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Husks from avocados, normally discarded, yield plethora of medicinal compounds used to fight cancer & other illnesses

Husks from avocados, normally discarded, yield plethora of medicinal compounds used to fight cancer & other illnesses

Sometimes we need to take a break from politics to marvel at how badass science is. And, given the current situation, there’s no time like NOW! Plus I’m a scientist so I just can’t help myself. Last week, scientists from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley presented a paper at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American […]

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EXCLUSIVE interview with Congressman Dan Kildee on July 16 Indivisible Health Care Town Halls

EXCLUSIVE interview with Congressman Dan Kildee on July 16 Indivisible Health Care Town Halls

Michigan Indivisible groups to hold health care town halls in two districts where constituents want answers from their Republican representatives. It’s tempting to feel cynical about American politics right now. But if Congressman Dan Kildee still has faith in democracy, who are any of us to argue? After all, the Democratic Congressman from Flint, Michigan, has witnessed more than his […]

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Walberg and the GOP vote to put us back at the mercy of the big banks

Walberg and the GOP vote to put us back at the mercy of the big banks

Billionaires from New York city can count on Walberg’s vote, Michiganders can’t Like Donald Trump, Tim Walberg always seems to be on the lookout for ways to hurt the voters of Michigan’s 7th district, which Walberg allegedly serves. He’s already voted to uninsure 33,700 of his constituents, putting 14,390 with pre-existing conditions at risk of never being able to find […]

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from: https://today.ucf.edu/deal-moves-teaching-simulator-developed-at-ucf-into-private-sector/

The “Brave New World” of Teacher Evaluation

Just when you think the masters of the universe who run the corporate reform movement can’t be even more clueless, you catch wind of the newest effort to turn education into a profit-generating endeavor–this time, a hare-brained scheme to evaluate student teachers, by…and I swear I’m not making this up…observing them as they pretend to teach…wait for it…a fake “classroom” […]

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Gig Economy Graphic | by Senator Mark Warner

Beware the “Gig Economy” version of education

A recent blog post by Morna McDermott at Educationalchemy.com connects the dots between the recent surge in popularity of the new “Gig Economy” and unsavory influences from the usual suspects in the corporate education reform agenda, ALEC and Pearson. McDermott points out the K12 aspects of this connection (i.e., Competency Based Education (CBE) as an “alternative” to actual classroom learning, […]

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What you need to know about accountability, tests, and music

What you need to know about accountability, tests, and music

In the past couple of days I’ve seen a number of troubling statements about education and policy-related issues, like standardized testing, from a variety of political leaders. And I keep coming back to the same word to describe how I feel after reading their ideas about the state of public education. Disappointed. One of these statements was from a hopeful […]

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Photo credit: http://www.myballard.com/2011/08/31/seattle-public-schools-closed-today/

Closing schools is not an educational option

The suggestion that the solution to poorly performing students is simply closing schools is merely following what has become a common trope in the corporate education reform community–the notion that “the problems” in education can be solved simply by, variously, “getting rid of the bad teachers“, converting public schools to charter schools, continuously raising standards, or increasing the amount of […]

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When teacher silencing becomes dangerous…

When teacher silencing becomes dangerous…

Since publishing my post on teacher silencing yesterday, my mailbox has been inundated with stories from teachers about being harassed, threatened, and intimidated by school district administrators for posting their opinions about standardized tests, opting out, and other issues of education policy and practice. One teacher wrote: I was having a discussion this morning with a colleague and we weren’t […]

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Let the Poems Fall Where they May

Let the Poems Fall Where they May

It’s been a bit difficult for me to blog these past few weeks with everything going on in the world. Fortunately, the poet in me has regained her inspiration to create. April is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s a month that encourages me to celebrate poetry every day. It’s a month where poetry isn’t just an add-on, […]

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Forget ‘Awareness,’ President Trump, We Need Autism Acceptance

Forget ‘Awareness,’ President Trump, We Need Autism Acceptance

FYI: Fully funding research for autistic people of all ages would help a lot more than just sporting a pin Who can be mad at something as gauzy as “awareness,” especially when it’s tied to a serious disability like autism? Given that we’re faced with an administration who is looking to cut everything the government does to aid our physical […]

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Graphic credit: Gerd Leonhard

Are “Big Data” and “metrics” the new religion in education reform?

As anyone watching the corporate education reform movement can attest to, Big Data and metrics have become the coin of the realm to the reform community. Let any conversation between reformers and defenders of public education go on long enough and the reformer will eventually blurt out the magic words: “But…accountability!” This worldview seems informed by the belief that any […]

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