Saturday, January 19, 2013

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 1-19-13 #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



Daily Kos: Just so you know what we are dealing with

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 38 minutes ago
Daily Kos: Just so you know what we are dealing with: Just so you know what we are dealing with byteacherkenFollow - - - 1 Comments / 0 New I suggest you take a look here and consider the following 60 round and 100 round compatible with M4/M16/AR15 type weapons they promote by showing someone in military garb but as far as I know such large capacity magazines are neither standard issue military equipment nor in fact encouraged in the armed forces, although perhaps someone with military experience than mine in the mid 60's might care to comment. Please tell what ... more »

Diane in the Evening 1-19-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 44 minutes ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: Is This Article “Divisive”? by dianerav This is the article that a Rightwing Wisconsin think tank called “divisive.” From what I have seen these past twenty years, charters and vouchers are divisive. What do you think? Indiana: Private and Religious Schools May Lose Independence by dianerav A report from Indiana: Vic’s Statehouse Notes #106– January 17, 2013 Dear Friends, Yesterday’s committee vote on Senate Bill 184, the voucher expansion bill, was delayed until next Wednesday’s meeting. This gives us all more time to send additional messages of oppositi... more »

Occupy the Department of Education California Father

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
[image: California Father] *Published on Jan 19, 2013* April 4-7 students, parents and educators will speak out in defense of public education. Join Diane Ravitch, Deborah Meier, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Stephen Krashen and many others @ the United States Department of Education or watch @ www. livestream.com/califather. PS The LA Times Has Always Hated Public Schools *by California Father on January 15, 2013 · Leave a Comment* I am reading Upton Sinclair’s wonderful muckraking book about public education in Los Angeles in the ‘twenties, The Goslings, a Study of American Schools. See ... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: McCleary Decision

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: McCleary Decision: McCleary Decision by Melissa Westbrook Via SPS, I see that there is an OSPI document on the McCleary decision. It's a fairly basic overview but it may be helpful to those getting up to speed on the issue. One key issue that I have been reading is that the Court based its decision on HR2261 about what full funding looks like. What I have heard some legislators say is that they DON'T like what is in HR2261 and if they redid it, then we would be fully funding schools. In other words, rewrite the rules of what full funding means ... more »

Upcoming dates for school closing and testing resistance Parents United for Responsible Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Upcoming dates for school closing and testing resistance: Upcoming dates for school closing and testing resistance by admin From Parents 4 Teachers: An important month ahead Many of you probably read the interim report from the “independent” school utilization commission last week. The report made news by recommending that no high schools be closed this year—at least for low enrollment—and by suggesting high-performing schools and schools with more than 600 students also be spared. A few things jump out at us about this repor... more »

AFT supports the Garfield High School teachers, armed janitors in Ohio (?) and the rich get richer off of charter schools. | Seattle Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
AFT supports the Garfield High School teachers, armed janitors in Ohio (?) and the rich get richer off of charter schools. | Seattle Education: AFT supports the Garfield High School teachers, armed janitors in Ohio (?) and the rich get richer off of charter schools. by seattleducation2011 *The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed.* From the AFT Facebook page: *Today AFT President Randi Weingarten sent a message of support to the teachers at Seattle’s Garfield High School who are standing up against the fixation on high-stakes testing by refusing to administer ... more »

SACRAMENTO PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE: Martin Luther King Jr. and Economic Justice

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
SACRAMENTO PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE: Martin Luther King Jr. and Economic Justice: Martin Luther King Jr. and Economic Justice by Duane Campbell *Martin Luther King, Economic Justice, Workers’ Rights,* *and Multiracial Democracy* by Thomas Jackson In 1968, a united black community in Memphis stepped forward to support 1,300 municipal sanitation workers as they demanded higher wages, union recognition, and respect for black personhood embodied in the slogan “I Am a Man!” Memphis’s black women organized tenant and welfare unions, discovering pervasive hunger among the city’s poor and bla... more »

Daily Kos: "Memory is a motherf*&%er"

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Daily Kos: "Memory is a motherf*&%er": "Memory is a motherf*&%er" by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) Okay, so I cleaned that up a bit. I am sure you can appropriately replace the *&% with uck and have it appear as it does in the original, at the beginning of the remarkable memoir by Bill Ayers, *Fugitive Days*. I am posting this at Bill's request, since the book is now available here as an audio book On a personal note, I have reviewed several of Bill's books for a variety of outlets. My review of the 3rd edition of his *To Teach, the Journey of Teacher* was the 2nd most downloade... more »

