Tag: Schools

“How Are You Doing With Teaching in This Pandemic?” Not So Well…

“How Are You Doing With Teaching in This Pandemic?” Not So Well…

A friend asked me how I was doing during this pandemic, and I thought I’d share my perspective as a teacher who has struggled to find my footing in our new reality… How am I doing, you ask? To be honest, not well. I’ve been a teacher for 40 years now, and I really love teaching. I love the interactions […]

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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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The Tide is Turning Against Charter Schools…Finally!

The Tide is Turning Against Charter Schools…Finally!

It’s become clear that public opinion has finally shifted against charter schools, vouchers, and the privatization of public education by corporate education reformers. This shift is now creating a great deal of frustration and uneasiness within the corporate ed reform community, who are sensing that their efforts over the past couple of decades may not be successful after all–and that […]

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[PODCAST] Why do we need to #FireBetsyDeVos and, once she’s gone, what do we need to fix? – With special guest Mitchell Robinson

[PODCAST] Why do we need to #FireBetsyDeVos and, once she’s gone, what do we need to fix? – With special guest Mitchell Robinson

Sign up for our new mailing list at our new website: FireBetsyDeVos.com Mitchell Robinson on Twitter: @MRobMSU Mitchell Robinson’s website: MitchellRobinson.net Mitchell Robinson at Eclectablog: Want to Make Teaching Great Again? Here’s How… Mitchell Robinson at Eclectablog: The Top Five Worst Things Betsy DeVos has Done Since She Took Office Mitchell Robinson at Eclectablog: Cory Booker is a Hard Pass […]

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Let the Gaslighting Commence: Covington Catholic High School Edition

Let the Gaslighting Commence: Covington Catholic High School Edition

Aaaaand, the gaslighting around the Covington Catholic High School controversy has begun. “He wasn’t smirking…he was nervous.” “He was frightened…that man was right in his face!” “There were black Muslims saying awful things to those boys!” “The press is distorting the narrative because of their hatred for Trump!” “Just because those boys were wearing MAGA hats doesn’t mean they were […]

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Hug a music teacher today…

Hug a music teacher today…

Every time I go out to observe one of our music student teachers, I come away thinking three things… 1. These new music teachers are really, really good. Much better than I was just coming out of school. More musically versatile, more aware of the profession, so passionate about teaching kids about music. In spite of the doom & gloom […]

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Bill Schuette, and His Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Ideas About Education in Michigan

Bill Schuette, and His Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Ideas About Education in Michigan

Attorney General Bill Schuette has been part of the team running the state of Michigan for the past 8 years. Why anyone would think he has suddenly come up with some new, out-of-the-box ideas on how to improve the state’s schools, just because he’s now running for governor, is simply beyond me. But the good folks over at Bridge took […]

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Betsy DeVos says charter schools are the Uber or Lyft of “school choice”–and that’s not a good thing

Betsy DeVos says charter schools are the Uber or Lyft of “school choice”–and that’s not a good thing

Secretary of Education and Saturday Night Live fixture Betsy DeVos is fond of saying that picking a school should be as easy as choosing an Uber or a Lyft. She bases this belief on the economic theories that buttress much of the neo-liberal and conservative approach to education reform: As economist Milton Friedman had theorized decades earlier, Ohio legislators believed […]

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The sinister motive behind Trump & DeVos’ plan to “harden schools”

The sinister motive behind Trump & DeVos’ plan to “harden schools”

The news has been full of reports over the last few weeks on the need to “harden” our schools in response to the seemingly daily onslaught of school shootings in our nation. Many of our elected officials, such as President* Donald Trump and Secretary of Education* Betsy DeVos, have called for teachers and other school personnel to be given firearms […]

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New poll shows parents want better support and funding for public education & teachers, not more “choice”

New poll shows parents want better support and funding for public education & teachers, not more “choice”

The bad news is that Betsy DeVos and her corporate pals are spending incredible amounts of money to convince parents that public schools are “failing”. The good news is that it’s not working. A new poll out this week shows that, despite efforts by corporatists like Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos and others to push for-profit charter schools under the […]

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The media’s infatuation with “data”, and why it’s so wrong

The media’s infatuation with “data”, and why it’s so wrong

The Hartford Courant recently published a stunningly uninformed editorial on the Connecticut State Board of Education’s decision to eliminate the use of student test scores in teacher evaluations–a move widely praised by most of the education community. The Courant’s position was clear–and a blend of equal parts ignorance and arrogance: The state Board of Education recently agreed not to include […]

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