Author: Mitchell Robinson

White House Press Conferences: The New Faculty Meetings

White House Press Conferences: The New Faculty Meetings

Watching today’s Corona Virus Task Force press briefing, I experienced flashbacks to so many faculty meetings I’ve attended during my career as a teacher… The meeting begins with opening remarks from the “big boss” (think: Trump), alternating between attempts at morale building (“We are doing so great! Better than ever before!”), paranoid defenses of the boss’ policies when challenged (“I’d […]

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Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases

In the Coronavirus crisis, look for the “Nurturers”

In a time when our national leadership is glaringly, terrifyingly absent–and in fact, has made a horrific situation even worse, if that’s possible–I’ve been most impressed with the abundance of natural leaders emerging all around us… Chefs like Cleveland’s Michael Symon, who is offering free cooking lessons on the Food Network’s Facebook feed every day at 5pm. He’s focusing on […]

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Healthcare: A Love/Hate Story…

Healthcare: A Love/Hate Story…

Amid all the murky and dramatic national conversations about the disaster that is our current healthcare system, one sometimes stumbles upon a moment of potential clarity. This is one of those moments… At a social event the other night, I met a person who worked for a large regional health insurance company. The conversation, naturally, came around to the topic […]

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President Donald Trump poses for a photo with students of Saint Andrew Catholic School on Friday, March 3, 2017, during a tour of the school in Orlando, Florida. Also shown is U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

A Betsy DeVos-approved accreditation group authorized a “visa mill” college with no students or faculty

According to a breaking story in USA Today, a Betsy DeVos-sanctioned accreditation agency gave approval to operate for Reagan National University in South Dakota, a “university” with no students, faculty, administration, or facilities–things which one might think an “accreditation agency” might notice. DeVos’ Department of Education saved this accreditor from being removed from the DoE’s list of approved accreditation agencies, […]

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Dear Democrats: No Candidate is Perfect, Keep Your Eye On The Prize

Dear Democrats: No Candidate is Perfect, Keep Your Eye On The Prize

Amy’s a mean boss. Elizabeth checked Native American on an application. Pete’s got problems with African Americans. Joe voted for a war. Bernie’s a socialist. No candidate is perfect. And each of the “problems” listed above is far more complicated and nuanced than it appears. For example… If Sen. Klobuchar was a man, her management style would be common, expected…and […]

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Donald Trump’s Impeachment Book Club!

Donald Trump’s Impeachment Book Club!

Amidst the overnight announcement of John Bolton’s upcoming tell-all memoir, based on his front-row seat for this administration’s extortion of Ukraine in order to cheat in the 2020 elections, other members of Trump’s inner circle are now drooling over the prospects of 7-figure book deals of their own. Although none of these books have been announced as of this date, […]

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Thought Adam Schiff’s impeachment presentation was good? Public school teachers do that every day

Thought Adam Schiff’s impeachment presentation was good? Public school teachers do that every day

While I absolutely agree that Adam Schiff did a wonderful job presenting the impeachment case against the president, I must confess that I’m a little surprised at how amazed so many seem to be at how smoothly he delivered his information, the quality of his argument, and his use of audio/visual materials. Because if you were impressed with Mr. Schiff’s […]

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Courtesy of Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action.

We Measure What We Treasure, and Other Myths About Education Policy…

I received a phone call from a music teacher last night whose principal had recently marked her down on an unannounced, “drive-by” observation…because the students “weren’t engaged.” When she asked how the principal had come up with that rating, she was told the “evidence” upon which the comment was made was based on the principal’s observation that “only 10% of […]

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Photo credit: Steven Singer

ProTips, Holiday Edition: Avoiding the “Corporate-Reform-Agenda-Propaganda” (i.e., CRAP)

In the aftermath of the recent Public Education Forum in Pittsburgh last week, I’ve noticed an uptick in the number of education reform related posts on social media. Unfortunately, just as with our more strictly political dialogue these days, it can be difficult to distinguish between facts and “Corporate-Reform-Agenda-Propaganda” (i.e., CRAP), or #alternativefacts. In the spirit of giving, I offer […]

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“How will we know how our kids are doing if we don’t test them?” Here’s how…

“How will we know how our kids are doing if we don’t test them?” Here’s how…

Attending the recent Public Education Forum in Pittsburgh last weekend was a wonderful experience in many ways…getting a chance to hear what many of the presidential candidates had to say about public education; meeting some of my favorite education reporters bloggers, and activists; and finally seeing public education receive the attention it deserves as one of the most important issues […]

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Rating the Presidential Candidates at the Public Education Forum…with the Danielson Teacher Evaluation Rubric!

Rating the Presidential Candidates at the Public Education Forum…with the Danielson Teacher Evaluation Rubric!

I just got home from Pittsburgh where Chris Savage and I were covering the Public Education Forum for Eclectablog, and have been looking forward to sharing my thoughts on what transpired. Before we get to the candidates’ performances, I want to make sure to congratulate the organizers of this event, especially Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, and […]

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