The throat-slash sign? Really? It's a 15-yard penalty in the NFL.“It’s one more desperate attempt at trying to be relevant in places where he’s not relevant. You can’t look at a list of insults to certain parts of town — closing police stations, closing mental health clinics, closing schools — and make it seem like this one act is gonna change somethin […]
from Fred Klonsky: “About a year ago my friend, attorney and musician Matt Farmer wrote a piece for Huffington Post about Darwin Elementary School’s music teacher, Joe Panganiban. He is known as Mr. P. Darwin in my neighborhood school, three blocks away. One of my daughters, now grown up with kids of her own, went to Darwin.“Although Logan Square is a quickl […]
Minimum Wage: Minimal ResponseMy wealthy friend Ernesto stopped by the other evening, sporting a new Hybrid Escalade and a readiness for political debate. Unlike last time, this time I was prepared.“About time. Paul Ferrand,” Ernesto, said as I tilted the amber bottle into his snifter. “Just what you had asked for last time. Please, sit back, relax, and l […]
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When Chicago spent its pension money on the mayor’s pet projects www.chicagoreader.com As mayor, Richard M. Daley spent hundreds of millions of dollars on unnecessary pet projects—and Emanuel seems to have the same bad habit.
Totally didn't see this until just now.I wonder what this entails. What do non-sketchy schools do when a student moves up a grade? Do you have to re-enroll? Do you have to fill out an application?Journalists, can you please look into this? Is it just an "I'm coming back" form or is it another way to cull the herd, as it were? It's ha […]
PEORIA, IL -- Peoria Journal Star education reporter Pam Adams wrote a good story on the facts of the first Change150 town hall meeting, on Sept. 13. Read it first. Here's my take. Optics: The meeting began with a panel...
For those teachers who think that there once was a golden past of teaching before the era education deformity, let me assure you, you are right. I had the privilege to teach for a full ten years before the deformity struck. While things still seemed good, we tightened our belts and I took five years off to raise some kids. When I returned to work the land […]
I was going to write about the meeting I and other New Jersey teacher-bloggers had with Lily Eskelsen Garcia, the new president of the National Education Association, last weekend. But Marie Corfield -- see here and here -- and Ani McHugh have done such a good job documenting the event that I really don't think I can add much of value.Instead, let me ad […]
Last week, I found myself as restless as the first day of school. In fact, I got to school at 7:10am every day, when school usually starts at 8am. I racked my brain around what the next logical step is in my curriculum. Negative exponents are especially difficult if students don’t get a lot of practice with the concept, and if they can’t make a seamless conn […]
In the first UFT Executive Board of the year, New Action moved the endorsement of Zephyr Teachout for Governor. The motion was debated (2 speakers for, 3 against) and overwhelmingly defeated. Yet it was important that the issue came forward, and that opposition to Cuomo was acknowledged. I spoke about Robert Jackson during the question […]
Jumoke Academy, once the star charter school of Governor Malloy and State Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor, paid over $1 million to the husband of an executive for renovations, according to the Hartford Courant. “HARTFORD — The Jumoke Academy charter school organization, now facing a state probe into allegations of nepotism, directed more than a […] […]
Recruiting more minority teachers is essential—after we drive out all of those who are already teaching… Today’s high-stakes question involves the demographics of our nation’s teaching force. When and where is it appropriate to discuss the urgent need to diversify the nation’s teaching force whilst failing to acknowledge what’s happening to the ranks of mino […]
Today’s big People’s Climate Marches in New York City and 150 countries around the world, mark a new stage in the fight to save the planet from what Naomi Klein calls "the raw terror of ecocide." One of the greatest challenges faced by the movement is taking on and countering one of the greatest propaganda and mis-education campaigns in history, un […]