Tuesday, December 27, 2011

What Meat-Industry's Meatingplace Won't Tell You About LA School Lunches | MyFDL

What Meat-Industry's Meatingplace Won't Tell You About LA School Lunches | MyFDL:

What Meat-Industry’s Meatingplace Won’t Tell You About LA School Lunches

School Lunch (image: krikketgirl/flickr)

School Lunch (image: krikketgirl/flickr)

You could smell the schadenfreude — not that most of big-meat-industry organ Meatingplace’s readers or writers would know the word, much less be able to spell it — a mile away (full article viewable by free subscription only):

Participation in the [LA Unified School District's] lunch program, which serves 650,000 meals daily, dropped by the thousands, and principals reported uneaten meals thrown away en masse.

This was after the district switched to a healthier menu and ditched things like strawberry-flavored milk.

But here’s what Meatingplace — which cribbed its piece from a Los Angeles Times article — won’t tell you: The

Standardized Testing & Creative Thinking | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Standardized Testing & Creative Thinking | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…:

Standardized Testing & Creative Thinking

An interesting piece in the Huffington Post titled The Education Reform Paradox and the Extinction of Higher Level Thinking Skills led me to another article in The Week, which included this section:

While IQ scores are indisputably on the rise, American creativity levels are bottoming out. Analysis of the results of the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking suggests that the creative abilities of American children have been spiraling downward for almost 20 years. The Torrance tests analyze young children’s ability to come up with original ideas and put them into practice. Kyung Hee Kim, an assistant professor at the College of William & Mary School of Education, found that scores on Torrance tests taken by children up to 6th grade between 1968 and 2008 showed a steady decline after 1990.

That’s a serious issue at a time when creative thinking is among the most desperately needed skills in the

Does School Audit = School Accountability? I Don’t Think So! « Diary of a Public School Teacher!

Does School Audit = School Accountability? I Don’t Think So! « Diary of a Public School Teacher!:

Does School Audit = School Accountability? I Don’t Think So!

PREDICTIONS FOR 2012 « Teachers Fight Back

PREDICTIONS FOR 2012 « Teachers Fight Back:


1. The hot topic for teacher workshops will be about overcoming the stereotype that girls are not as interested in, and adept at math and science as boys.

2. Several states will begin to legalize internet gambling and tax it as an additional source of revenue to fund schools.

3. There will be a shortage of teachers as many of the older ones take early retirement because of their disgust with the “teach to the test mentality”.

4. The notion that teacher salaries and pensions have contributed to the financial demise of the states will begin to disappear as the economy improves.

5. The old inner city school buildings that need replacing because of structural problems will be rebuilt as

Uncensored: A Lost Article about the Save Our Schools March | The Jose Vilson

Uncensored: A Lost Article about the Save Our Schools March | The Jose Vilson:

Uncensored: A Lost Article about the Save Our Schools March

Jose Vilson and Pedro Noguera at SOS March

I don’t usually do this, but you’re my people. On August 2nd, GOOD Magazine published an article ostensiblywritten by yours truly … with almost half the article chopped off. I won’t get into reasons why things went missing because a) I still don’t agree with Michelle Rhee, b) the person who cut the piece in half isn’t the person I usually work with on these GOOD pieces, and c) I’m about to publish this joint for you all anyways. Enjoy the uncensored version of “A Bee You Cannot Eat: Education Reform After the SOS March.”

When five thousand educators, parents, students, and other denizens concerned with the state of education come to Washington, DC ready to respond to the call for change, you respond. When these people come together in a coalition for educational social justice and activist, you listen. When you’re prompted as a teacher to speak on behalf of these thousands and the many more who couldn’t show up, you stand up and represent

Battling Anew Over the Place of Religion in Public Schools - NYTimes.com

Battling Anew Over the Place of Religion in Public Schools - NYTimes.com:

Battling Anew Over the Place of Religion in Public Schools

Susan Sawyers: FoundED

Susan Sawyers: FoundED:

Susan Sawyers



Posted: 12/27/11 07:30 PM ET

Today's favorable income tax rates make it attractive for the mega-rich to give their dollars away. But how much of this private funding for social good wields influence over public policy? If and when it does, especially given budget shortfalls in public education, is this bad? Add to that the idea of socially responsible investing, which partners social good with financial returns. The thing is, it's not easy to give away money well and it's harder not to be criticized for motives or mechanics.

With the season of giving upon us, I've got my eye on foundations funding education stories, the who, the what, the why and a bit of but.. Here's a roundup of

State says districts without evaluation deals to lose funds Jan. 1 | GothamSchools

State says districts without evaluation deals to lose funds Jan. 1 | GothamSchools:

State says districts without evaluation deals to lose funds Jan. 1

The State Education Department will cut districts off from one pot of federal funds within days unless they settle on new teacher evaluations for some struggling schools.

In a move that the state teachers union called “an arbitrary exercise of brinksmanship,” State Education Commissioner John King issued the threat today to New York City and nine other school districts that are receiving School Improvement Grants to overhaul their lowest-performing schools.

King said all but two had not met the requirements to continue receiving the funds — most notably, the requirement to hammer out agreements on new teacher evaluation systems. Those agreements are supposed to

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