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Big Education Ape TOP POSTS THIS WEEK 8/29/20 ‘Slaying Goliath’: Diane Ravitch argues in new book that public education advocates have beat back efforts to privatize schools - The Washington Post The real story of New Orleans and its charter schools - The Washington Post TOP POSTS THIS WEEK 8/22/20 #REDFORED #tbats #COVID-19 #REOPENSCHOOLSSAFELY #BidenHarris2020 #SAFETYFIRST As Schools Reopen, A
Mitchell Robinson: A Teacher's Summer (Off) Story… | Eclectablog
A Teacher's Summer (Off) Story… | Eclectablog A Teacher’s Summer (Off) Story… I got an email from our school’s business manager on Friday at 5:11pm with an “emergency request” to complete a new required training module. The deadline for completing this module? The following Monday morning. As usual, the “system” didn’t allow me to even start the training module–some sort of IT glitch I assume–so
Shawgi Tell: Cyber Charter School Disasters About to Worsen | Dissident Voice
Cyber Charter School Disasters About to Worsen | Dissident Voice Cyber Charter School Disasters About to Worsen Recent news reports suggest that more parents and students are flocking to privately-owned-operated online charter schools, presumably due to concerns about the “COVID Pandemic.” 1 Parents, students, teachers, and the public at large should be aware that: The overall “academic performan
Carol Burris: New York City Public Schools Should Re-Open | Diane Ravitch's blog
Carol Burris: New York City Public Schools Should Re-Open Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education and a retired high school principal and a grandmother, argues in this article that public schools in New York City should reopen. She speaks for herself, not for the Network for Public Education. NPE issued a statement calling for additional federal funds to enable the s
When can schools reopen under California coronavirus rules? - Los Angeles Times
When can schools reopen under new state rules? It’s all about color-coded tiers and waivers As coronavirus caseloads drop, the prospect of reopening schools improves, although new state guidelines will not lead to a quicker return to campus. In most counties, including Los Angeles, the new rules have no immediate effect on schools because disease rates remain too high . The new rules do not affe
Why Black teachers matter to Black and White kids -- book excerpt - The Washington Post
Why Black teachers matter to Black and White kids Fifteen years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept into Louisiana from the Gulf of Mexico and decimated parts of New Orleans, including its long-troubled school system. What rose in its place was a collection of charter schools that operated very differently from the district that preceded it. School reformers who supported charter schools — which are pu
Biden, Trump offer two distinct paths; for public education, there’s one clear choice - Education Votes
Biden, Trump offer two distinct paths; for public education, there’s one clear choice From the first day of the Republican National Convention, there were stark differences from the previous week’s speeches and messages directed at educators, parents, and students at the Democratic National Convention. Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris have focused on listening to educators and
Education Matters: In Florida, Choice is great unless it is the choice to stay safe and healthy or not
In Florida, Choice is great unless it is the choice to stay safe and healthy or not You know DCPS is saying the state has told them they can't release information about COVID cases in schools, which is reprehensible and I guess just dumb luck that weeks ago the district announced that was their policy too. Earlier this summer the district said unless schools close they weren't going to announce
First Group of HS Principals Ask to Go Remote | JD2718
First Group of HS Principals Ask to Go Remote Brooklyn was first. 216 High School Principals and APs August 27, 2020 TO: Mayor Bill De Blasio; Chancellor Richard Carranza, As our colleagues in other Districts have expressed in letters sent to you, and in solidarity with our union (CSA), the Principals and Assistant Principals of Brooklyn High Schools are deeply concerned. We are concerned by the
TODAY'S STATEMENT FROM THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT VETERANS -AUGUST 28, 2020 - DSA NORTH STAR
Building a global progressive network to combat fascism - DSA NORTH STAR TODAY'S STATEMENT FROM THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT VETERANS -AUGUST 28, 2020 August 28, 2020 Washington Post Fulfilling our Obligations, and Passing the Torch "When I was the rabbi of the Jewish community in Berlin under the Hitler regime, I learned many things. The most important thing that I learned under those tragic circum
NYC Educator: Magical Blended Teachers
Magical Blended Teachers It's taken me days to understand what the last DOE memo meant. I've discussed it with several people, I've been to a meeting, and now I finally get it. You have four kinds of teachers--you have the remote teacher, who teaches five full classes on line. You have the live teacher, who teaches five partial classes in person. Then you have the Blended Learning Remote teacher
