Saturday, February 20, 2021

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Big Education Ape: Mathilda Beasley, Black Educator Hall of Fame - Philly's 7th Ward - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/mathilda-beasley-black-educator-hall-of.html


Big Education Ape: Told Ya This Would Happen – Tennessee Education Report - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/told-ya-this-would-happen-tennessee.html


Big Education Ape: Good News from New Hampshire: Legislature Postpones Voucher Bill to Next Year | Diane Ravitch's blog - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/good-news-from-new-hampshire.html


Big Education Ape: How the pandemic has altered school discipline — perhaps forever - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/how-pandemic-has-altered-school.html


Cartoons about Teaching during Covid-19 | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Cartoons about Teaching during Covid-19 Cartoonists, no doubt working from home during the pandemic, have continued to dip their pens in ink (and clicked through their software) to capture life in and out of schools during Covid-19. I bring to you ones that got me to grimace, smile, grin, and even laugh. Enjoy! Signe cartoon TOON19 Summer Slide Schools MORE CARTOONS: Cartoons about Teaching duri
WHAT YOU SEE, AIN’T ALWAYS WHAT YOU GET – Dad Gone Wild
WHAT YOU SEE, AIN’T ALWAYS WHAT YOU GET “Sometimes I aint so sho who’s got ere a right to say when a man is crazy and when he aint. Sometimes I think it aint none of us pure crazy and aint none of us pure sane until the balance of us talks him that-a-way. It’s like it aint so much what a fellow does, but it’s the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it.” ― William Faulkner, A
School Board Candidate Blasts District, Superintendent, & Board In Explosive Public Comment | Exceptional Delaware
School Board Candidate Blasts District, Superintendent, & Board In Explosive Public Comment At the last school board meeting on Wednesday, February 17th for the Smyrna Board of Education, Diane Eastburn gave a public comment for the ages. While announcing she would be running for the open seat on the school board, Eastburn trashed the district. Eastburn is a frequent advocate for students with d
Georgia: Civil Rights Groups Oppose Voucher Legislation | Diane Ravitch's blog
Georgia: Civil Rights Groups Oppose Voucher Legislation Civil rights groups, led by the Southern Education Foundation, are opposing the voucher legislation proposed by Republicans in Georgia. SEF leads opposition to education savings account bill introduced in Georgia legislature One of the first pieces of legislation introduced in the Georgia legislature in 2021 was the Georgia Educational Scho
Education Matters: CATCH UP WITH MR. G - THIS WEEK IN DCPS
Education Matters CATCH UP WITH MR. G THIS WEEK IN DCPS This week in Ron DeSantis, he blasts CDC guidelines, threatens to withhold vaccines and lies about the pandemic. 60 by Unknown / 1d Ron DeSantis is a menace, before the pandemic is over he will be responsible for tens of thousands of deaths. From WCJB.com, DeSantis is calling it a “disgrace.” He says these new guidelines are not rooted in sc
THIS WEEK'S WILDNESS Dad Gone Wild Nobody reads it, everybody quotes it
Dad Gone Wild – Nobody reads it, everybody quotes it. . WHAT YOU SEE, AIN’T ALWAYS WHAT YOU GET by TC Weber / 18h “Sometimes I aint so sho who’s got ere a right to say when a man is crazy and when he aint. Sometimes I think it aint none of us pure crazy and aint none of us pure sane until the balance of us talks him that-a-way. It’s like it aint so much what a fellow does, but it’s the way the ma
TENNESSEE EDUCATION REPORT
TENNESSEE EDUCATION REPORT EDUCATION POLITICS AND POLICY IN THE VOLUNTEER STATE Told Ya This Would Happen 45 by Andy Spears / 15h Back in July, I wrote a post about a newly-created political action committee (PAC) that seemed to be formed by Tennesseans for Student Success. You may recall that Tennesseans for Student Success is the dark money group behind a serious of insidious attacks on any le
TEACHER TOM THIS WEEK IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Teacher Tom In the End the Goal is Not Literacy, It's Understanding 200+ 1d A "Big, Big Poop" and Speaking the Names of the Gods 400+ 2d Without Emotions Rational Thought is Impossible 500+ 2d ****** Tired of butting heads with kids? Scolding them? Bossing them around? Do you feel like they just don't listen? Sign up now for my new 6-part e-course, The Technology of Speaking With Children So The
SSPI TONY THURMOND: STUFF THIS WEEK FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
California Department of Education SSPI TONY THURMOND STUFF THIS WEEK FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Mandatory SFSP Training Coming in March 2d California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division (NSD) Community Nutrition Programs Unit (CNPU) is pleased to announce that the 2021 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) annual online Mandatory Training will be available in March
THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE) #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
NewBlackMan (in Exile) THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE) What Was Lost and What Can Be Gained? On Coloniality and Planetary Black Citizenship by Mark Anthony Neal / 12h 'Historian Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni on colonialism's deep (ongoing) legacy of dehumanization, the exclusionary nation-state and his article Black Citizenship and the Problem of "Coloniality" for Black Agenda Report's Black Ci
THIS WEEK Education Research Report
Education Research Report Study: Including videos in college teaching may improve student learning by Jonathan Kantrowitz / 1d As higher education institutions worldwide transition to new methods of instruction, including the use of more pre-recorded videos, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many observers are concerned that student learning is suffering as a result. However, a new comprehen
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 Saturday’s Must-Read Articles & Must-Watch Videos (Including One From Trevor Noah) On School Reopenings by Larry Ferlazzo / 9h sofisorgin / Pixabay Here are new additions to THE BEST POSTS PREDICTING WHAT SCHOOLS WILL LOOK LIKE IN THE FALL : California will earmark 10% of weekly COVID-19 vaccine suppl
KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe
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 Michael Fullan: The Right Drivers for School Success in the 21st Century by dianeravitch / 4min Michael Fullan has written an excellent analysis of the best way to redesign school systems after the pandemic. This paper deserves the time it takes

