Author: Mitchell Robinson

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore.

Mike Pence is gaslighting us all

Mike Pence is every principal or superintendent who has looked a teacher straight in the eye and told them that they were being terminated for low student test scores, even though most of the teacher’s students come to school every day hungry and tired. Mike Pence is every business owner who cuts his employees’ hours to avoid paying for their […]

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Guess who’s the most worried about Donald Trump becoming our next President?

Guess who’s the most worried about Donald Trump becoming our next President?

The last few days have been incredibly hard for many of us. I’ve been walking around in a fog; nothing about the world makes sense. One of the only things that’s made me feel any better since Tuesday night was spending time with my students, who are uncommonly caring, sensitive, bright, and passionate future music educators. Our conversations have been positive, […]

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The Today Show’s Matt Lauer deceptively pitches Shinola partnership as providing scholarships to needy Detroit kids

The Today Show’s Matt Lauer deceptively pitches Shinola partnership as providing scholarships to needy Detroit kids

Apparently Matt Lauer doesn’t know **** from Shinola when it comes to charter schools I happened to be watching The Today Show yesterday morning (which I have only recently returned to watching after NBC fired Billy Bush), and looked up to see anchor Matt Lauer in a hair net and booties, standing in the Shinola watch assembly room in downtown Detroit. […]

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The 2 biggest losers in this campaign: Respect and tolerance

The 2 biggest losers in this campaign: Respect and tolerance

Most of us would agree that this has been the dirtiest, nastiest presidential campaign in our lifetimes. One candidate has lied, evaded, and avoided continuously, and presents a clear and present danger to our nation, while the other has demonstrated…an inability to manage her email communication very well. Clearly, there are no good choices here. ; ) At the same time, […]

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It’s not about you: More adventures in institutional privilege, music education edition

It’s not about you: More adventures in institutional privilege, music education edition

As a 58 year old, married white man who was raised Christian, I “check off” most of the boxes on the Privilege Worksheet of Life. I’ve never been pulled over by a police officer for no reason; joggers don’t cross to the other side of the street to avoid me; I’m given the benefit of the doubt in virtually every situation in […]

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The charter school debate is over

The charter school debate is over

The charter school “debate” is no longer about charter schools vs. public schools (charters are not public schools — that myth has been exploded), or even about “for profit” vs. “not for profit” charters (the evidence HERE suggests this is really a difference without a distinction). No, the real issue here is about the true purpose of education, and whether […]

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The paradoxical world of education reform

The paradoxical world of education reform

I used to think that anyone who rose to a position of power and prominence in the world of education had to be smart, well-informed, and have significant teaching experience. The last few years of following the education reform debate, however, has disabused me of that notion. It seems as though so many of the people who hold positions of authority and […]

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Sorry, when it comes to education policy, this IS personal

Sorry, when it comes to education policy, this IS personal

I got into a bit of a Twitter tussle the other day with a self-styled “education policy expert” for a Michigan corporate education reform group. While this person has never taught in a public school, and has little background or experience in education at all, he is now the Education Policy Director for this organization. After exchanging tweets for a […]

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Charter school funding fiascos: Misplaced priorities and warped values

Charter school funding fiascos: Misplaced priorities and warped values

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the charter school industry, and it doesn’t look like things are looking up any time soon. In the wake of a devastating segment by John Oliver on the charter school business, and calls from civil rights groups like the NAACP and Black Lives Matter, the public is finally starting to question the […]

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