“This is Not the End of Cities,” Cities are the Engines of Democracy, Innovation, and Growth and Schools Play a Major Role. | Ed In The Apple
“This is Not the End of Cities,” Cities are the Engines of Democracy, Innovation, and Growth and Schools Play a Major Role. | Ed In The Apple “This is Not the End of Cities,” Cities are the Engines of Democracy, Innovation, and Growth and Schools Play a Major Role. Former NYC mayor Giuliani at the Republican National Convention (RNC) railed against democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and
Meal Reimbursement Rates 2020–21 - Nutrition (CA Dept of Education)
Meal Reimbursement Rates 2020–21 On July 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the new reimbursement rates for the School Nutrition Programs (SNP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and Food Distribution Program (FDP). For detailed information on reimbursement rates, please see the California Department of Education (CDE) Child Nutrition Program (CNP) Meal Reimbu
IT GOING TO BE A LONG HARD JOURNEY – Dad Gone Wild
IT GOING TO BE A LONG HARD JOURNEY “Innumerable confusions and a profound feeling of despair invariably emerge in periods of great technological and cultural transitions. Our “Age of Anxiety” is, in great part, the result of trying to do today’s job with yesterday’s tools—with yesterday’s concepts.” ― Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage “There comes a time when time itself is ready for a
SSPI THURMOND STUFF THIS WEEK FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
California Department of Education Meal Reimbursement Rates 2020–21 13h Federal and State Meal Reimbursement Rates for School Nutrition Programs, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Food Distribution Program for School Year 2020–21. COVID-19: USDA Q&A for CNPs SY 2020-21, 5 14h On August 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released Policy Memorandum SP 24–2020, CACFP 13–2020,
A MAN WITH A PLAN Mr. G for District 3: Chris Guerrieri's Education Matters
Mr. G for District 3: Chris Guerrieri's Education Matters A MAN WITH A PLAN Mr. G for District 3: Chris Guerrieri's Education Matters AUG 26 DCPS hates politics except when they don't. 31 by Unknown / 2d I am completely in favor of the special referendum for our schools that voters will vote on this fall. I hope you are too, it is long overdue, however, I also hope you know that one of the reason
THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE)
NewBlackMan (in Exile) Progressive Prosecutor Satana Deberry Made History. Now the Real Fight Begins. by Mark Anthony Neal / 2d 'When Satana Deberry took the oath of office as district attorney of Durham County, North Carolina, in January 2019, it was a momentous occasion—for the city of Durham, and for her, as a Black woman elected to an office historically held by white men, whose “tough on cr
THIS WEEK Education Research Report
Education Research Report THIS WEEK Education Research Report Study: Student debt may hurt chances at full-time employment by Jonathan Kantrowitz / 2d UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON A recently published study led by The University of Texas at Arlington says that student debt may hurt students' chances of securing full-time employment due to added pressure in their job search. Ariane Froidevaux,
THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007
Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007 THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 Just Sent-Out Free Monthly Email Newsletter by Larry Ferlazzo / 8h geralt / Pixabay I’ve just mailed out the September issue of my very simple free monthly email newsletter . It has over
KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all Carol Burris: New York City Public Schools Should Re-Open by dianeravitch / 40min Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education and a retired high school principal and a grandmother, argues in this article that public schoo

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The Post Office, the Election and Social Media—Four Lessons | Teacher in a strange land
The Post Office, the Election and Social Media—Four Lessons This isn’t a blog about Our Beloved Post Office, or DeJoy the Impaler or even How to Vote. At its core, my ultimate point here is that Americans are terrible—godawful—media critics. And, consequently, our students–whom we frequently, jokingly label our on-site tech support–are floating in a sea of toxic TikTok spin and political sludge
Leadership committed to excellence and social justice | Cloaking Inequity
LEADERSHIP COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE The semester has started! In the midst of twin pandemics of racism and Covid-19, we must lead and be committed to excellence and social justice. We must demand that is of our educational leaders and our policymakers! I recently gave an opening address to the faculty and staff at the UK College of Education. Here are the thoughts I shared: I h
CURMUDGUCATION: Information Sources: Don't Quit Your Day Job
Information Sources: Don't Quit Your Day Job The New York Times just announced another "project" t o be embedded within the paper and funded by philanthropic types. It's not a new model; the Gates Foundation has been funding journalism "projects" for a while. This piece by Tim Schwab at the Columbia Journalism Review lays out in depressing detail just how large the Bill Gates Underwritten Journa
