Decades ago, John Dewey, America’s foremost education philosopher, asserted that students learned best through experience and that democracy “cannot go forward unless the intelligence of the mass of people is educated to understand the social realities of their own time.” I'm not a big educational "models" guy. But it's hard to argue with […]
- Fred Klonsky, SORE President The Illinois Education Association was founded in 1853. It became an affiliate of the National Education Association in 1857. In 1966 the NEA and the African American American Teachers Association merged. We also merged in Illinois. The NEA essentially removed administrators from leadership and became a union in 1970. Over the […]
“…Aside from the obvious fact that the possible existence of redundancy in other contexts does not mean that a redundancy was intended here, the defendants' argument overlooks the fact that ‘diminished or impaired’ is phrased in the disjunctive, unlike all of the examples of redundancies that the defendants provide. ‘As used in its ordinary sense, the w […]
Rep. Elaine Nekritz: The Audacity of…(well, …the audacity)Falling snow, polar vortices, unending darkness, and listening to Representative Elaine Nekritz on the radio defending the indefensible…this truly is the winter of my discontent.On the other hand, legal teams representing the public sector workers are providing opening arguments before the Illinois Su […]
War against women and the poor? Ask these women and their families who rely on their incomes. Ask how much suffering this would cause. Ask why billionaire Gov. Bruce Rauner, who donated $9 million of his own money to himself … Continue reading →
Tomorrow is the first day of PARCC out where I work. How's it going to go?I have no clue. We've never once successfully logged a grade level onto the Infrastructure Trial. Maybe 40% of a grade level.I've done little else for six weeks. In a way, PARCC has been good for me because I've learned so much about UNIX and working in the terminal […]
PEORIA, IL -- Three candidate forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria are are scheduled for next week, for candidates in the April 7 municipal elections. The first is on March 7, for candidates for the...
Now and then, conversations at work turn to the future of the teaching profession. At a PD (professional development) meeting outside of our building earlier in the year, a teacher broached the topic of salaries earned by PD specialists, Pearson employees (see "No Profit Left Behind") and the like. She found seemingly promising opportunities on h […]
The resistance to the PARCC -- the new, standardized, computerized tests being administered in New Jersey beginning this month -- continues to grow. Parents, teachers, and students are rightly concerned that these tests are taking too much time, are unnecessarily complex and confusing, disadvantage students with less access to technology, and narrow the curr […]
Did you know the New York City Department of Education still grants study sabbaticals? Well, they do. I took one last year. I know two people on them this year. And the application for next year has been posted, and is due in just a few weeks. Here’s the DoE’s sabbatical page (very little explanation): […]
Thousands of students refused the PARCC test in Néw Jersey, including 1,000 students at Governor Christie’s alma mater, Livingston High School. In one district, 30% of the students refused to take the test.
Who will be the next superintendent of the Boston Public Schools (and who really gets to decide???) It’s a bird. No–it’s a plane. No–it’s actually snow. Why it’s snowing men, reader! Four men to be precise, each of whom longs to lead the Boston Public Schools. But first these *he’s* must make their way through […]
Last month I wrote about an attempt in Anaheim, CA to privatize the management of another public school, using the so-called Parent Trigger law.The law, which turns parent against parent in a community, gives a temporary majority, who are willing (often cajoled) to sign a petition, the power to hand their public school over to a private company. That company […]