YESTERDAY

THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Friday, February 19, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Teachers and Their Unions Are Demanding Truly Safe Schools Reopening — Not “Ignoring Science” - https://jacobinmag.com/2021/02/teachers-unions-schools-covid-reopening#new_tab Audio: Debate Over Student Loan Forgiveness Hinges On 2 Numbers: $10,000 Vs. $50,000 | 89.3 KPCC - https://www.scpr.org/news/2021/02/18/96701/debate-over-student-l
School Funding Since 2008: $600 Billion LOST! | Diane Ravitch's blog
School Funding Since 2008: $600 Billion LOST! The Education Law Center has developed an excellent presentation on the shortchanging of public education in the years since 20008. The great majority of states did not keep up with the costs of educating their children. Only a handful did: Wyoming, Alaska, Illinois, Connecticut. The rest saw a sharp drop in their effort to fund the education of thei
School Funding Since 2008: $600 Billion LOST! | Diane Ravitch's blog
School Funding Since 2008: $600 Billion LOST! The National Education Policy Center frequently engages researchers to review studies, reports, and evaluations. NEPC recently released a review of a RAND study that looks at online learning and whether it deserves federal funding. The title of the RAND report is “Remote Learning is Here to Stay,” but the body of the report does not support that conc
CURMUDGUCATION: Disaster Capitalism And The Abuse Of Youth
Disaster Capitalism And The Abuse Of Youth In the rush to raise alarm over Terrible Educational Emergencies, folks need to pay closer attention to exactly who they're hurting. I'm not talking about teachers right now. Yes, teachers get blamed for anything and everything, and it stinks, and we're paying a regular price for it in the increasing difficulty in recruiting people to do the work. But t
Seattle Town Hall Presents: “#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool: An Uprising for Educational Justice”–Black History Month Online Book Event with Denisha Jones and Jesse Hagopian – I AM AN EDUCATOR
Seattle Town Hall Presents: “#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool: An Uprising for Educational Justice” Black History Month Online Book Event with Denisha Jones and Jesse Hagopian Jesse Hagopian and Denisha Jones (livestream) Black Lives Matter at School Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:00PM Pacific $5.00 / Free for youth 22 and under Event Description How can educators help destroy entrenched inequalities
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives Provide Excellent Cover To Do Nothing - Philly's 7th Ward
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION (DEI) INITIATIVES PROVIDE EXCELLENT COVER TO DO NOTHING After the protests… “The Battle for the Soul of the Nation” was the tagline of the Biden-Harris campaign. In many ways it was a battle between the status quo of structural inequality and the promise of a new beginning. As Michele Alexander eloquently writes, this summer was not a racial reckoning ; it simply
Education Scholars and Leaders Push Back Against High-Stakes Standardized Testing | Diane Ravitch's blog
Education Scholars and Leaders Push Back Against High-Stakes Standardized Testing Kevin Kumashiro writes: Dear Friends–I hope you’re well. I wanted to be sure that you’re aware of three initiatives in which hundreds of educational scholars and leaders are pushing back on high-stakes standardized testing of students and teachers: 1) Last week, the California Alliance of Researchers for Equity in
NYC Educator: Reflections on Apocalypse Teaching
Reflections on Apocalypse Teaching I have an accommodation this year, so this picture describes me well. My classroom, since March, has been our dining room. We don't use it much, generally. Our little family can eat in the kitchen. So our dining room table becomes a storage area, except on the rare occasions when we have company. Since COVID hit, we haven't had more than one outside visitor at