DeVos out of sight even as her signature school issue gets top billing at RNC - POLITICO
DeVos out of sight even as her signature school issue gets top billing at RNC The Education secretary didn’t even get a role in a convention video montage about the role of female leaders in the Trump administration. School choice is finally getting prime-time attention as President Donald Trump makes the issue a focal point of his reelection bid, appealing to parents clamoring for an alternativ
The Politics of Teaching: #BlackLivesMatter Edition – radical eyes for equity
The Politics of Teaching: #BlackLivesMatter Edition On a social media group for educators, a teacher asked for clarification about the legal grounds for an administrator requesting that the teacher remove #BlackLivesMatter and LGBTQ+ support posters from their room. The responses were illuminating since they tended to drift toward larger and different concerns about ideology and of course the st
As Schools Reopen, A New Tool Tracks Coronavirus Cases As They Emerge : Shots - Health News : NPR
How Many Coronavirus Cases Are Happening In Schools? This Tracker Keeps Count Teacher Alisha Morris created an interactive tracker of coronavirus in schools, current through Aug. 23, including this map, created by another volunteer. The National Education Association will now take on updates to the database. US schools tracker/Screenshot by NPR Looking for a snapshot of coronavirus outbreaks in
Teacher Tom: "Just In Time" Education
" Just In Time" Education Little boxes on the hillside Little boxes made of ticky tacky Little boxes on the hillside Little boxes all the same There's a pink one and a green one And a blue one and a yellow one And they're all made out of ticky tacky And they all look just the same ~Malvina Reynolds One of the theories underpinning "normal" education is that children need a "foundation" upon whic
CURMUDGUCATION: The Zero Sum Game
The Zero Sum Game I'm feeling a little dumb at the moment, because a light bulb just went on that should have gone on a while ago. I was having the same conversation I've had many times. "Charters and vouchers and public schools could absolutely coexist. There's no reason it has to be a zero sum game," said someone. And I agree, sort of. There are some things that can't help being zero sum, like
Current news from the California Department of Education (CDE)
California Department of Education Current news from the California Department of Education (CDE) School Year 2020–21 Annual Update—Fourth Notice 19h The California Department of Education (CDE) has opened the School Nutrition Programs (SNP) Annual Update in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) for School Year (SY) 2020–21 (July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021). CDE CACFP Web
A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007
Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007 Big Education Ape: THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2020/08/this-week-in-education-larry-ferlazzos_22.html “Strategies for Embracing Anti-Racist Work in Our Classrooms” by Larry Fe
DID YOU MISS DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG TODAY? A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all DID YOU MISS DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG TODAY? A site to discuss better education for all Big Education Ape: KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2020/08/keep-up-catch-up-with-diane-ravitchs_22.html Today is the Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washin
Second Judge Blocks Flow of CARES Act Dollars to Private Schools. Will Public Schools Ever See the Money Congress Intended for Them? | janresseger
Second Judge Blocks Flow of CARES Act Dollars to Private Schools. Will Public Schools Ever See the Money Congress Intended for Them? While the Republican Party announced the themes of the Republican Convention—“Monday is ‘Land of Promise,’ Tuesday is ‘Land of Opportunity,’ Wednesday is ‘Land of Heroes’ and Thursday is ‘Land of Greatness.'”—the Convention instead dramatized a very old theme: the
NYC Educator: Mayor de Blasio Uses 1.1 Million Children as Guinea Pigs
Mayor de Blasio Uses 1.1 Million Children as Guinea Pigs Sometimes you see something so unbelievable that you have to check it twice to make sure you saw it right. When I saw a headline declaring indoor dining would depend on how school reopening goes , I had to look twice. This is remarkable from a mayor whose watchwords have been "equity and excellence." But in Bill de Blasio's New York, some
Confessions of a School Reformer (Part 6) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Confessions of a School Reformer (Part 6) This is the last post of a series drawn from “Confessions of a School Reformer,” a book I am now writing. Parts 1 , 2 , 3, 4 , and 5 describe my entry into classroom teaching beginning in 1955 and ending in 1972. In August 1968, no longer teaching at Roosevelt High School, I resigned from the full-time job I had at federal Commission on Civil Rights (CCR
Open Letter: Prioritize Instruction AND Safety | JD2718
