Moral Monday yesterday in downtown DurhamThe Moral Monday movement is spreading across N.C. this summer as part of the NAACP’s “Moral Freedom Summer” initiative to get out the vote for fall elections. The focus of the multi-racial weekly protests is the attack on voting rights by the Republican legislature. Thousands have also turned out to protest school re […]
“A psychiatric patient ranted about a hospital gun ban before opening fire at the suburban medical complex, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.“Dr. Lee Silverman emptied his chamber, striking patient Richard Plotts several times. Plotts by then had shot the c […]
A Bitter Pill: Illinois Supreme Court Decision and Chicago Corporate MediaBitter Pill is an idiom that arises from usage nearly a century ago or in some lexicons even earlier. Imagine a time when medicine was less than palatable or manageable, and you have a start. Later on, during the malaria infestations of the Panama Canal (1880 – 1920) project, “bitte […]
Pension theft proving toxic to Illinois Democrats. preaprez.wordpress.com Republican Bruce Rauner holds a 12 point lead over Democrat Pat Squeezy Quinn in the polls. Illinois’ Attorney General Lisa Madigan has always been thought of as unbeatable. Daughter of State Democ…
File this under W for w.t.f?From Illinois Watchdog, a gem from the CMSA principal, on the new charter oversight law in Illinois:I suppose there's some parallel universe where that assertion is true; however, it is not one with which I am familiar. There certainly were a lot of laws around the creation of charter schools; however, after that, it's t […]
PEORIA, IL -- This looks interesting. From a news release: What in the Warehouse? Artists of the Atelier Opens August 6 Ten different artists with ten different visions who all call The Atelier in the Warehouse District their Gallery homes,...
I try to help kids every day, but they're all different. I'd like them all to pass, but they don't. It's funny because I feel very bad for some of those who don't. NY State assumes that I want to pass them all for no reason and thus does not allow me to grade their standardized tests.On the other hand, I've been at meetings wher […]
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 […]
I reached the end of my rope with the Star-Ledger Editorial Board and its chief, Tom Moran, a long time ago. When it comes to education -- particularly in Newark -- both the paper's unsigned editorials and Moran's columns have displayed massive ignorance. Frankly, I'm tired of having to address their nonsense when it's clear that Moran an […]
In my travels this summer, I’m often asked to ponder this idea of expertise, and specifically, how education researchers and those in higher education can help K-12 teachers. Since I entered the teaching profession almost a decade ago, I’ve had this struggle with this idea. From articles where a writer with a PhD in education lays out a plan for how school s […]
José Vilson wrote a book. That you should read. And, maybe get others to read. He called it “This is Not a Test“ I don’t do book reviews. But this is different. It’s José. Vilson is a blogger, and a poet, and a teacher. The author part wouldn’t matter if he wasn’t a teacher. He […]
The Progressive.com managed to get a copy of ALEC’s agenda for its 41st annual meeting in Dallas. ALEC wants to eviscerate Medicaid, support fracking, and expand charter schools in hopes of destroying America’s great public school system. All for the corporations and the 1%, nothing for the people. They are shameless.
*Disruption*: everything that’s wrong with the education reform movement in a single concept By *The 49er* Today’s installment of Confessions of a D-List Reformer is brought to you by the letter *D,* as in *disruption.* Attend any kind of education … Continue reading →
The GriffinsSORRY TO HEAR THE NEWS (No, really) that right-wing billionaire power couple, Ken and Ann Griffin are splitting up. Whatever happened to "'til death do us part"?The Griffins have been the money-bags behind both Bruce Rauner's and Rahm Emanuel's political ascendency. They have also bankrolled much of Chicago's union-b […]