Real Parent Power Organized Parents, Organized Teachers

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Real Parent Power: Current national and local education policies often pit teachers and parents against each other, trapping them in a cycle of blame and mistrust. But in one Minneapolis community, parents and teachers decided to work together to make their schools better – with great results. This is their story.** *About Organized Parents, Organized Teachers* *Organized Parents, Organized Teachers* was produced by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform as part of AISR’s ongoing efforts to support community organizing for better schools and collaborative, effective partnership... more »

New Audio Book of Fugitive Days now available! « Bill Ayers

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
New Audio Book of Fugitive Days now available! « Bill Ayers: New Audio Book of Fugitive Days now available! http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B00AFF6UDG&source_code=SUSP0339WS012607 [image: Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist | [William Ayers]] Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist - UNABRIDGED - by William Ayers - Narrated by Jeff Woodman - - - - Regular Price :$24.95 Special Offer: Learn how to get this for $7.49 !

The Unknown Teacher

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
control of teachers: The Unknown Teacher by Susan Ohanian [image: The Unknown Teacher] (To JS/07/M/378 In place of a marble monument, this data is warehoused at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and at NEA and AFT Headquarters) She was found by the U. S. Department of Education to be One against whom there was no official debit side, And all the reports on her conduct agree That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, she was highly qualified, For in everything she did she obeyed Standardisto decrees. Except for maternity leave, till the day she retired She worked in a clas... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Saturday Round-Up

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Saturday Round-Up: Saturday Round-Up by Melissa Westbrook Former State Superintendent Judith Billings weighs in at the Times about *charter schools.* *So The Times recommends Superintendent Dorn violate his oath of office to uphold the state Constitution. Article III, Section 22 states in plain language — by law not subject to interpretation if the language meets that test — “the superintendent of public instruction shall have supervision over all matters pertaining to publicschools.” The initiative emphasizes charter schools will be public schoo... more »

Saturday coffee. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Saturday coffee. « Fred Klonsky: Saturday coffee. by Fred Klonsky [image: Illinois State Senate Impeaches Rod Blagojevich] Since it is Martin Luther King’s birthday celebration weekend, it is an appropriate time to consider issues of law and morality, justice and decency. Yesterday I posted a satirical piece about former Federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald and Governor “Squeezy” Quinn. I accused Quinn of pension theft. This did not go over well with Chris Montoya who wrote, “*Fitzgerald and Quinn are friends. Your post represents a delusional conspiracy, and it libels the first... more »

Today is a good day to fight back against the overuse of Standardized Testing in Connecticut - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Today is a good day to fight back against the overuse of Standardized Testing in Connecticut - Wait, What?: Today is a good day to fight back against the overuse of Standardized Testing in Connecticut by jonpelto *It is a good day to make a big difference!* Follow this link to the anti-standardized testing petition being circulated by the Connecticut Chapter of Parents Across America. Connecticut state government and public schools have been spending too much time, money and energy on high-stakes standardized testing. The over-reliance on these tests is harmful to our children and... more »

Do Public Schools, Umm, Suck? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Do Public Schools, Umm, Suck? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: Do Public Schools, Umm, Suck? by Nancy Flanagan Recently, my friend and IDEA colleague John Dubie, a high school senior, posted a personal, autobiographical blog entitled "Big Picture Saved My Life." John meant that statement literally. It's his story to tell--and I urge you to read it--but I was stunned by the aftermath of the piece, which was picked up, reprinted and dissected in a number of other blogs. I was especially surprised by those commentaries bearing titles indicating that John's life... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 1-19-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Milwaukee: No Model for America by dianerav Recently I wrote a post maintaining that choice had failed in Milwaukee, and that the city would be better off if it had a single public school system, doors open to all, receiving public support and public funding and civic energy. Uniting behind public education makes more sense than supporting three separate systems, none of which do well for studnts. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel published my post as an opinion piece. So far, my views have been critiqued... more »

