Nelson Mandela after he was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 1964Bridget Murphy writes, re. community resistance to the military coup at Ames Middle School:The referendum drive is in full swing. 40 parents will be meeting at Ames (1920 N. Hamlin) this morning (Friday, Dec 6th) at 10:30am to continue collecting signatures door to door. We will be out o […]
In the past two days we've seen a federal judge rule that Detroit can go bankrupt, putting its workers' pensions in jeopardy, and we have seen Illinois' legislature vote for substantial cuts in its retirees' pensions. Undoubtedly these two actions are just the tip of the iceberg. We have opened up a new sport for America's elite: pen […]
I Wish I had a Senator like Linda Holmes. When it came to the influence of Madigan and SB1, my Representative Monique Davis fell quickly into line with all the others seeking approval and whatever else from the Speaker. I figured she would. She did the same thing on the early incarnation of SB1. They found the button that pushed my one-time-warrior-agains […]
PISA scores have again caused an avalanche of media talking heads screaming their propaganda about whatever they have been paid to scream by the Corporate Education Industrial Complex. Don’t believe results that omit the main factor in the numbers – … Continue reading →
Today I got another glossy from the Gulen School up the street, Chicago Math and Science Academy.I suppose if I were in the business of creating "waiting lists" this is exactly how I would do it. The neighborhood school across the street, Sullivan High School, has yet to send me a single glossy in the mail. They haven't even dropped anything o […]
PEORIA, IL -- The new venue for the 38th annual Sing-it-Yourself Messiah proved to be wonderful. The Dec. 7 event drew a large crowd and plenty of singers to St Mary's Cathedral, a lovely 1899 structure with great accoustics for...
I'm not a big fan of NY Times columnist Tom Friedman. In fact, I'm not a big fan of any NY Times columnist, particularly when they write about education. Recently, even Paul Krugman, my favorite by far, has been whoring himself out writing pro-Common Core nonsense.Friedman is not precisely perfect. For example, he writes about the Shanghai secret, […]
Harry S. Truman once said, “Given a choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, the public will choose the real Republican every time.” Those words have a lot of wisdom in them. If you can’t give people a reason to vote for you, giving them a reason to vote against the […]
Where's the holiday spirit?It's no secret that we at WCT are pro-public schools, pro-student, pro-teacher, and pro-union. We've begun to document the various private interests (and there are many) at work against public school students, families, and teachers. Simply, public schools should remain public.We're also realists at WCT, and kno […]
A couple of weeks ago, I noted that Tom Friedman - the NY Times's own Mustache of Understanding - was in danger of losing his Wanker-In-Chief title to Frank Bruni. The bald-faced food critic, you see, had attempted to opine on education, with predictably disastrous results; how could bushy-nosed Friedman ever top Bruni's stunning display of ignoran […]
James Baldwin On Tuesday, at 7:30am, right before class, I found out my father passed away from my brother. The opaque skies of the early morning didn’t let up all day. My students acted as they usually do: adolescent, chatty, enlightened, irresponsible. My energy, however, didn’t betray me except in the few times they decided to quit on themselves. My toler […]
Ever count ceiling tiles during a boring test? I have. And I run into a problem (besides that people notice me staring goofy at the ceiling). The tiles never fit. How do I count the broken tiles? Does each broken tile count as a full tile, since a full tile had to be consumed to […]
The great Finnish educator Pasi Sahlberg will speak at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston on Tuesday evening. He is a delightful, charismatic speaker who has a deep understanding of education around the world. Don’t miss it!
300 million ways to support Teach for America this holiday season Happy holidays, reader! Tis the time of year when our thoughts turn to the neediest among us, those that require just a little extra giving this season. I give … Continue reading →
The U.S. Department of Education risks becoming a “lapdog” as a result of recent actions toward financial companies such as Sallie Mae, Sen. Elizabeth Warren charged Thursday.“The Department of Education needs to be aggressive in watching out for students, not for profit-making loan servicers,” Warren said. “They’re there for our students, not to help loan s […]