Teacher Tom: In the End the Goal is Not Literacy, It's Understanding
In the End the Goal is Not Literacy, It's Understanding I write every day, publishing here and in other forums like Medium, Edutopia, and other places, not to mention my two books. Yesterday, I wrote a post that might be considered a bit dismissive of writing , but please don't let that make you think that I don't value the written word. I'm a product of it, as are you, but it has its limitation
Blaming Teachers Unions for Problems Reopening Schools Is Wrong: Reopening Must Be Done Safely | janresseger #openonlywhensafe
Blaming Teachers Unions for Problems Reopening Schools Is Wrong: Reopening Must Be Done Safely | janresseger Blaming Teachers Unions for Problems Reopening Schools Is Wrong: Reopening Must Be Done Safely Right now, after nearly a year since life shut down for COVID-19, things feel like a chaotic mess. Children in lots of places are not in school but are instead learning remotely at home. Unemploy
LOUISIANA TEACHERS, SCHOOL STAFF NOW ELIGIBLE FOR COVID VACCINATION | deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog
LOUISIANA TEACHERS, SCHOOL STAFF NOW ELIGIBLE FOR COVID VACCINATION On February 18, 2021, Louisiana governor, John Bel Edwards, announced that as of Monday, February 22, 2021, teachers and all other K12 school staff, daycare workers, and others have the green light to receive COVID-19 vaccines: Meanwhile, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has a message that vaccine shipments have been del
CURMUDGUCATION: Khan Academy Makes Its Next Big Move
Khan Academy Makes Its Next Big Move The Khan Academy (aka that library of instructional videos that come in varying degrees of accuracy) is finally ready to take its next step and morph into an on-line-ish micro-credential competency-based school-ish thing. What does that even mean? Let me try to explain the vision behind this, the people behind this, and--well, then we can just reflect on how
Education Matters: This week in Ron DeSantis, he blasts CDC guidelines, threatens to withhold vaccines and lies about the pandemic.
This week in Ron DeSantis, he blasts CDC guidelines, threatens to withhold vaccines and lies about the pandemic. Ron DeSantis is a menace, before the pandemic is over he will be responsible for tens of thousands of deaths. From WCJB.com, DeSantis is calling it a “disgrace.” He says these new guidelines are not rooted in science. “We’ve been open the whole time, since August. We had kids doing ca
YONG ZHAO: New article: The changes we need: Education post COVID-19 - Education in the Age of Globalization
Education in the Age of Globalization » Blog Archive » New article: The changes we need: Education post COVID-19 New article: The changes we need: Education post COVID-19 Just published in Journal of Educational Change: The changes we need: Education post COVID-19 Yong Zhao and Jim Watterston Accepted: 28 January 2021 Download the PDF here Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic has caused both unpreceden
Choosing Democracy: Bretón Vs. the Sacramento Teachers
Bretón Vs. the Sacramento Teachers Sacramento Bee opinionnaire Marcos Bretón offers up one of his frequent attacks on the Sacramento teachers’ union in today’s Bee https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/article249152435.html . It is the usual anti union diatribe filled with paragraphs cut and pasted from prior columns. He purposes to deal with the issue of opening schools in Sacramento. If you ignore al
A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007 A VERY BUSY DAY 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/2021/02/this-week-i