Open Letter: Prioritize Instruction AND Safety This petition gets it right. Read it here (or read it below, but the numbering is a little weird.) And then sign here . August 25, 2020 TO: Mayor Bill De Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza, We are two weeks away from the beginning of the school year and the DOE has yet to provide clear actionable support for instructional planning and programmin
Betsy DeVos & the Death of the GOP | The Merrow Report
Betsy DeVos & the Death of the GOP If you weren’t already convinced that the Republican Party was Donald Trump’s personal property, the 2020 Republican National Convention demonstrated that–lock, stock & barrel–the party of Dwight Eisenhower, John McCain, the two Bush presidents, Ronald Reagan, and Abraham Lincoln no longer exists. How did this happen? Will historians be able to point to a momen
EDUCATION MALPRACTICE? – Dad Gone Wild
EDUCATION MALPRACTICE? 50, there is a new warmth and mellowing. Friends become more important than ever, but so does privacy. Since it is so often proclaimed by people past midlife, the motto of this stage might be “No more bullshit. Gail Sheehy, Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life “Status seekers, I never cared Once I found out they never dared To seize the world and shake it upside down

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The Lesson Kids Are Learning from Reckless School Reopenings: YOU DON’T MATTER | gadflyonthewallblog
The Lesson Kids Are Learning from Reckless School Reopenings: YOU DON’T MATTER Let’s say you’re an American school child. It’s the first day of school. Your parents dress you in your best new outfit – maybe a nice pink jumper with a unicorn on it. They help you tie your new sneakers – that’s right, two loops and a knot. Then they put a surgical mask snugly over your mouth and nose, adhere a clea
US schools revamp curricula in response to Black Lives Matter | Daily Mail Online
US schools are changing their curriculum in response to Black Lives Matter as survey finds 81% of teachers support the movement BLM AT SCHOOL https://www.blacklivesmatteratschool.com/ US schools are altering their curricula to include more focus on black history and experiences It comes as a direct response to the Black Lives Matter protests this summer There were increased demands for teaching
‘Broken Windows’ Approach To Teaching Is Breaking Our Schools - PopularResistance.Org
‘BROKEN WINDOWS’ APPROACH TO TEACHING IS BREAKING OUR SCHOOLS Students Of Color Are Harmed The Most . Students of color received instrumental interactions geared at conditioning them to become obedient at all times, to navigate white supremacy without challenging it. In the fight for racial justice, teachers have a heavy job, for schools are both microcosms of, and preparation for, society. Beca
John Thompson: Oklahoma Politicians Mumbling about the Coronavirus | Diane Ravitch's blog
John Thompson: Oklahoma Politicians Mumbling about the Coronavirus John Thompson is a historian and retired teacher in Oklahoma. He writes: The McAlester Public Schools are in the Oklahoma county where COVID is now #1 in the state in per capita COVID infections. A week before the scheduled opening, McAlester reports five positives linked to football. But its schools will still provide in-person
NYC Educator: Profiles in Stupid--Remote Teachers Without Accommodation to Work from Buildings
Profiles in Stupid--Remote Teachers Without Accommodation to Work from Buildings No, there's no school calendar. The Tweedies are occupied with Very Important Stuff and can't be bothered with frivlities like telling us when we have to work. This week, Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza, with two weeks to go before schools are supposed to open, have finally decided to check the ventilation i
Current news from the California Department of Education (CDE)
California Department of Education Current news from the California Department of Education (CDE) Support for Schools Amid Wildfires and Emergencies 14h Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding support for schools impacted by wildfires and emergencies. SBE August 2020 Information Memoranda 14h Background information and updates on issues of interes
A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007
Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007 Big Education Ape: THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2020/08/this-week-in-education-larry-ferlazzos_22.html New “Immersive Mixed Reality Video” From The Weather Channel: “Hurricane
Teacher Tom: Man, I Was Not Ready for This Pandemic
Man, I Was Not Ready for This Pandemic Man, I was not ready for this pandemic. Not at all. Up until March, my life revolved around being in the physical presence of other people, usually packed together in classrooms, airports and airplanes, hotels, conference rooms, restaurants, concerts, and dance floors. Indeed, I could not have been less well prepared for staying home, isolating, and distanc
Center for Reinventing Public Education the Billionaires’ Advocate | tultican
Center for Reinventing Public Education the Billionaires’ Advocate By Thomas Ultican 8/26/2020 In 1993, Political Science Professor Paul T. Hill established the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs on the University of Washington campus. The research group Hill founded is steeped in public school failure ideology. On their web site Hill l
Education Matters: DCPS hates politics except when they don't.
