runs halfway houses in New Jersey. It may be non-profit, but the owner and his family are making millions. Does this remind you of anything else you have read lately? Love Is the Answer by dianerav Please read about Mr. Wright, a brilliant physics teacher in Louisville. An award-winning film was made about him, not just because of his vivacious, unorthodox teaching style,... more »

Leadership Principles | Connected Principals

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Leadership Principles | Connected Principals: Leadership Principles by Dwight Carter Author and Leadership Consultant, Ken Blanchard, wrote in one of his books, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” I couldn’t agree more. However, I don’t think this has anything to do with positional leadership, but more about leadership principles. There are a number of people I consider leaders, from students to global dignitaries and everyone in between. I have learned and continue to learn what leadership is by observing others and reflecting on my own behaviors as a leader. Following are... more »

Does a STEM degree guarantee a job? Not always. | Get Schooled

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Does a STEM degree guarantee a job? Not always. | Get Schooled: Does a STEM degree guarantee a job? Not always. by Maureen Downey [image: math (Medium)]Does STEM always spell success for college graduates? Whenever I write about the efforts to bolster U.S. graduates in science, technology, engineering and math, readers send me notes about their problems finding work despite a STEM degree. And that includes math teachers. (If you are interested in this topic, take a look at this *Duke study* on which countries produce more engineers and the job prospects for those graduates. The repo... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES: WEEKEND QUOTABLES by Mike Klonsky Little Emperor, Rahm makes Chicago Sun-Times front page.Fran Spielman *In year two of his whirlwind administration, Emanuel survived a seven-day teachers strike that he had helped instigate; parted company with a highly touted schools CEO who turned out to be a bad fit, and struggled to control a spike in homicides that became a national media obsession.* -- Sun-Times Jackson Potter *Why should people, by virtue of their money, be able to make decisions that everyone else has to live with but has n... more »

Education Research Report

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Education Research Report: Education Research Report: *THIS WEEK'S EDUCATION RESEARCH REPORT* * * Teenagers Without Internet Access at Home Are Educationally Disadvantaged Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report - 14 minutes ago A major in-depth study examining how teenagers in the UK are using the internet and other mobile devices says the benefits of using such technologies far outweigh any perceived risks. The findings are based on a large-scale study of more than 1,000 randomly selected households in the UK, coupled with regular face-to-face interviews with more than 200 ... more »

The year in education—a look back at 2012 | Hechinger Report

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The year in education—a look back at 2012 | Hechinger Report: The year in education—a look back at 2012 by Hechinger Report In 2012, new teacher-evaluation systems and merit pay spread across the country. Technology continued to transform classrooms, and presidential candidates made education an unexpected focus on the campaign trail. Yet widespread problems in America’s education system persisted, and the nation remained behind much of the international competition. At *The Hechinger Report*, we traveled from coast to coast to examine new approaches to improving U.S. schools and ... more »

Cory Booker and the $100M gift to Newark Public Schools | Seattle Education

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Cory Booker and the $100M gift to Newark Public Schools | Seattle Education: Cory Booker and the $100M gift to Newark Public Schools by seattleducation2011 This goes into the OMG category because that is what I kept saying to myself as I read this article. From FireDogLake: *ACLU Wins Lawsuit Against Cory Booker, Forcing Release Of Emails with Facebook Executives* By: DSWright, posted on Wednesday December 26, 2012 [image: Cory Booker (left) and Mark Zuckerberg] Cory Booker (left) and Mark Zuckerberg It started on Oprah. Facebook founder and Winklevii nemesis Mark Zuckerberg announce... more »

The Educated Reporter: Looking Back at 2012: Top 10 Blog Posts of the Year

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The Educated Reporter: Looking Back at 2012: Top 10 Blog Posts of the Year: Looking Back at 2012: Top 10 Blog Posts of the Year by Emily Richmond As 2012 winds down, I thought I'd pull together a list of the 10 most popular Educated Reporter posts of the year. I thought it was interesting that teacher-related topics took four the top spots. And I'm not surprised that STEM came in No. 1, as it's likely to be a huge issue heading into 2013. In the meantime, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for not only reading the blog, but also sharing ideas and constructive criticism.... more »

