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 […]Read More Rowling outs Dumbledore.
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. […]Read More Three over coffee.
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 […]Read More Tzimmes and borscht.
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 […]Read More NY pay for performance agreement.
After voting down a tentative agreement negotiated between the teachers’ union and the U-46 board of ed, teachers are now discussing what to do next. No walk-out is imminent, since state law requires a ten day notice of intent to strike. And the negotiators have not even gotten to the stage of requesting mediation. Some […]Read More Teachers in Elgin’s U-46 discuss course of action.
Rotherham Watch redux. You may not read The Quick and the Ed. Most people don’t. It is one of the blogs on Andy Rotherham’s Ed Sector. There’s a patronizing post on The Quick today about teacher unions. These Democratic Centrists, Rebpublicrats, are pretty schizo about teacher unions. Hate us. Tolerate us. They constantly have the […]Read More Global competitiveness and equality. Hess and Rotherham redux.
Teachers are still out in Spring Grove, The tentative agreement in Rockford has been rejected. And now, there is an impending strike in Earlville. Teachers will be picketing in Earlville (415 W. Union Street, Earlville, IL 60518) from 5:30 – 6:30 Thursday evening. If you can come and show your support then, it would be […]Read More ‘Tis the season. Teachers in Earlville get ready to walk.
Members of the Elgin Teachers Association rejected a tentative agreement Monday. The main issue appeared to be class size. Elgin’s U-46 union is the second largest in the state. The Daily Herald reports here.Read More Elgin teachers reject TA.
“Though we are very frustrated not to have an agreement yet, we remain hopeful and committed to get a fair agreement soon,” said Denise Gossell, president of the Richmond/Spring Grove Education Association. “We have given our very best to this school district. We know we are worth a fair contract.”Read More Another day on the line in Spring Grove.
While the brilliant minds of the Ed Sector, those who think in tanks about the profound issues of our day, those who like profound Andy Rotherham, argue the pros and pros and pros and cons of firing teachers, students in Chicago are staging protests to keep teachers from being fired. What a contrast. The Chicago […]Read More Think-tankers ponder ways to fire teachers. Students beg to differ.