FEB 18

THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Thursday, February 18, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Teacher union leadership response to JB’s flat education funding? Too much understanding. – Fred Klonsky - https://wp.me/p4C3g-q9J via @fklonsky Teacher bridges global divide for Philadelphia students with African-centered curriculum https://philadelphia.chalkbeat.org/2021/2/17/22288530/teacher-bridges-global-divide-for-philadelphia-stu
Anne Spencer, Black Educator Hall of Fame - Philly's 7th Ward
ANNE SPENCER, BLACK EDUCATOR HALL OF FAME E’ry day this month, the Center for Black Educator Development , in partnership with Phillys7thWard.org , will highlight a Black Educator Hall of Famer . But, don’t forget, e’ry month is Black History Month … February is just the Blackest . Today, our featured Black Educator is Annie Bethel Scales Bannister . Anne Spencer was born in 1882 in Virginia. At
Education Law Center: Minnesota Considers Constitutional Amendment That Threatens Student Rights | Diane Ravitch's blog
Education Law Center: Minnesota Considers Constitutional Amendment That Threatens Student Rights Imagine a state that adopts a state constitutional amendment that ties student rights to an education to their test scores. Would anyone be so dumb as to imagine that the test scores of students of different races would change because of a constitutional amendment? Remember that Minnesota was the fir
Open Letter Regarding Continued Hybrid Reopening Plan Failures – Parents United for Public Education
Open Letter Regarding Continued Hybrid Reopening Plan Failures Dr. William Hite, Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia Philadelphia Board of Education Philadelphia City Council 2/18/2021 Dr. Hite, Board of Education members, and Council members: We are glad to hear that the School District of Philadelphia has pushed back the date for return to school buildings. Like the majority of par
Give Me a Poke | Teacher in a strange land
Give Me a Poke Sign-of-the-times screen on my kitchen Alexa: Alexa, give me mental health tips. Indeed. So, it’s the end of January and I am finally getting a haircut, double-masked and trying out a new stylist because my regular haircutter has three children at home, due to the pandemic, and hasn’t worked for six months. You know, just another disrupted-life story, one of millions. I already kn
Teacher Tom: A "Big, Big Poop" and Speaking the Names of the Gods
A "Big, Big Poop" and Speaking the Names of the Gods Preschoolers tell stories long before they read or write them. I often grab a stack of paper and a pen and serve as a transcriber of their words, striving, often through cramping fingers, to keep up and honor, not my interpretation of their intent, but the exact words they evoke. She said: "Once upon a time there was a big monster who pooped e
2021 Medley #3 – that Pesky State Constitution | Live Long and Prosper
2021 Medley #3 – that Pesky State Constitution HB 1005, Publicly Funded Discrimination The Indiana House of Representatives passed HB 1005 which calls for increases in funding for voucher accepting parochial and private schools. Public schools get the leftovers. THE INDIANA CONSTITUTIONAL MANDATE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS Article 8 Section 1 Public schools are a Constitutional mandate in Indiana. Sendi
Arizona: Legislature Passes Huge Voucher Expansion, Despite Will of Voters | Diane Ravitch's blog
Arizona: Legislature Passes Huge Voucher Expansion, Despite Will of Voters Two years ago, the voters of Arizona overwhelmingly rejected an expansion of vouchers, by 65% to 35%. The pro-voucher side was funded by Charles Koch, Betsy DeVos, and other enemies of public schools. The voters said a resounding NO to voucher expansion! Yet, this week the Arizona Legislature passed legislation to expand
Karen Lewis Taught Me | The Jose Vilson