DCPS hates politics except when they don't I am completely in favor of the special referendum for our schools that voters will vote on this fall. I hope you are too, it is long overdue, however, I also hope you know that one of the reasons the district has chosen to risk lives is because of the referendum. I would bet dollars to doughnuts that Greene was scared it might not pass if we didn't ope
CURMUDGUCATION: Education Law Center: States Are Using Fed Grants To Cut Education Spending
Education Law Center: States Are Using Fed Grants To Cut Education Spending According to the folks at the Education Law Center , states are repeating the sins of a decade ago. Let me explain. Pity Tom Corbett. He became one of the few Pennsylvania one term governors, and he lost in no small part because he was accused of cutting education spending by a billion dollars . And he sort of did, but h
How should we talk to people who are afraid? | JD2718
How should we talk to people who are afraid? UFT members have begun to talk about job actions, especially after Michael Mulgrew mentioned them on tv. There are people who are excited – I don’t get that. Job actions are last resorts. They mean that all other means have broken down, and that something is very wrong. And yes, today something is very wrong. There are people who are expressing reluct
Anti-masking: The Subtext of White Privilege and Addictive Thinking – educationalchemy
Anti-masking: The Subtext of White Privilege and Addictive Thinking Whiteness and Anti-masking It’s not surprising that the population who refuse to accept the full scope of Covid19, the anti-masker group, intersect with the same population who own and deny their White Privilege. It’s not emanating from communities of color. It’s not emanating from non-Western countries. It’s as white [1] and “A

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Why are Republicans suddenly so obsessed with school choice?
School Choice Was the Main Policy Mentioned at Monday’s RNC. Why? Almost every speaker mentioned school choice by name. The first night of the Republican National Convention was extremely light on policy talk. The party put together no platform this year, opting instead to draft a simple resolution declaring its intent to support whatever Donald Trump decides he wants to do. So, instead of mount
Without Physical Connection to School - LA Progressive
Without Physical Connection to School How Do Large School Districts Check On Kids During Virtual Learning? A cross the country , the school year is fast approaching or has already arrived. Some students will set foot in a classroom for the first time since mid-March, but for far more of America’s youth, the fall term will begin on a computer screen in their bedroom. Virtual learning has academic
The Webinar You’ve Been Waiting For: Alison McDowell, Joseph Gonzalez, and Incite Seminars Present “Level-Up” – Wrench in the Gears
The Webinar You’ve Been Waiting For: Alison McDowell, Joseph Gonzalez, and Incite Seminars Present “Level-Up” This past Saturday Joseph and I facilitated a 3.5 hour seminar about a possible future where the masses are forced to navigate a gamified militaristic panopticon as human capital impact commodities. This shift is being triggered by the mass immiseration resulting from the global response
NYC is not ready to open schools – It’s not just about testing | JD2718
NYC is not ready to open schools – It’s not just about testing Mayor de Blasio insists schools will open for students September 10. The UFT says not so fast. The CSA (principals union) has called for a remote opening. The UFT wants to open, but only if a safety checklist gets met. Mulgrew: We have a responsibility to try to reopen school buildings because the infection rate in New York City is s
Teachers Organize As States And Counties Conceal COVID-19 Outbreaks At Schools - PopularResistance.Org
TEACHERS ORGANIZE AS STATES AND COUNTIES CONCEAL COVID-19 OUTBREAKS AT SCHOOLS Using the fraudulent pretext of “protecting medical privacy,” a growing number of states and school districts across the United States are deliberately concealing information from the public on COVID-19 outbreaks in schools that have reopened. These include the states of Maine, Virginia and Oklahoma, as well as Camden
Bill Phillis: Vouchers Fail in Ohio | Diane Ravitch's blog
Bill Phillis: Vouchers Fail in Ohio Bill Phillis, founder of the Ohio Coalition for Adequacy and Equity and a vocal supporter of public schools, writes here about an investigation of vouchers by the Cincinnati Enquirer. The report echoed the findings of academic research: students in public schools get higher test scores than those in voucher schools. Vouchers don’t “save” children. They don’t “
Teacher Tom: Why I Worry About "Loose Parts"