So You Wanna Buy a School Board Seat… | EduShyster

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
So You Wanna Buy a School Board Seat… | EduShyster: So You Wanna Buy a School Board Seat… by edushyster2012 As recent history has conclusively demonstrated over and over, elected school boards are often the biggest obstacles to closing the achievement gap forever and ushering in a bright future of excellence and innovation for our most motivated scholars. But purchasing an entire school board and taking it private can be an expensive proposition. And with so many un-excellent and non-innovative voters out there, even a massive ed-vestment can’t guarantee an excellent outcome. Don’t... more »

Teacher evaluations: Is there really enough time for reliable classroom observations? | Get Schooled

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Teacher evaluations: Is there really enough time for reliable classroom observations? | Get Schooled: Teacher evaluations: Is there really enough time for reliable classroom observations? by Maureen Downey A middle school teacher I admired for her innovation pulled me aside once to tell me she was leaving the district. Her tendency to stray from the script put her at odds with the new principal. When I shared the news later with a neighbor, an educator herself, her reaction shocked me: “Good riddance. My son never knew what was going on in that class because the teacher was always... more »

What kids want Obama to do in second term

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
What kids want Obama to do in second term: What kids want Obama to do in second term Posted by Valerie Strauss on January 19, 2013 at 8:00 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » What do young people want President and Congress to do over the next four years? Here some of them tell us in a video that is a project of The Children’s Leadership Council, a national coalition of child and youth organizations. The video was produced by SparkAction. How test anxiety affected a young boy by Valerie Straus... more »

Louisiana Educator: MET Project Dissected

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Louisiana Educator: MET Project Dissected: MET Project Dissected by Michael Deshotels Math teacher and blogger Gary Rubinstein has dissected and uncovered serious flaws in the Gates sponsored study of effective teacher evaluation systems called the MET project (Measures of Effective Teaching). It turns out that if we look carefully at the data from the MET study we find that the basic assumptions for focusing on revised teacher evaluation and dismissal procedures as a way of improving public education are really not justified. One of the most basic assumptions driving the major ... more »

SRC faces a loud, angry crowd over school closings - Philly.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
SRC faces a loud, angry crowd over school closings - Philly.com: SRC faces a loud, angry crowd over school closings January 18, 2013|By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer - - - Share on emailShare on printShare on redditMore Sharing Services - - - - - [image: Parents and students proclaim their opposition to closing 37 city schools. SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos, referring to calls for a moratorium on closings, said: "All of the inaction has caught up with the district."] Parents and students proclaim their opposition t... more »

Daily Kos: so it's Saturday, and I usually reflect on teaching

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Daily Kos: so it's Saturday, and I usually reflect on teaching: so it's Saturday, and I usually reflect on teaching by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) and that will be part this piece. But this is a morning where I have a lot on my mind. As I write this, sitting in my local Starbucks, about 1/4 of our students and a number of our faculty and staff are wearing their bright red school sweatshirts and are spending the day volunteering at the DC Homeless Shelter as their participation in the day of service. I wanted to join them, but am on the edge of a cold, and was exhausted by the ... more »

UPDATE: Schools’ Design Can Play Role in Safety + Lance Armstrong Is Right About One Thing | toteachornototeach

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Lance Armstrong Is Right About One Thing | toteachornototeach: Schools’ Design Can Play Role in Safety, Student Engagement by aristotlethewise *Schools’ Design Can Play Role in Safety, Student Engagement* [image: Joplin Interim High School social commons] By Jaclyn Zubrzycki A building alone does not create a school culture. But research shows that school buildings can affect students’ morale and academic performance. Now, school officials are moving away from the “cells and bells” design marked by long, locker-lined hallways of windowless classrooms, and toward more open, flexible ... more »

The Past Lives on in the Present: Customized Learning then and Now | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
The Past Lives on in the Present: Customized Learning then and Now | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: The Past Lives on in the Present: Customized Learning then and Now by larrycuban *Pupils are working on their own. The second and third grade reading class of 63 pupils … is using a learning center and two adjoining rooms. Two teachers and the school librarian act as coordinators and tutors as the pupils proceed with the various materials prepared by the school’s teachers and … developer, The Learning and Research Development Center at the U. of Pittsburgh. E... more »

Schools Matter: A weapon of mass distraction

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Schools Matter: A weapon of mass distraction: A weapon of mass distraction by skrashen Submitted to the Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 18, 2013 I suspect that the common core standards’ elitist reading lists (sample items in “Are you as well-read as a 10th grader?” Jan. 17) are designed to get educators and the public arguing about what should be on the reading lists, rather than focusing on the far more important question of whether we should have common core standards and tests at all. There is no evidence that standards and tests improve school achievement. The huge sums of mone... more »