KAREN LEWIS TAUGHT ME “José Luis, I’m writing your foreword.” That’s how it went. My publisher and I were brainstorming names for who would best introduce my first solo project This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education to the world. For what it’s worth, Haymarket Books let me have my vision for the book, but they nudged me in ways I didn’t know I needed. As we approached
Thoughts on Teaching | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Thoughts on Teaching I n 2001, I retired from fulltime teaching and research at Stanford. The Dean invited me to give a talk to the graduates and their families that June. Here is an abridged version of what I said. “I have thought a lot about the past 46 years I have spent in education. I have taught in urban high schools and Stanford for many years [in addition to being an administrator]. It i
Education Matters: Greene just can't be honest about the pandemic.
Greene just can't be honest about the pandemic. In a community meeting, Greene said cases of COVID exploded in January because we had just returned from Winter Break. She showed a graph backing this up too. The thing is cases exploded because the district changed the way it revealed cases. Basically, up to that point, we had been lowballing the numbers, and it was a Christmas miracle that they f
IT IS NOT THE WORDS, IT IS HOW YOU SAY THEM – Dad Gone Wild
IT IS NOT THE WORDS, IT IS HOW YOU SAY THEM “Sex and excretion are reminders that anyone’s claim to round-the-clock dignity is tenuous. The so-called rational animal has a desperate drive to pair up and moan and writhe.” ― Steven Pinker I’ve just returned from taking the dog on her morning walk. Every morning about this time, we traverse through the neighborhood out to the main road and back. Th
A Vision of Being Human: “Am I normal?” – radical eyes for equity
A Vision of Being Human: “Am I normal?” “Am I normal?” Vin asks his sister Viv as they lift off the ground to leave school for home. Vin and Viv are the synthezoid teenagers of Virginia and Vision, the superhero associated with Marvel’s Avengers. This question comes after Vin is confronted during class in the first issue of Vision : Vision:The Complete Collection This rendition of Vision ( vol.
WHAT'S NEW AT THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - California Department of Education
California Department of Education WHAT'S NEW AT THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Mandatory SFSP Training Coming in March 16h California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division (NSD) Community Nutrition Programs Unit (CNPU) is pleased to announce that the 2021 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) annual online Mandatory Training will be available in March 2021. CNP Monitoring Waiv
NewBlackMan (in Exile) TODAY #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
NewBlackMan (in Exile) NewBlackMan (in Exile) TODAY Big Education Ape: THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE) - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/this-week-with-newblackman-in-exile-blm_13.html The Mothers Who Raised Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin by Mark Anthony Neal / 16h '"I decided to focus on mothers because of this further erasure that happens to mothers. Mothe
A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007 A VERY BUSY DAY 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/2021/02/this-week-i
CHECK IT OUT: DIANE ON A ROLL TODAY - Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all #REDFORED #tbats #COVID-19 #REOPENSCHOOLSSAFELY #VACCINATETEACHERS
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all CHECK IT OUT: DIANE ON A ROLL TODAY Big Education Ape: KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/keep-up-catch-up-with-diane-ravitchs_13.html Education Law Center: Minnesota Considers Constitutional Amendment That Threatens Student Rights by

