Thanks to NYC Educator for including my post, It’s the war, stupid. in the current installment of The Carnival of Education.Read More Life is a carnival!
The Republicrat Joe Williams bemoans the fact that his Democrats for Education Reform, a group which has Xeroxed the Republican program for education, proposes solutions that are not catching fire among Democrats. While he constantly reminds us (oh, I’m sorry. He “discloses.”) that he is an ardent Obama supporter, his blog is a non-stop on-line […]Read More It’s the war, stupid.
I know I said postings would be light. I didn’t say they would stop. It’s Saturday morning. I have a few minutes. It’s misty rain outside. Peet’s was crowded. Mike and Susan joined us for coffee and something sweet. Well, I had a bagel. The tyranny of language. An above the fold story on Venezuela’s […]Read More Three over coffee.
This is definitely the crazy season for teaching: Two weeks of report cards and parent conferences.Not that parents are streaming into the art room to find out how their child is doing in the Visual Arts. But, we have three evenings of conferences scheduled. I enjoy meeting the parents. When they do find their way […]Read More Gobble, gobble.
Morton West students in the working class suburb of Berwyn won their demand to be allowed back in school today. They had been suspended following in anti-war protest November 1st. Superintendent Bob Nowakowski rescinded his expulsion order. Nowakowski had originally charged 38 students with “gross disobedience and mob activity” for taking part in the November […]Read More Morton West anti-war “mob” win a victory.
Students here arrived at school in Yorkville, Illinois Monday to confront reading and math lessons instead of picket lines as teachers and administrators move toward ratification of a three-year contract. (Beacon News) The Rainbow/PUSH Coalition is going after the Berwyn high school that suspended 25 students over an anti-war protest, threatening Monday to sue if […]Read More Local.
Green Dot’s Steve Barr talks with the unions in Chicago. There’s a lot of debate within the ranks of teacher union activists about Green Dot and charter schools. In my opinion, it is a good debate. If you go back over the past year of my own posts about Green Dot you will see that […]Read More Trib gets it wrong on Green Dot.
NYC Educator suggests that bad education ideas start in NY and hit the west coast six months later. I’m not sure. We in the Midwest have produced our share of bad education ideas. But the school grade plan of Bloomberg and Klein are NY originals and are worth taking a look at.The NY Times editorializes […]Read More Letter grades, growth models and stigmas.
Bard College President, Leon Botstein. You send your kid to a school in NY. It’s a good neighborhood school. You like the school. It has caring and dedicated teachers. It struggles with test scores, but as Eduwonkette has demonstrated, there doesn’t seem to be a correlation between test scores and a positive school environment. As […]Read More Bard’s president, Leon Botstein, isn’t in the meat business.
Organizing at Warner Brothers back in the day. This is an interesting read from the blog Digby.Read More About unions, solidarity and the writers’ strike.