Jersey Jazzman: The Selling Out of Newark's Schools: Part II

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Jersey Jazzman: The Selling Out of Newark's Schools: Part II: The Selling Out of Newark's Schools: Part II by Duke *Dave, I can't wait to get to Newark...* Let's talk some more about Cory Booker's Christmas Eve email dump. In Part I of this series, I detailed how Booker's secret emails reveal that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million donation to Newark's schools quickly became a vehicle for both pushing anti-teacher, anti-union "reforms," and for disenfranchising the local community from controlling their own schools. Both Team Booker and Zuckerberg's folks were *very* conc... more »

Daily Kos: Being a teacher

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Daily Kos: Being a teacher: Being a teacher by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) a few reflective thoughts on what that means to me today, now that i have returned to the classroom, at least through the end of the year Being a teacher mean - I can never stop learning. My learning begins with learning about my students: what they already know, what they know how to do, what they can learn to, what their hopes and dreams and fears and doubts are . . . . - my time is not my own. The job is not defined by the time I spend in my classroom with my students, which begins at 8:05 and ends a... more »

My Leap of Faith UnResolution… | Connected Principals

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My Leap of Faith UnResolution… | Connected Principals: My Leap of Faith UnResolution… by Sean Grainger flickr image via Scarto In teaching and learning, whether we’re jumping off a cliff, or jumping off a curb, the important thing is that we’re jumping off something. I’ve never been one to make a lot of resolutions for a new year, but this year I will make at least one. I’m actually thinking it’s more of an unresolution than a resolution owing to the notably *not so much a SMART goal *nature of it*.* I’m not going to stand still. I intend to keep moving down the learning paths I’ve... more »

2013: All Hail The EduPreneur | EduShyster

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2013: All Hail The EduPreneur | EduShyster: 2013: All Hail The EduPreneur by edushyster2012 Ah, New Year’s—a magical time in which we renounce bad habits (excuse making, achievement gap widening) and promise to embrace more lucrative ones (excellence, innovation, MacGyvering). And while 2013 may be barely upon us, it is already shaping up to be the Year of the EduPreneur. But before we raise our collective wine boxes in a toast, let us first meet this *homo innovatus.* Pronounced ej-oo/ˈ prəˈno͝or/, this 21st century being understands the vital need of investing in our childrens’ f... more »

My Best Posts Of The Year — 2012 | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
My Best Posts Of The Year — 2012 | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…: My Best Posts Of The Year — 2012 by Larry Ferlazzo *LARRY FERLAZZO’S WEBSITES OF THE DAY* [image: Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Problems.] I’ve recently looked back in the archives of the blog to identify the best posts of each year, and now I’m up to 2012! The first list in this series, My Best Posts Over The Years — Volume One, focused on the year 2007 and included a fair amount of still-useful material (at least in my opinion). I’d say the same thing about my review o... more »

Why Does Florida’s Voucher Crowd Oppose Accountability to Taxpayers? | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Why Does Florida’s Voucher Crowd Oppose Accountability to Taxpayers? | Scathing Purple Musings: Why Does Florida’s Voucher Crowd Oppose Accountability to Taxpayers? by Bob Sikes Last week’s *Orlando Sentinel *editorial brought to light for Floridians the fact that private schools which receive taxpayer-funded vouchers aren’t held to the same accountability standards as are public schools. That could change as both governor Rick Scott and incoming education commissioner Tony Bennett think they should. When it comes to school vouchers, we haven’t always seen eye-to-eye with Gov. R... more »

2012 in review:For Fun! « Cooperative Catalyst

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2012 in review:For Fun! « Cooperative Catalyst: 2012 in review:For Fun! by dloitz The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about *200,000* times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 4 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe! Click here to see the complete report.

