The anti-union goofball, Joe Williams, who blogs at Democrats for Education Reform is shocked, simply shocked, that union members might go to the beach for the Labor Day Weekend. First the annual Labor Day parade had to be moved to a weekend after Labor Day because organized labor couldn’t get people away from their beach […]Read More Hey, this is a private beach.
Eye on NCLB Gerald Bracey, debunker of education myths and bogus research and statistics, writes in the Huffington Post that we are probably facing two more years of the present NCLB. Predicting what will happen to NCLB in the next few months is iffy, very iffy, but here goes: Nothing will happen. Congress will pass […]Read More Eye on NCLB: Bracey’s prediction? Two more years.
Former principal, Debbie Almontaser I’m a thousand miles from New York, but from where I sit the forced resignation of Debbie Almontaser as principal of the Khalil Gibran Academy, a public school focusing on Islamic culture, history and language, was a concession to bigotry and anti-Arab hysteria promoted by the yellow journalism of the New […]Read More Principal’s firing is nuts.
“I will never again play anything that does not have social significance. We American jazz musicians of African descent have proved beyond all doubt that we’re master musicians of our instruments. Now what we have to do is employ our skill to tell the dramatic story of our people and what we’ve been through.”Read More Jazz great, Max Roach, dies at 83.
In the book Fat Kid Rules the World by G.L. Going: Troy is the ultimate fat kid, the kind whose every move, every thought is predicated on what it is like to wear a coat of blubber. Curt, as thin as Troy is fat, is a combination of Kurt Cobain, Ratso Rizzo, and a fairy […]Read More Fat Kid Rules the World
Jo Anderson, Marilyn Stewart and Steve Barr The much anticipated discussion between Green Dot charter founder Steve Barr, Chicago Teacher Union President, Marilyn Stewart, and the Illinois Education Association’s Executive Director, Jo Anderson, went off in remarkable peace. No big fireworks. “Remarkable,” because in the minds of some, charters and unions are an anathema to […]Read More Face to face: charter/union forum. (Update)
Check out my man Dr. Homeslice’s blog for a story about what it takes to organize a union in a Right to Work State like Texas.Read More It ain’t easy being a union woman in Texas.
What does Andy like about Sir Michael Barber? Andy is back. And he wants us to read the NY Times piece by Sam Dillon on Tony Blair’s education advisor, Sir Michael Barber. But he doesn’t say why? First you need to know that Sir Michael is now in the United States as a consultant for […]Read More Rotherham Watch: What does he like about Sir Michael?
Summer is winding down. I start back on Monday. But this morning I’m having my coffee across the Lake. I’ll be driving in to the city today for the panel with Steve Barr, Marilyn Stewart and Jo Anderson on unions and charters. Meanwhile: The NY Times has a story on a handful of locals who […]Read More Three over coffee.
Trib: “Off with their heads!” Never tiring of their same old song, The Chicago Tribune ran another editorial yesterday decrying the CPS’ teacher evalulation system. The number one item on the Trib’s school reform agenda has always been fire teachers. But this time they show their hand more blatantly. It isn’t really about evaluations. It’s […]Read More Trib editorializes again: “Off with their heads.”