QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Originally posted on DCGEducator: Doing The Right Thing:

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Recently, I appeared on an Austin Based radio show, http://livingwealthyradio.com/?p=1743.

What appears below isn’t quite a transcript, but for those of you who are more linear than aural learners, here are both their questions and my answers.

INTRO:

Our guest, David Greene, is an educator, author, and a champion of experiential learning. He is going to help us better understand why we need a system of education that gives teachers the freedom and flexibility to focus on our children individually to inspire them to be great in their own ways, about how our educational system is changing to a one-size-fits all approach and how independent teachers are the solution.

DOING THE RIGHT THING: A TEACHER SPEAKS:  

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QUESTIONS:

You used to teach high school, David – was this when you first realized that education was going the wrong direction in this country?

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Dear Common Core English Standards: Can we talk?

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:

Back in 1993, when I had barely been teaching in my own high school English classroom for a month, I had an epiphany.  I looked around my classroom of ninth graders and realized, consciously, that they were not all going to become high school English teachers.  As epiphanies go, I admit that does not sound exceptional, but it was actually foundational for the rest of my career in education.  The reason for this was that I simultaneously realized that I was teaching English because of the lifelong qualitative relationship that I had with reading and writing in English.  My father probably read “Oscar the Otter” to me every night for a month when I was four.  As a young reader, I often wondered if I would ever have a friend as cool as Encyclopedia Brown’s sidekick, Sally Kimball.  Later, I was positive that I found a lifelong friend in Charles…

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WOW! Punk Rock Education Style!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

WOW! Read this!

The revolution is beginning. The reformers are in trouble. People are waking up and catching on.

“Dad Gone Wild” writes about how he loved Punk Rock. He thought he was the only one. No one understood. That was back in 1977.

Now he found himself wondering about education reform. It didn’t feel right to him. He started looking, and he discovered he was not alone.

He writes:

“Then a crazy thing happened. Slowly but surely punk rock began to creep into the mainstream. I can remember the first time I heard the familiar chorus of the Ramones blasting from a car commercial. Iggy Pop music was being used in Carnival Cruise ads. New bands were being formed that sited the forefathers as instrumental in their formation. The truth was beginning to reach people and they were embracing it. It was all very magical and validating.

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Not Your Grandparents’ Mathematics: Good Mathematics Education Drives Americans Crazy

Originally posted on @ THE CHALK FACE:

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“The proof of Theorem 3-6 is elementary but rather complicated; that is, we have used quite basic results, but we have used them in an involved sequence. You might contrast this proof and the skills you need to follow it with the numerical computations you once considered typical of mathematics. This proof provides a good example of what mathematicians really do.” From ABSTRACT ALGEBRA AND SOLUTION BY RADICALS – John E Maxfield & Margaret W. Maxfield, p. 62.

The above should be read and repeated every time someone complains about what it is progressive mathematics educators are trying to get students to do, to think about, to discuss, to grapple with, even in the primary grades of school mathematics. Until the average American understands and accepts that his/her narrow perspective on what mathematics is about is simply too limited to determine what math should be taught/learned in K-12 and how…

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Larry Lee: Guess Who Is Bashing Alabama’s Teachers?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Larry Lee is a writer in Alabama who has studied rural schools.

He writes:

“Teacher bashing” has become as common as bugs on a car windshield. It’s just something we’ve come to expect from the misguided and uninformed. However, I do not understand why universities, like Troy University in Alabama, spew venom at educators.

Troy has been around for nearly 130 years and like many regional colleges in the South, was created expressly to train teachers. In fact, it was known as Troy State Teachers College for years. Today they have one of the larger colleges of education in Alabama and have awarded degrees to 2,000 teachers in the past decade.

Yet a few days ago they released a dreadful attempt at scholarship entitled “Reinventing the Alabama K-12 System to Engage More Children in Productive Learning.” Once again we are subjected to a regurgitation of discredited notions about vouchers, charters…

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Are We Ready To Move Beyond Our Reform Wars?

Originally posted on @ THE CHALK FACE:

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, the ability to hold opposing opinions in mind is a sign of intelligence. Similarly, we should welcome Patrick Riccards’ call for dialogue, as we also explain why efforts to bridge differences must be pursued as teachers step up our counter-attack against corporate reform.

Riccards calls for a practitioner advisory board. He does so while admitting “that there aren’t a lot of educators working in what people like me call the reform arena. And that means we may not always understand many of the challenges of moving from idea to policy, policy to school, and then school to classroom.”

He would “identify educators who bring interesting ideas to the table. Create a formal advisory board to get feedback and solidify ideas from those teachers. Have them be part of the reform process, and not just someone reform happens to.”

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Teachers as Conscientious Objectors

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

A group of teachers at a progressive public school in Néw York City have formed “Teachers of Conscience” and written the Chancellor of the school system to say that they could no longer administer the state tests to their students.

For their willingness to act on the demands of their conscience rather than serve as compliant enforcers of actions intended to rank and rate their students, I place them on the honor roll of this blog. They are indeed Teachers of Conscience. They are resisters and conscientious objectors. From small acts of conscience, multiplied, grow revolutions.

They were inspired to act by the Seattle teachers’ boycott of MAP testing, but also by their conviction that the tests distort the purpose of education. They act in opposition to market-based reform and the Common Core.

Here is their letter to the chancellor from Teachers of Conscience:

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