Monthly Archives: January 2021

Want to Appreciate Teachers? Vaccinate Us Before Reopening Schools

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
This year I don’t need a free donut. I don’t need a Buy One Get One coupon for school supplies. I don’t need a novelty eraser or a mug with a happy saying on it. I…

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La. Virtual School’s Whopper Course Sizes, with a Side of Edgenuity

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
At the outset of the tumultuous, 2020-21 pandemic school year, I was asked if I preferred to teach at my district’s virtual school rather than return to the classrrom in person. I…

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Donald Trump: America’s Liar-in-Chief

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Washington Post fact-checkers have kept a meticulous record of Donald Trump’s lies, and there were so many of them that it became a nearly full-time job. Every time he spoke at a…

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Meet Miguel Cardona, Soon to Be Secretary of Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Connecticut Mirror wrote a revealing in-depth analysis of Secretary-designate Miguel Cardona’s life, career, and education ideas. His meteoric rise has been well documented. He grew up in poverty. He started public school…

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Meet Cindy Marten: The New Deputy Secretary of Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Biden-Harris administration announced the selection of Cindy Marten, superintendent of schools in San Diego for the past seven years, as its choice for Deputy Secretary of Education. I have known her for…

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Mimi Swartz: Ted Cruz, Liar and Thug

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Since his revolting performance at the failed revolt on January 6, Ted Cruz has emerged as leader of what is known as the #SeditionCaucus. Mimi Swartz, executive editor of the Texas Monthly and…

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Andrea Gabor: Now Is the Time to Revive Civics Education and Media Literacy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Andrea Gabor argues that the violent storming of Congress is reason to revive civics in schools. Clearly, she writes, many Americans do not understand the norms of a democratic government (including, I would…

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John Thompson Reviews “A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door”: A Frightening Future Ahead

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, historian and retired teacher in Oklahoma, reviews historian Jack Schneider and journalist Jennifer Berkshire’s A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door. Schneider and Berkshire have collaborated on podcasts called “Have You Heard.”…

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William Franz Public School: A Must-Read for Those Who Think They Know New Orleans

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
Anyone purporting to understand the challenges of K12 education in New Orleans absent knowledge of the disgraceful, entrenched history of Black oppression and White superiority in the city (and enabled by the…

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