FEB 17

THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Wednesday, February 17, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Edgenuity's software wasn't meant for a pandemic. That didn't stop some school districts. - https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/edgenuity-s-software-wasn-t-meant-pandemic-didn-t-stop-n1258054 by NBCNews on @NBCNews Freedom Day – NYC – February 3, 1964 | JD2718 - https://wp.me/pOjh-250 on @wordpressdotcom Mayor says Philadelphia teach
How school funding can help repair the legacy of segregation - Vox
How school funding can help repair the legacy of segregation America’s schools spend less money on Black students. Closing the gap is key to equality The walls at the high school Leanne Nunes attended in the Bronx were painted a color she likes to call “penitentiary beige.” The cafeteria, located in the basement, had no windows. About half of her classrooms didn’t have windows, either. “It felt
Mary Jane Patterson, Black Educator Hall of Fame - Philly's 7th Ward
MARY JANE PATTERSON, BLACK EDUCATOR HALL OF FAME E’ry day this month, the Center for Black Educator Development , in partnership with Phillys7thWard.org , will highlight a Black Educator Hall of Famer . But, don’t forget, e’ry month is Black History Month … February is just the Blackest . Today, our featured Black Educator is Mary Jane Patterson. Mary Jane Patterson was a trailblazer in every se
A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007 A VERY BUSY DAY 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/2021/02/this-week-i
NANCY BAILEY: President Biden’s Ideas About Schools and Covid-19 Miss the Mark
President Biden’s Ideas About Schools and Covid-19 Miss the Mark President Biden’s Ideas About Schools and Covid-19 Miss the Mark I watched President Biden’s CNN Townhall. I like President Biden and feel that he is sincere and wants to do a good job. He is well-focused on helping the country move forward. His kindness shines through. But his school plans for Covid-19 are worrisome. As expected, C
When Schools Punish Sick Kids for Poor Attendance - The Atlantic
Are We Finally Done Encouraging Sick Kids to Come to School? Staying home to avoid catching and spreading the coronavirus during the pandemic, for all the fear and anxiety it has caused, has come with one unexpected benefit for my family: My kids haven’t been sick once, not even with the common cold. My husband and I noticed this with a sense of relief after months of virtual schooling. We’re ex
I’m a Teacher, and I’m Losing My Patience, Too | Eclectablog
I’m a Teacher, and I’m Losing My Patience, Too In spite of most of the US public being supportive of public education, our schools, and our children’s teachers, a small but vocal minority has been growing increasingly rambunctious about reopening schools. Recently, Dr. Ben Linas, a physician in Brookline, MA, added his apparently cranky voice to this debate, penning a piece for Vox titled, “I’m
Teacher Tom: Without Emotions Rational Thought is Impossible
Without Emotions Rational Thought is Impossible There is more reason in your body than in your best wisdom. ~Friedrich Nietzsche The stereotypical argument used to exclude women from business, science, politics, the military, or indeed just about any category of public life is that they are "too emotional." Emotions, the theory goes, renders them incapable of making rational decisions. Most of u
CURMUDGUCATION: What Is The Secret Teacher Plot?
What Is The Secret Teacher Plot? It's its own genre now. Generally runs something like this: I think teachers are mighty swell and I respect the hard work they do, but as you can see from these studies that I have carefully cherry-picked selected, the science says that school buildings should be fully open right now, and teachers and their unions have no damn excuse not to get the hell back in t
What Is at Stake when ALEC, the State Policy Network, The Buckeye Institute and EdChoice Lobby for Vouchers? | janresseger
What Is at Stake when ALEC, the State Policy Network, The Buckeye Institute and EdChoice Lobby for Vouchers? As we begin 2021, there has been troubling coverage about new voucher programs popping up in state legislatures. This is despite that Betsy DeVos is gone and that President Joseph Biden is a strong supporter of the institution of public schools. And in states like Indiana, and Ohio, where
NYC Educator: Geniuses in Albany Strike Again
Geniuses in Albany Strike Again It looks like the folks in Albany, the ones who control education, have too much time on their hands. After all, there's a pandemic, a national crisis, and people are running around arguing about whether and how to open school buildings. In fact, people are hysterical over how the schools should be opened, and it's open season on teacher unions, even by media figu
If Schools are That Important, Vaccinate All School Personnel in Short Order | deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog #openonlywhensafe
If Schools are That Important, Vaccinate All School Personnel in Short Order | deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog If Schools are That Important, Vaccinate All School Personnel in Short Order I read in the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) latest guidance for schools that it believes schools should be the last to close and the first to reopen in the pandemic. I read about how important schools
75% Of Delaware Legislators Write Letter To Secretary Bunting Urging Delaware To Request Waiver From US DOE For Smarter Balanced Assessment | Exceptional Delaware
75% Of Delaware Legislators Write Letter To Secretary Bunting Urging Delaware To Request Waiver From US DOE For Smarter Balanced Assessment On February 5th, led by Delaware State Rep. Kim Williams and State Rep. William Bush, 46 out of the 62 Delaware state legislators wrote Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting requesting Delaware seeks a waiver from the United States Department of
2021 U.S. Senate Youth Program Students Announced - Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces California High School Students for the 2021 U.S. Senate Youth Program SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today announced two outstanding high school students to represent California in the 59th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Jamaal Willis of Bars
Jersey Jazzman: The Fiscal Impact Of Charter Schools on School Districts: Thoughts on My New Report
The Fiscal Impact Of Charter Schools on School Districts: Thoughts on My New Report If you follow me on Twitter, you probably noticed a few comments about a new report I have out with the Fordham Institute: Robbers or Victims? Charter Schools and District Finances . I'm putting my thoughts here so you know they are mine and mine alone. Hopefully, I can shed light on what the report finds and wha
Education Matters: Testing in Florida is nothing but a scam
Testing in Florida is nothing but a scam There has been some concern about what will happen to teachers if too many kids opt-out, will they not get their growth scores and be eligible for raises? Some have mentioned their schools may lose funding too. I don’t believe we should worry about these things. Everyone knows that high-stakes testing is bad for public education; everyone but the voters,
Educational Mansplaining | Live Long and Prosper
Educational Mansplaining As an American male, I’m an experienced mansplainer . My former teacher colleagues (mostly female) would surely be able to give you an example or two of my tendency to “help them understand” something that they probably understood as well or better than I did. I remember once, at a meeting discussing psychometric testing of a student, I started explaining percentiles to