2012: A Year in Review - Higher Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
2012: A Year in Review - Higher Education: 2012: A Year in Review by cmaadmin [image: 2012]2012 was a tumultuous year in terms of higher education. When historians review 2012 for its noteworthy moments, events and milestones, they will find the year was a trying one for the American higher education system, despite its being able to educate and enlighten thousands in search of more choices and preparation for adult self-sufficiency. Many academicians and students worked for and celebrated the re-election of President Barack Obama to a second term. Obama’s re-election helped ensure ... more »

12 Blogs I Loved In 2012 | The Jose Vilson

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
12 Blogs I Loved In 2012 | The Jose Vilson: 12 Blogs I Loved In 2012 by Jose Vilson [image: blog] In my short notes series, I like to share things I’ve read from around the web, usually parsed out from the plethora of things I pick up on my social media networks. At times, I find gems that keep me coming back for more. The following list have been reliable sources for pieces to share all year. I’ve had some of these in my Google reader since I started blogging, and some of these are relatively new to me. Either way, check them out and tell them I sent you: In no particular order: ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Donate to CAP? Are You Serious?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: Donate to CAP? Are You Serious?: Donate to CAP? Are You Serious? by Duke Donate to CAP? Are You Serious? I'm on the email solicitation list for the Center for American Progress, a "progressive" think-tank in Washington. And, apparently, they want my money - badly: We need the Center for American Progress. During my time in Congress, CAP provided the fuel that powered our hard-fought victories on issues like health care, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and women’s health. Their side had money, and our side fought back with facts—and those facts came from CAP. ... more »

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Dear Standardized Testing...

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Dear Standardized Testing...: Dear Standardized Testing... by Lisa M Dear Standardized Testing... [image: Standardized Testing] By lbe36s | View this Toon at ToonDoo | Create your own Toon Dear Standardized Testing, I hate you. Yes, I know I wasn't raised that way. My Mom told me that hate was a strong word, and that I shouldn't use it. But there is no other word strong enough for the way I feel about you. Why, you ask? You are only doing your job, you say? You hold teachers accountable? Make sure that they are doing their jobs well? Not allowing u... more »

Teachers Don't Suck !: A New Approach to Classroom Discipline

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Teachers Don't Suck !: A New Approach to Classroom Discipline: A New Approach to Classroom Discipline

WHAT'S WRONG AT LAUSD AND HOW DO WE FIX IT? TUNE IN TO 90.7 FM KPFK ON 1/1/13 AT 4 PM - Perdaily.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
WHAT'S WRONG AT LAUSD AND HOW DO WE FIX IT? TUNE IN TO 90.7 FM KPFK ON 1/1/13 AT 4 PM - Perdaily.com: WHAT'S WRONG AT LAUSD AND HOW DO WE FIX IT? TUNE IN TO 90.7 FM KPFK ON 1/1/13 AT 4 PM by Leonard Isenberg [image: KPFK.jpeg] (Mensaje se repite en Español) * * *On New Year's Day at 4 pm on 90.7 FM KPFK I will do a show on the deplorable state of public education at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), how we got here, what's the nefarious agenda, and the rather straight forward means of fixing it. Hopefully, this show will be the first in a series laying out in the cl... more »

Kimble's Corner: Profiles in Courageousness Mayan Apocalypse Winner Announced!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Kimble's Corner: Profiles in Courageousness Mayan Apocalypse Winner Announced!: Profiles in Courageousness Mayan Apocalypse Winner Announced! by Representative Kimble I am pleased to announce the winner of the Ronald Reagan vs. Mayan Apocalypse winner. It wasn't an easy choice for our judges, but in the end we gave the nod to Jeffery Caldwell for his coining of the phrase "Morning in Mesoamerica". I will be contacting Jeffery tonight to let him know how to claim his rare free edition of the Profiles in Courageousness eBook. These were my favorite entries: Reagan foiled the ... more »

Karen Lewis: The 2012 Education Person of the Year

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Karen Lewis: The 2012 Education Person of the Year: Karen Lewis: The 2012 Education Person of the Year *Michael J. Petrilli / December 28, 2012* [image: Karen Lewis] Karen Lewis: the Anti-Ed-Reform Idol. *Photo from the Chicago Tribune*. If 2011 was the “year of school choice,” then 2012 was the “year of the resurgent teachers union.” And leading the comeback was Chicago’s Karen Lewis—fiery, forceful, and unabashedly oppositional. Call her the Anti-Education-Reform Idol. Lewis dominated the education news in 2012. First there were the skirmishes over an extended day in the Second Ci... more »

Hunger Strike This Wednesday!!.southbronxschool.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
http://www.southbronxschool.com: Hunger Strike This Wednesday!! by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) I've thought long and hard about it. On the night of January 1, 2013 I will eat my last meal for a while. As soon as the clock strikes midnight I will officially be on a hunger strike to keep PS 154x from closing and to keep it out of the hands of the Empire. Also, to keep the bogus evaluation system to take place. I'll add other causes. But that is all. I'll be drinking plenty of water. A movement needs to happen.

