Rowling outs Dumbledore.

J.K. Rowling What will the prudes at Safe Libraries do now? They went postal over Fat Kid Rules the World. Now they are faced with the fact that the most popular series of books for children ever features the Master Wizard who is gay. Author J.K. Rowling spoke to readers at NY’s Carnegie Hall. She […]

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Three over coffee.

Ah! Saturday morning. It’s a beautiful Fall Day in the Heartland. I’m getting a large latte and an everything bagel with chive cream cheese, onion and tomato. I deserve it. Yesterday I took 125 4th graders on the train to Chicago’s Loop and Millennium Park. The highlight, as always, was sliding down the Chicago Picasso. […]

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Tzimmes and borscht.

Tzimmes and borscht is a Yiddish expression expressing the idea of mixing apples and oranges. Here is a bunch of unconnected posts: Nilaja Sun does No Child in Chicago. A group of teachers from my school joined me and we went to see Nilaja Sun do her one-woman show, No Child. I saw it last […]

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NY pay for performance agreement.

Weingarten, Klein and Bloomberg. 24 hours after it was announced, the pay for performance agreement between the NY teachers union and Bloomberg and Klein is the big talk on education blogs, and most importantly, among NY teachers. Also part of the agreement was a change in the pension plan. But it was the pay for […]

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