Why I Worry About "Loose Parts" I suppose I'm happy that the concept of "loose parts" play has taken the early childhood world by storm these past few years. It seems like not a day goes by that I don't discover a website dedicated to loose parts play, or a loose parts workshop for teachers, or a new book that will help us better understand it. Of course, it's an idea that's been around since th
Republican Plutocrats Hold a Convention that Fans Fear, Racism and Rage | janresseger
Republican Plutocrats Hold a Convention that Fans Fear, Racism and Rage Despite its sensational title, Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson’s new book, Let Them Eat Tweets , is a basic and thorough examination of what we are watching in this week’s Republican Convention. Hacker is a respected professor of political science at Yale and Pierson at the University of California at Berkeley. Their new book,
Confessions of a Reformer (Part 5) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Confessions of a Reformer (Part 5) This series of posts is called “Confessions of a School Reformer,” a book I am now writing. Parts 1 , 2 , 3, and 4 describe my entry into classroom teaching beginning in 1955 and ending in 1972. So this post continues Part 4. The King assassination On April 4 th , the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis (TN) where he was supporting sanitation workers’
The devaluation of assets in black neighborhoods
The devaluation of assets in black neighborhoods The case of residential property Homeownership lies at the heart of the American Dream, representing success, opportunity, and wealth. However, for many of its citizens, America deferred that dream. For much of the 20th century, the devaluing of black lives led to segregation and racist federal housing policy through redlining that shut out chance
PDK Poll: Majority of Public Wants Greater Federal Support for Education
Poll: Majority of Public Wants Greater Federal Support for Education The U.S. general public is sharply divided over most public policy issues, including education. Still, according to the just-released 2020 PDK International Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools , a strong majority say they want the federal government to take on more active role in helping school districts hi

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NYC Public School Parents: The continuing influence of the Gates Foundation on mainstream media reporting and the NY Times in particular
The continuing influence of the Gates Foundation on mainstream media reporting and the NY Times in particular Reporter Tim Schwab just had a must-read piece in the Columbia Journalism Review about how the Gates Foundation provides grants to news outlets such as NPR, BBC, NBC, Al Jazeera, ProPublica , National Journal , The Guardian , Univision, Medium , the Financial Times , The Atlantic , the T
Russ on Reading: The First Day of School in a Pandemic
The First Day of School in a Pandemic In my lifetime, I have experienced 67 first days of school. For me this has always been a joyous time. When I was a student, it was a chance to renew old acquaintances, meet new people, and start new adventures. As a teacher, I always looked forward to meeting and getting to know new students and learning their names and what made them tick and seeing if the
Fear and Loathing in Remote Learning - LA Progressive
Fear and Loathing in Remote Learning I understand. I have four kids of my own. 12, 9, 5, and 4. Three of my littles are in remote learning. One is a middle schooler. So, yes, I understand what you’re going through completely. Remote learning has started, it isn’t working, it won’t work, and it’s awful. But it’s not going anywhere. So, let’s find some silver linings, and quickly, because the whin
Disastrous US School Openings Lead To 2,500 Infections Across 44 States - PopularResistance.Org
DISASTROUS US SCHOOL OPENINGS LEAD TO 2,500 INFECTIONS ACROSS 44 STATES Within weeks, the reopening of schools across the United States has already become a complete catastrophe. Outside of the mobilization of educators, parents and the broader working class to halt this homicidal policy, there will be rapid acceleration of the spread of the deadly COVID-19 disease throughout every region of the
An Open Letter to Biden and Harris from Washington State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction | Diane Ravitch's blog
An Open Letter to Biden and Harris from Washington State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, state superintendent of public instruction in Washington State, published this excellent letter to the Democratic candidates. It overflows with wisdom and common sense. An Open Letter to the Biden-Harris Ticket: Mr. Vice President and Senator Harris, there is so much at stake with this
A lesson on QAnon for teachers to use in class - The Washington Post
A lesson on QAnon for teachers to use in class During the school year, I publish lessons from the nonprofit News Literacy Project , which aims to teach students how to distinguish fact from fiction in the age of digital communication and a president who routinely denounces real news as “fake.” The lessons come from the project’s newsletter , the Sift, which takes the most recent viral rumors, co