NYC Educator: Who's Accountable in Mayor Bloomberg's New York?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
NYC Educator: Who's Accountable in Mayor Bloomberg's New York?: Who's Accountable in Mayor Bloomberg's New York? by NYC Educator Mayor Bloomberg loves talking about "accountability." That's what teachers need. It's important, therefore, that we establish parameters that will ensure they are fired for no reason. This, of course, is why we're having conversations about judging teachers by test scores. The methodology is absurd, and does not reflect on how good or bad teachers may be, but at least it will guarantee some of them will lose their jobs. It's another thing altogether when ... more »

Oregon Save Our Schools: Education Reform (Real VS. Phony) and How Upcoming Events Will Help You Distinguish the Difference

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Oregon Save Our Schools: Education Reform (Real VS. Phony) and How Upcoming Events Will Help You Distinguish the Difference: Education Reform (Real VS. Phony) and How Upcoming Events Will Help You Distinguish the Difference by Oregon SOS [image: Putting the Public Back in Our Public Schools!] Many of us involved in Oregon SOS are thrilled about a number of experiences this January that will help to create what we hope is a larger dialogue on the subject of public education reform. (With our personal interest being that this moves more people to press for and create reforms that a... more »

Jackie Speier: I regret that I haven't done more to stop the unspeakable - San Jose Mercury News

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Jackie Speier: I regret that I haven't done more to stop the unspeakable - San Jose Mercury News: Jackie Speier: I regret that I haven't done more to stop the unspeakable By Jackie Speier Special to the Mercury News Posted: 12/21/2012 12:41:49 PM PST Updated: 12/21/2012 04:04:11 PM PST Click photo to enlarge November 1978: Congressman Leo J. Ryan, right, and... (Greg Robinson, San Francisco Examiner) - - 1 - 2 - » Related Stories - Dec 23: - What will it take? Sandy Hook massacre elicits strong opinions on changing gun laws - Herhold: A cop's story abo... more »

Ronald Reagan Exposes the Social Security Lie | Reclaim Reform

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Ronald Reagan Exposes the Social Security Lie | Reclaim Reform: Ronald Reagan Exposes the Social Security Lie by kenpreviti [image: Reagan-refuses-to-lie-about-SS]Social Security that is unsocial and insecure. Pensions entrusted to state governments that cannot be trusted to govern a trust. Representatives who do not represent. Legislators who do not write or read legislation. Leaders who follow. Public services cut for corporate tax reduction. Public schools for private profit. The list goes on and on in the world’s wealthiest country that claims it cannot afford human services whic... more »

Ed Notes Online: PEP Hearing, 12/20/2012 by SOSfromEVA (Save our Students from Eva Moskowitz)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Ed Notes Online: PEP Hearing, 12/20/2012 by SOSfromEVA (Save our Students from Eva Moskowitz): PEP Hearing, 12/20/2012 by SOSfromEVA (Save our Students from Eva Moskowitz) by ed notes online The Eva/Success scam exposed. Watch resources in the Success network flow to the rich white kids whose parents want to use public funds instead of paying for private school. Really, a brilliant business model to drain funding from public schools and remove those pesky kids of color from neighborhoods where they are not wanted. One day the parents in Harlem will see that very clearly. Great wor... more »

Diane in the Evening 12-30-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: Time for Action by dianerav In response to Katie Osgood’s post, “A Message to Reformers,” Maureen Reedy wrote the following: “Katie, Diane and Friends, I am loving your article Katie, it is right on in every way. No more! No MORE!!! NO MORE!!!! I have contacted Ed Schultz, a production company in California, Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow who teaches at Ohio State, state senator and superintendents in Michigan, I have a panel ready to go with the media when we get someone to pick up the ball and run with it. I have been in touch with Paren... more »






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