FEB 16

THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Tuesday, February 16, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES The Influence of a Perfect Teacher - The New York Times - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/15/well/family/teacher-reading-influence.html?smid=tw-share School Finance 101: Fixing Connecticut School Finance: The Time is Now | National Education Policy Center - https://nepc.colorado.edu/node/10769 on @NEPCtweet Choosing Democracy: SCTA’s 5-
NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT BECKY PRINGLE EXPLANS WHAT'S NEEDED FOR SCHOOLS TO REOPEN - MSNBC VIDEO
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Ebenezer Bassett, Black Educator Hall of Fame - Philly's 7th Ward
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From Dress Codes to Pornography: Miseducating Children on Love and Sex – radical eyes for equity
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Teacher Tom: "Actual Life"
"Actual Life" Alfred North Whitehead spent the 1890's writing his Treatise on Universal Algebra , and the next decade collaborating with this former student Bertrand Russell writing Principia Mathematica , generally considered to be one of the most important works on mathematics, or any topic for that matter, of the 20th century. I share this only to point out that this guy was no slouch. A supr
AFT RANDI WEINGARTEN on REOPENING SCHOOLS - MSNBC VIDEO
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The deeply distorted debate about reopening schools For nearly a year the Trump administration was accused of ignoring science by trying to bully schools into reopening during the coronavirus pandemic without requiring that proper safety steps being taken. Now the Biden administration, less than a month in office, is being accused of ignoring science — largely for doing the opposite. A popular c
CURMUDGUCATION: What An Education Uber Actually Looks Like
What An Education Uber Actually Looks Like Betsy DeVos is among the many education disruptors fond of imagining a world in which education is handled Uber-style; but we don't have to imagine what a gig-economy education system would look like. It already exists. Outschool was founded in 2015 by Amir Nathoo (he cutely lists his title as "learner" in his LInkedIn profile), and while he looks like
NANCY BAILEY: CDC Recommendations Are Clearer, But Teachers Face the Same Problems and New Ones
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NewBlackMan (in Exile) TODAY #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
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Florida Alert! Save Public Schools from Privatizers! | Diane Ravitch's blog
Florida Alert! Save Public Schools from Privatizers! SB 48 Will Be Heard at 3:30 p.m. on 2/17/21 in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education Your Voice is Needed! What you can do . . . 1) Make calls and/or send emails – We are urging all those connected to Pastors for Florida Children to contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and encourage them to v
CURMUDGUCATION: Donors Choose Monday: Making Music
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FEB 15

THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Monday, February 15, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe
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Lucy Diggs Slowe, Black Educator Hall of Fame - Philly's 7th Ward
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Russ on Reading: Reading Aloud with MemFox
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Whatever Happened To 1:1 Laptops? | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Whatever Happened To 1:1 Laptops? When the Covid-19 pandemic swept across the nation in 2020, schools closed swiftly. Districts pivoted to remote instruction. Then inequalities showed up just as quickly, especially in big city schools and rural areas where the “digital divide” persisted. Stories surged in social and mainstream media of administrators distributing laptops and tablets to children
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CDC defends school guidelines as advocates say they make it too hard to reopen For months, President Biden has been urging schools to reopen, and promised that guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would help them do so safely. At the same time, public health experts including some at the CDC said available evidence suggested schools could safely open as long as precauti
Why is California rushing to reopen its schools? Most simply aren't ready | Salon.com
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A Reader: A Message for Teachers | Diane Ravitch's blog
A Reader: A Message for Teachers Gary Stein, a teacher in his last year of teaching, read the post by retired superintendent Teresa Thayer Snyder and was inspired to share this message: After reading Ms. Snyder’s article and all of the responses to it on the dianeravitch.net page, I was reminded of the best advice for all teachers, and what seems to me the best advice for teaching, always, regar
Teacher Tom: These Aren't the Same People We Sent Home Last Spring
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Arthur Goldstein Asks Michael Bloomberg to Stop Disrespecting Teachers | Diane Ravitch's blog
Arthur Goldstein Asks Michael Bloomberg to Stop Disrespecting Teachers Arthur Goldstein has taught ESL for decades in New York City. He is tired of being lectured by billionaires like Michael Bloomberg about how to teach or what a slacker he is. He writes in The New York Daily News: There’s lots of talk about whether or not school buildings should be open. European school buildings recently shut
COVID Reopening and Building Safety Questions – Parents United for Public Education
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A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
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Helen Ladd and Edward Fiske: States Need an Equity-Oriented Accountability System for Charter Schools Distinguished economist Helen Ladd and her husband, journalist Edward Fiske, studied the accountability system for charter schools in Massachuset ts . They specifically addressed equity issues of access, fairness, and availability of a high-quality education, not test scores. They found consider
Education Matters: Families, opt your children out of all the tests you can.
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Biden’s Relief Package Moves Along—Including Child Tax Credit to Ameliorate Child Poverty | janresseger
Biden’s Relief Package Moves Along—Including Child Tax Credit to Ameliorate Child Poverty Last week, while America was reliving the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol and listening to an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House continued marking up President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. In a society that has, over the past four years, not even ma
Choosing Democracy: How to safely re open schools
How to Safely Reopen Schools Yesterday, the CDC released robust, science-based guidelines to keep students and educators safe from the coronavirus in K-12 school buildings. Here’s the reality: these strategies and requirements aren’t being met in many of our schools. We need to protect students and educators with proven safety measures, and we need the funding to do it. Urge Congress to pass the
CURMUDGUCATION: Another Biz-Friendly Edu-octopus
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Indiana Vouchers Set to Expand Again | Live Long and Prosper
Indiana Vouchers Set to Expand Again FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DANIELS, BENNETT, AND PENCE Ten years ago the Indiana General Assembly established the state’s voucher program to “ provide children who attend failing schools grants to attend a school of choice. ” At that time, the state provided tuition help for low-income students to attend religious schools (it’s actually “private” schools,

