Monthly Archives: January 2014

Connecticut Teacher: Why I Want to Quit Teaching

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
[Note to readers: I abridged this article to comply with copyright limits. Please open the link and read the article in full at the Hartford Courant, which had the good sense to publish…

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Valerie Strauss Dissects the Empty Rhetoric in Obama State of the Union Address

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
President Obama continues his policy of using the State of the Union to demonstrate the gap between what he says and what his administration does. Valerie Strauss carefully dissects that speech here in…

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Failure and Error among Doctors and Teachers

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
I had a conversation with a friend* last week about the two posts detailing my failures as a teacher with three students I have had over the years. He…

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North Carolina: Greatest Insult to Teachers Ever Cooked Up in Backroom

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I thought this must be a joke. It is not. North Carolina legislators are considering a law that would demolish the teaching profession and encourage teacher turnover. Call it the “here-today-gone-next-year” policy. The…

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Productivity

Some great words of wisdom from Zig Ziglar  Much of success is about performance. It’s about what we do and what we are able to inspire others to do. There are some simple performance principles I have learned in my … Continue reading

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Cartoons of Teachers and Kids Again

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Here is another collection of cartoons that show different sides of the teacher and student relationship. Enjoy!  

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How the F*** do your students talk?

As I read the following passage in preparation for my weekly men’s bible study group, it just jumped out at me as being the central problem of what’s wrong with our society, therefore what is wrong with our schools.  Excerpt … Continue reading

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John Kuhn: The Tyranny of Big Data

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is one of the best posts I have read in a long while. I have been thinking quite a lot about Big Data and trying to understand why so many Big Thinkers…

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Originally posted on Just Add Tea:
Around the nation, teachers everywhere are falling down in their beds, exhausted from the first day back after the Winter Holiday. And more than a handful are probably questioning their sanity for taking on…

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What’s the Matter With Kansas’ Schools?

This article sounds like the same song as what is happening in Texas, just another verse.  KANSAS, like every state, explicitly guarantees a free public education in its Constitution, affirming America’s founding belief that only an educated citizenry can preserve … Continue reading

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