Pandemic Pedagogy: The New Normal? – radical eyes for equity
Pandemic Pedagogy: The New Normal? The evening before the first day of school for students, a high school teacher opened their district email to discover that the schedule for International Baccalaureate (IB) students had changed. Again. That new schedule is also layered onto the tentative district-wide pandemic schedule that has four color-coded waves of students, divided by last names, who att
Teacher Tom: A Lifetime of Learning in Every Moment
A Lifetime of Learning in Every Moment A couple days ago, while walking our dog in South Lake Union Park, my wife and I had to dodge a champagne cork. Drinking alcohol in the park is expressly forbidden during normal times, but, of course, these are anything but normal times. As the cork bounced harmlessly past us, several people from the large family group that had gathered to celebrate a loved
2020 Medley #18 – Non-pandemic issue | Live Long and Prosper
2020 Medley #18 – Non-pandemic issue I only have four articles to share today. I had dozens, but most dealt with the ongoing problem of teaching during a pandemic. I also found that I had a lot to say about each of the four articles I chose, so fewer seemed better. GUILT AND LOSS IN RETIREMENT To Teachers Contemplating Retirement I read once that the most common cause of death for men in America
Doug Harris’ Book, Charter School City ((Shaking My Head)) | deutsch29
Doug Harris’ Book, Charter School City ((Shaking My Head)) Education Research Alliance of New Orleans (ERA) founder Doug Harris has published a book about the primarily-post-Katrina charterization of New Orleans public schools, Charter School City (University of Chicago Press, July 2020). Harris’ book is endorsed by Former US ed sec Arne Duncan : “The schools in New Orleans have gotten better fa
Does the Hybrid School Re-Opening Need a “Pre-Season”? | Ed In The Apple
Does the Hybrid School Re-Opening Need a “Pre-Season”? Mayor League baseball players gather a month before the first game for spring training, the NFL players have been practicing for a few weeks before the early September first game. In spite of mounting pressure from the unions representing teachers, principals and other school workers the mayor and the school chancellor refuse to move to a ph
DID YOU MISS DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG TODAY? A site to discuss better education for all
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Application Information - Commissions & Committees (CA Dept of Education)
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Virtual suspensions. Mask rules. More trauma. Why some worry a student discipline crisis is on the horizon - Chalkbeat
Virtual suspensions. Mask rules. More trauma. Why some worry a student discipline crisis is on the horizon As America’s students head back into their virtual or real-life classrooms, new rules await. In Jacksonville, Florida, students who don’t wear a mask repeatedly could be removed from school and made to learn online. In some Texas districts, intentionally coughing on someone can be classifie
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CURMUDGUCATION: Trump's Education Agenda
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In This 2020-21 Pedagogical Twilight Zone, Value Relationship. | deutsch29
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A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007
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CATCH UP WITH CURMUDGUCATION + ICYMI: My Wife's Summer Vacation Ends Edition (8/23)
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NYC Educator: Strike or Die- It’s Our Choice
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NewBlackMan (in Exile) TODAY
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A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007
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GUEST POST: We Must Maintain a Suitable System of Free Public Schools, Chris Goering – radical eyes for equity
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“Confessions of a School Reformer” (Part 4) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
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CURMUDGUCATION: Grammar Police, Go Home
Grammar Police, Go Home Grammar and usage are two different things, and understanding the difference can be a huge help in untying some linguistic knots and navigating some linguistic swamps of the English kind. Because the "grammar police" are almost never policing grammar; they're enforcing something else entirely. And yes-- if you stick around for this, you'll get some of the same stuff my st
School Officials Should Pass Safer Reopening Plans, Not Beg For Protection From Liability | gadflyonthewallblog
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