FEB 14

CATCH UP WITH CURMUDGUCATION + ICYMI: Happy Valentines Day Edition (2/14)
CURMUDGUCATION: ICYMI: Happy Valentines Day Edition (2/14) Happy Valentines Day Edition Well, Congress rushed through their work so that they could get started on their vacation. Why shouldn't the rest of us. Let's take a look at this week's reading list. In Disorienting Return To Civility, Joe Biden's DOJ Backs Up Betsy DeVos A couple of outlets picked up this story this week, but only Time foun
THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Sunday, February 14, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #RIPKARENLEWIS
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NANCY BAILEY: 26 Reasons to Love Teachers During the Pandemic
26 Reasons to Love Teachers During the Pandemic 26 Reasons to Love Teachers During the Pandemic Let teachers know how much they’re cared for on Valentine’s Day! Their mental health is important during this troubling time, so reach out and say something kind. No matter what anyone thinks about school reopenings it’s important to express love and appreciation for all that teachers do and have done
Clara Luper, Black Educator Hall of Fame - Philly's 7th Ward
CLARA LUPER, BLACK EDUCATOR HALL OF FAME E’ry day this month, the Center for Black Educator Development , in partnership with Phillys7thWard.org , will highlight a Black Educator Hall of Famer . But, don’t forget, e’ry month is Black History Month … February is just the Blackest . Today, our featured Black Educator is Clara Luper. Clara Luper was an eduactivist who’s a seminal figure in Oklahoma
Who Is Cindy Marten? | Diane Ravitch's blog
Who Is Cindy Marten? The Biden administration selected San Diego Superintendent of Schools Cindy Marten to become Deputy Secretary of Education, the #2 job in the Department of Education. She has a long career as a teacher, as principal of a high-poverty school in San Diego, and as Superintendent of the state’s second largest district since 2013. Louis Freedberg of Edsource describes her career
Educators Everywhere See Chance to Ditch Exam Straitjacket | Diane Ravitch's blog
Educators Everywhere See Chance to Ditch Exam Straitjacket The Financial Times reports on a new phenomenon : educators around the world see the pandemic as an opportunity to break free of standardized exams. Tony Stack, a Canadian educator, was developing a new way to assess children even before coronavirus. The decision to scrap end-of-year assessments after the pandemic struck presented the ch
This Teacher Worked for K12 Inc. and Now Regrets It | Diane Ravitch's blog
This Teacher Worked for K12 Inc. and Now Regrets It I have been writing for many years about the low quality “education” that virtual charter schools provide their students. They make fabulous promises in their marketing materials, but the results for their schools are awful. Their students have low test scores, low graduation rates, and high attrition rates. Their teachers often have huge class
EdAction in Congress February 14, 2021 - Education Votes
EdAction in Congress February 14, 2021 Key committees approve components of COVID-19 package Key components of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus and relief package advanced this week as they passed out of these House committees: Education and Labor , Ways and Means , Energy and Commerce , and Oversight and Reform . The next stop is the House floor the week of Feb. 22, and then th