UPDATE: Jersey Jazzman: Christie Uses NRA To Silence His Biggest Critics

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: Christie Uses NRA To Silence His Biggest Critics: Oversight of Education Dies In NJ by Duke *Just keep smiling and don't answer any questions about where the money is going...* Here's an interesting tidbit I haven't seen reported in the local press: *Bill Would Require Public Disclosure of Private Funding of State Services* Assembly Budget Chairman Vincent Prieto and Assembly Education Chairman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. announced December 14 that they have *introduced legislation to establish legislative oversight of private money being used to pay for state service... more »

UPDATE: Skepticism for SB736 + Oklahoma Parents Don’t Like Jeb Bush’s Florida Model | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Oklahoma Parents Don’t Like Jeb Bush’s Florida Model | Scathing Purple Musings: Skepticism for SB736 in the Florida Senate by Bob Sikes Rick Scott told FOX News host Neil Cavuto after SB736 was past, “It’s going to be great.” Not so much. Changes are already being considered. Bush Foundation CEO Patricia Levesque wants to add student surveys into the calculus and is floating the idea around. Senate Education chairman John Legg has said his committee will be considering changes to the bill. The committee’s vice chair was more poignant. This from Travis Pillow in the *Tallahassee De... more »

solidaridad: Robert D. Skeels applauds Eric Garcetti's Efforts to Save The NVOC-Aviation Center

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
solidaridad: Robert D. Skeels applauds Eric Garcetti's Efforts to Save The NVOC-Aviation Center: Robert D. Skeels applauds Eric Garcetti's Efforts to Save The NVOC-Aviation Center by Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene [image: Robert D. Skeels, a Social Justice Schoolboard Candidate] *Now, our struggle is for genuine equality, which means economic equality. For we know that it isn't enough to integrate lunch counters. What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn't earn enough money to buy a hamburger and cup of coffee? — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther K... more »

Top Content this Week - 1-19-13 The Educator's PLN

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Top Content this Week - The Educator's PLN: 1[image: Building a professional learning network on Twitter]Building a professional learning network on Twitter Added by Thomas Whitby on January 12, 2013 2[image: Amanda Ripley: Ask the kids]Amanda Ripley: Ask the kids Added by Thomas Whitby on January 14, 2013 3[image: Flipping Tools]Flipping Tools Posted by Bonnie Birdsall on January 8, 2013 4[image: How education lost its role as the great equalizer - Reuters Investigates]How education lost its role as the great equalizer - Reuters Investigates Added by Thomas Whitby on December 24, 2... more »

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 1-19-13

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
*4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit:* *4LAKIDS - SOME OF THE NEWS THAT DOESN'T FIT* GREEN DOT @ LOCKE: When at first you don’t succeed, reconstitute and reconstitute again – or - The reconstitutions will continue until the morale improves! smf at 4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit - 23 hours ago Alert the Uh-oh Squad: The miracle takeover of Locke High by Green Dot – celebrated in The New Yorker, The LA Times and the 2011 novel book Stray Dogs, Saints and Saviors – wasn’t all that miraculous after all! Green Dot charter group to reorganize Locke High Green Dot hopes... more »

This Week's Education Research Report 1-19-13 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Education Research Report: *THIS WEEK'S EDUCATION RESEARCH REPORT* * * Extreme student discipline practices Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report - 19 minutes ago The extreme student discipline practices that led the Department of Justice to sue one Mississippi county are far more widespread than previously thought, cites a new report from a coalition of civil rights organizations. Titled Handcuffs on Success: The Extreme School Discipline Crisis in Mississippi Public Schools, the report details how extreme school disciplinary practices harm tens of thousands of Mississip... more »

Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… 1-19-13 …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EF

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL *LARRY FERLAZZO’S WEBSITES OF THE DAY* [image: Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Problems.] This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t” Larry Ferlazzo at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 10 hours ago I have a huge backlog of resources that I’ve been planning to post about in this blog but, just because of time constraints, have not gotten around to doing. Instead of letting that backlog grow bigger, I regularly grab a … Continue reading → Two Examples Of N... more »

Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee Names Kahlil Byrd as StudentsFirst New President - LA Sentinel

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee Names Kahlil Byrd as StudentsFirst New President - LA Sentinel: Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee Names Kahlil Byrd as StudentsFirst New President ** *Kahlil Byrd* StudentsFirst, a bipartisan grassroots education reform movement, announced key new hires as the organization transitions into its next phase of development. The new hires include individuals with a breadth of knowledge and experience in politics and nonprofit management. They will all work of out the StudentsFirst headquarters located in Sacramento, California. “I am thrilled to wel... more »

11 Sacramento schools are slated to close next school year as part of a plan to balance SCUSD's budget | news10.net

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
11 Sacramento schools are slated to close next school year as part of a plan to balance SCUSD's budget | news10.net: 11 Sacramento schools are slated to close next school year as part of a plan to balance SCUSD's budget SACRAMENTO, CA - A $10 million to $12 million budget deficit in the Sacramento City Unified School District is leaving some school board members questioning if closing schools is the right decision and parents wondering what will happen next. Thursday's overflow crowd at a district board meeting pleaded with district officials to reconsider the plan to close 11 s... more »

Common Core State Standards: 2014 is a Year Away | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Common Core State Standards: 2014 is a Year Away | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: Common Core State Standards: 2014 is a Year Away by Tarsi Dunlop The arrival of 2013 brings us one year closer to the rollout ofCommon Core State Standard (CCSS) assessments, scheduled for 2014-15. As the deadline approaches, the complexities surrounding implementation of the standards and their accompanying assessments come into sharper focus. The issues listed below are hardly exhaustive, but they begin to convey the challenges of implementation facing our nation’s schools and ... more »

solidaridad: Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) endorse Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD School Board

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
solidaridad: Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) endorse Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD School Board: Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) endorse Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD School Board Precinct Walking January 19 and 26 by Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene Boyle Heights Precinct Walking Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD School Board by Robert D. Skeels Koreatown Precinct Walking Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD School Board by Robert D. Skeels Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) endorse Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD School Board by Robert D. Skeels About AALAThe Associ... more »

Best of the Ed Blogs | National Education Policy Center

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Best of the Ed Blogs | National Education Policy Center: Best of the Ed Blogs *Best of the Ed Blogs* features a frequently updated selection of interesting and insightful blog posts on education policy. The views expressed by the bloggers on our blog roll are thoughtful, original, and entirely their own. We hope you make *Best of the Ed Blogs* your first stop for concise takes on today's most important education topics. Assembled Pieces Reveal Disturbing Reform Picture Best of the Ed Blogs P.L. Thomas January 18, 2013 Reformers’ Narrative About Lagging U.S. Schools Covers Up Povert... more »

NYC Public School Parents: Parents beware! NY and eight other states plan to share your child’s confidential school records with private corporations without your consent!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
NYC Public School Parents: Parents beware! NY and eight other states plan to share your child’s confidential school records with private corporations without your consent!: Parents beware! NY and eight other states plan to share your child’s confidential school records with private corporations without your consent! by Leonie Haimson New York is one of five states that have *agreed to share confidential NYC student and teacher data* in Phase I with the “Shared Learning Collaborative” or SLC, a project of the Gates Foundation. - The other states and districts in Phase I inclu... more »

Diane in the Evening 1-18-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: Indiana Debates Dropping Out of Common Core by dianerav Friends and foes of the Common Core standards packed a meeting room in Indiana to discuss its future. This issue creates strange alliances. The new state superintendent Glenda Ritz opposes them. So does the Tea Party. But other hard-right conservatives like former superintendent Tony Bennett and Jeb Bush are strong advocates for CC. Mike Petrilli of the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute urged the legislators to stay the course because A Rhee Puzzle by dianerav With PBS preparing a documentar... more »

Teachers Don't Suck !: Evaluation By the Evaluated?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Teachers Don't Suck !: Evaluation By the Evaluated?: Evaluation By the Evaluated? by Walt S. When I taught at Middlesex County College, student evaluation forms were always issued along with the final exam. I thought, by enlarge, the results were a fair distribution of positive and negative remarks. (BTW - These all were anonymous evaluations and not used by the administration to grade instructors - as far as know anyway) One thing I liked about the form was the section asking about the student's efforts. This too, generally resulted in a fair distribution of honest respo... more »





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