I had a great time last night on WGN's Patti Vasquez Show even though I didn't get to say much. Great lesson there.Dynamic rapper and political activist, Che "Rhymefest" Smith and the two outstanding young men he brought with him, Mike Taylor and Mammoth, carried the show which took off from the celebration of the Jackie Robinson West Lit […]
“The Washington Times yesterday reported that the crime rate has dropped in Chicago since Illinois adopted a concealed carry licensing system, a change in stature that was forced on the legislature by a pair of lawsuits that included the Second Amendment Foundation’s Moore v. Madigan.[*] “The other lawsuit, Shepherd v. Madigan, was filed by the National Rifl […]
Dr. Evil?Pension Vocabulary: Plutocracy & Being Special like JB PritzkerAs a teacher in a somewhat affluent district, I remember those occasions, albeit rare, when a child of extreme wealth turned in a project or a carefully constructed item meant to broadcast the family’s high position and, there fore, the child’s pedigree. Other students often marvele […]
When Common Core State Standards (tests, texts and all) are given new CCSS “aligned” coverings by the state, does it matter? Florida Gov. Rick Scott played the “save us from big government control” game even as the newly branded state … Continue reading →
teacher/poet/musician : Update for Pension Lawsuit: Motion Filed Today in the Circuit Court for… teacherpoetmusicianglenbrown.blogspot.com A writer must “know and have an ever-present consciousness that this world is a world of fools and rogues… tormented with envy, consumed with vanity; selfish, false, cruel, cursed with illusions…
just a random camera shot out the car windowCrap internet service tonight; I'll have to share my latest revelation tomorrow. I understand they have faster internet basically everywhere else in the world.Reminds me, this guy whose video went viral--- the guy who was on hold with Comcast for two hours--- he lives upstairs; I just met him the other day. I […]
PEORIA, IL -- For a school district with a $12 million deficit, Peoria District 150 certainly has some high spending and apparently wasteful ways. The public comments at the School Board on August 25 highlighted some of the wasted money....
Capital NY has a piece about the relatively large percentage of city teachers rated ineffective. On first glance, one might conclude that teachers in upstate cities aren't as good as teachers elsewhere in the state. Doubtless talking heads and op-ed columnists around the state will gleefully come to that conclusion, and much of the nation has been led t […]
Since the Great Depression Adolph Hitler, Margaret Thatcher, and assorted right wing South American despots have been the loudest voices fueling a backlash against the labor unions. Last week, the right-wing gained an unlikely new ally: Carmel Martin. Ms. Martin wrote an opinion piece for the Chicago Sun-Times calling the teachers unions foolish for opposing […]
In my last post, I questioned the idea of the senior, burned-out teacher being a major policy concern, simply on the basis of the fact that there really aren't that many senior teachers to begin with.But what does the literature say about relative teacher effectiveness late in a career? What do we know about teachers who enter the late stages of their p […]
My actual classroom from eight years ago. Same room this year, too. Meet my once and future classroom. It once had a exposed wooden door, working lights, nine unmarked boxes, beige lockers, and a second year teacher scared for his career. I know this because I was him eight years ago. Throughout the year, the desks rumbled and shuffled about the class, somet […]
State Senate 11 – UFT ally, John Liu, against Tony Avella who once challenged Bloomberg, but more recently joined the IDC to help Klein and the Republicans steal back the senate that they’d lost 31 – long time friend of public education and the UFT Robert Jackson, against Adriano Espaillat. Espaillat was not supposed to […]
Paul Horton, who teaches history at the University of Chicago Lab School, took his son on a visit to the Delta. There they went to historical exhibits that were reminders if a brutal past. Reminders of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, racial subjugation, and resistance to oppression. You won’t read this in the textbooks.
Students in Salem, MA learn a hard lesson about class Dear [insert name here]: Welcome back to school, Salem, MA student! If you’ll be attending this school, this school or this school, let me take this opportunity to congratulate you. … Continue reading →
KershnerChris Kershner, vice president of public policy and economic development for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce“The business community is the consumer of the educational product. Students are the educational product. They are going through the education system so that they can be an attractive product for business to consume and hire as a workforce […]