Thursday, May 29, 2014

5-29-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher

Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.:



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Maxine Greene, December 23, 1917—May 29, 2014
Maxine Greene was a major influence on my teaching. I had the great fortune to not only come upon her books (Variations on a Blue Guitar, Releasing the Imagination, The Dialectic of Freedom) as an art student and student of education (I have my mentor, Bill Schubert to thank for that), I also had the good fortune to listen her lectures and to have met her on several occasions. A long and fruitful


Today was my last teaching day. What?
For the love of the game. Today was my last teaching day for the school year. “What? You retired from teaching two years ago.” True. But every Thursday from January to June I volunteer to teach ukulele to a mixed age class of kindergarten and first graders in Little Village. No assessment to be done. No Common Core to worry about. No accountability. Except the looks on my student faces. Trust me.


Dear President Obama. “We are alarmed at the impact of excessive testing,” said Maya Angelou
President Barack Obama The White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama, We the undersigned children’s book authors and illustrators write to express our concern for our readers, their parents and teachers. We are alarmed at the negative impact of excessive school testing mandates, including your Administration’s own initiatives, on children’s love of reading and literature. Recent polic


5-28-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Moral Monday in North Carolina. The Tillis 15. “We shall not be moved.”. RALEIGH, NC – Hundreds of North Carolinians showed up yesterday to lobby their state legislators to repent for the harm they have caused, to repeal the flood of extreme policies passed last year and to restore confidence in our e


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