Friday, December 27, 2013

The Ten Best Books on My (Pretty Long) List for 2013 - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher

The Ten Best Books on My (Pretty Long) List for 2013 - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher:

The Ten Best Books on My (Pretty Long) List for 2013



Many bloggy friends have been tallying up and promoting their best-of  lists and top ten mega-traffic posts.  Doing that produces a bump in numbers, I suppose--but I feel as ambivalent about blog numbers as I do about achievement data. I've read some passionate, articulate thinking on education issues from virtually unknown teachers--and found some pieces with thousands of re-tweets shallow and poorly written.
What feeds me is reading, not being read--although I certainly appreciate everyone who reads "Teacher in a Strange Land" and especially those who comment and share. 
Back in January, 2012, my friend Claudia Swisher--a high school English teacher who taught the all-time dream course for Language Arts educators, Reading for Pleasure--challenged me to read 150 books in 2012. I thought that was beyond my grasp (it was), and re-set my personal bar to 125 books. I made it, barely.
This year, Claudia's retired and not reading five hours a day in school, but still way ahead of me in our friendly competition. We both use Goodreads to log our books, critique and rate completed volumes, one to five stars. My goal this year is 135 books (I have a couple left to go). I just sorted my 2013 reads by stars granted, and found 35 five-star reads. I suppose you could say I'm an easy 

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Califather Live! Hannah Nguyen crashing Michelle Rhee’s party (Show Starts 1 Min In) | California Father

Califather Live! (Show Starts 1 Min In) | California Father:

Hi, folks. This is my first “studio” (actually my shed, but hey) live streaming effort. Watch me talk about Hannah Nguyen crashing Michelle Rhee’s party. Watch for upcoming eps!
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Tyrrany of a tiny minority | BCS in Context

Tyrrany of a tiny minority | BCS in Context:

Tyrrany of a tiny minority




 Democracy settles differences between competing visions of public life, so after every election there are inevitably happy winners and unhappy losers.
Under our traditional “50%-plus-1” majority rule, a whopping “50%-minus-1” losing minority could feel jilted after an election, which is an awful lot of unhappiness within a community. Rarely are ballots evenly split, so the unhappy losing camp is usually far less than half the number of voters.
Here in the US, mythic birthplace and bastion of ‘majority rule,’ we sometimes intentionally allow a minority to win on election day. This was possible in LASD a couple years ago when we voted on Measure E, the school parcel tax increase. If just one third of voters had voted against Measure E it would have failed, since a two thirds supermajority is required for such tax measures. (Luckily, Measure E passed, but only just barely.)
Allowing a one-third minority to overrule majority sentiment is like political leverage; each No vote cancels out two Yes votes.
Parcel tax measures require a two-thirds majority Yes vote, and so can be particularly difficult to pass, because even semi-organized opposition can be hard to overcome even if it isn’t richly funded. But “one-third/two-thirds” is the farthest we stray from majority rule. We would never dream of allowing a 10% minority camp to win over a 90% majority. That 

DailyCensored com – "The tragedy of the Public Commons": California City College and the neo-enclosure movement in education

DailyCensored.com – Breaking Censored News, World, Independent, Liberal News"The tragedy of the Public Commons": California City College and the neo-enclosure movement in education:

“The tragedy of the Public Commons”: California City College and the neo-enclosure movement in education

 
Readers who are familiar with the controversy over the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and theAccrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) (ACCJC’s) failure to accredit the once community college, are also familiar with the Lumina Foundation and the role it played in assuring that CCSF would not be re-accredited.
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College and university the accrediting agencies are much like stock rating agencies: they are in the hands of the one percent.  Moody’s (owned by Warrens Buffet) and Standard and Poors or Fitch all ‘rate’ stocks.  Look how they rated the sub-prime mortgage stocks (Triple A) or Enron.  They work for Wall Street and are faux ‘agencies’ designed to dupe the public into thinking they provide some ‘oversight’.  I am reminded of car and auto magazines which rate ‘cars and trucks’.  They too are endorsed and run by industry.
The same is true for the agencies that accredit colleges.  They are tied into the Wall Street mob, like the Lumina Foundation, which poses as a public charity when in fact it is founded on the sound principles of advocacy philanthropy designed to decimate the public commons in exchange for public largess.  In North Carolina, American Legislative Exchange Council members (ALEC), working with Kaplan University, a for-profit scam even passed laws which turned college accrediting agencies over to for-profit colleges (http://truth-out.org/news/item/9317-did-kaplan-lobby-to-deregulate-for-profit-colleges-while-one-of-its-schools-defrauded-students).

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Occupied’ accrediting agencies now work to assure that colleges and universities dance to the tune of Wall Street investors.  If they do not, then they become as did CCSF, targets and low hanging fruit for the silk backed 

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Charter schools fight pension proposal - SFGate
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Why Do UFT Retirees Get to Vote in UFT Elections? southbronxschool.com
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NYC Public School Parents: Our nine most popular posts in 2013
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Year End Resolution Failure | My Island View
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Morning Wink 12-27-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: How about telling the Tale of 2 Cities in Chicago?
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12-27-13 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data
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12-27-13 teacherken at Daily Kos: Eugene Robinson on The GOP’s growing divide
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12-27-13 @ The Chalk Face
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“Creative Disruption” Destroys Public Education in Chicago’s Bronzeville | janresseger
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empathyeducates – Education Reform: Our Field, Our Voices Simply Do Not Matter
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The Weekly Update: The corporate empire of public education and where that leaves the rest of us, ALEC, Gates and charter schools | Seattle Education
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Petition circulates to appoint former administrator to L.A. school board | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC
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Some Governors and Common Core: “Hot Friends Cooling” | deutsch29
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Why School Reform Advocates Aren’t So Businesslike After All | TIME.com
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Nite Cap 12-26-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
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