Michael Rossman, a leader of the Free Speech Movement at the University of California at Berkeley in 1964, died May 12 at age 68 after a battle with Leukemia. What strikes me, looking back, is that we were possessed. We were conduits; the spirits of Liberty and Democracy were manifest through us. No, I don’t […]Read More Sixties Free Speech Movement and Michael Rossman.
Governor Blagojevich at a Blackhawks game. Will the governor keep his word? Ken Swanson, president of the Illinois Education Association issued a warning today suggesting that he’d better. Illinois’ largest education employees’ union today urged Governor Rod Blagojevich to make the final state aid payments to Illinois school districts, as scheduled, during the current fiscal […]Read More Will the governor keep his word? Really. I’m serious.
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UIC Professor John Hagedorn is an expert in the field of urban youth and gangs. His web site is a gold mine of sober information and progressive analysis of gangs, particularly Chicago gang life. But a Chicago Public School teacher who is interested in learning from Hagedorn, or having their students learn from his work […]Read More Filters are for coffee pots. Blocks are for kindergartens.
Chicago Art Institute Director and President, James Cuno. There was a big feature story about the head of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Sunday NY Times Arts section. James (you can call him “Jim”) Cuno has been at the AIC since he replaced James Wood in 2004. The Times goes all gooey over […]Read More Chicago art’s chief doesn’t believe in borders.
One of Chicago’s greatest teachers, Studs Terkel, turned 96 on Friday. Happy Birthday, Studs.Read More Happy Birthday, Studs.
I’m not a fan of internet filtering systems. At all! Simply banning web sites doesn’t teach students anything about safely using the net and it excuses some educators from having to manage web access. However, I do understand that filters are a political reality and that there is some material on the internet that needs […]Read More Sunday links.
Steppenwolf Traffic presents: Teacher Tales: Stories from the Frontlines Sunday, June 1, 2008 at 3:00PM at the Steppenwolf Theater 1650 N. Halsted Street Chicago IL YCA benefit reception follows the show. About Teacher Tales Sneak into the teacher’s lounge as author Dr. Robert Boone and friends provide a look at the motivational moments that define […]Read More Teacher tales.
The right-wing Fordham bunch is at it again. Check out their defense of the discredited Reading First program, a center piece of the Bush administration’s school reform program. Amber Winkler, writing in the Gadfly: The interim evaluation of Reading First has all sorts of people upset for all manner of reasons. It found that, on […]Read More Amber alert.