Sunday links.

The correlation of value added scores in NY and the quality of a teacher from year to year? None.

Retired math teacher GFBrandenburg’s blog explains why Bill Gates didn’t want the VAM scores made public. They’re total bullshit and blow the cover off of his reform agenda.

The VAM scores mean nothing says a highly-rated New York school teacher.

We’re almost at 8,000 signatures on retired teacher and former IEA President Bob Haisman’s petition to return state funding to retiree health insurance. Can we hit 10,000 today? Sure we can.

David Coleman, architect of Common Core: “People don’t really give a shit about what you (students) feel and what you (students) think.” 

Richmond, California’s mayor puts out a welcome mat for Occupy. Love Richmond.

I am a special education teacher. My students have learning disabilities ranging from autism and attention-deficit disorder to cerebral palsy and emotional disturbances. I love these kids, but they can be a handful. Almost without exception, they struggle on standardized tests, frustrate their teachers and find it hard to connect with their peers. What’s more, these are high school students, so their disabilities are compounded by raging hormones and social pressure.

As you might imagine, my job can be extremely difficult. Beyond the challenges posed by my students, budget cuts and changes to special-education policy have increased my workload drastically even over just the past 18 months. While my class sizes have grown, support staff members have been laid off. Students with increasingly severe disabilities are being pushed into more mainstream classrooms like mine, where they receive less individual attention and struggle to adapt to a curriculum driven by state-designed high-stakes tests. On top of all that, I’m a bad teacher. William Johnson

One thought on “Sunday links.

  1. I think that Coleman quotation really sums up the reformer side – arrogant, self-absorbed, self-righteous, anti-democratic and scornful of what others think or feel.

    That quotation is emblematic of Bloomberg, Gates, Rhee, Klein, Beverly Hall, Obama, Duncan, Eva Moskowitz and any number of hedge fund managers/education reformers too.

    They don’t give a @#$% what anybody thinks or feels about their education reforms either.

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