Every bit of education reform is an excuse to continue the unconscionable neglect of our children. As Pogo wisely noted, "We have met the enemy and he is us." We did this to our children and our schools.
While for many kids summer is long-awaited, for many parents it's long-feared. It's a time when low-income kids are losing ground and gaining weight rather then gaining ground and losing weight; a time when they are slipping down the summer slide.
"So I guess you just deny that there are any bad teachers at all." This is a popular retort to various forms of "Your system for evaluating teachers is a lousy system." It is a dumb retort. It is dumb in the same way the following exchanges are dumb.
Ironically, when advocates of this system of "profit education" talk about the growing poverty that exists in schools and the need to be able to provide for the well being of the total child, poverty is obfuscated by an insistent claim that it is an excuse, not a cause of poor performance.
Standards are great. We need to have benchmarks for students to promote educational success. But standards work even better when educators are able to gauge the needs of students and determine the best measures to assess their performance.
If children tell you that they do not like poetry, the first question you should ask is whether they have ever been taught how to read it.
The conservative mantra is that under our constitutional system, the people's elected representatives are supposed to make such decisions, not unelected judges. Conservatives' delight in the Vergara decision seems utterly inconsistent with this principle.
If these questions had been asked BEFORE the teacher evaluation system was "rolled out," perhaps we would not be busy revising it. Here are ten questions I wish education leader in any state would ask more often.
California Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu ruled in Vergara v. California that the solution to the long-standing, complex challenge of ensuring all children, particularly underserved children, have access to high-quality public education is to strip teachers of their rights. Period. End of story.
"While there is rich cultural diversity in Asian countries, it is not as pronounced or complex as in many Western systems such as the USA and the UK....
Exposés about corruption, self-interest and corporate and philanthropic influence on public education policy are not enough. Pointing out the absence of evidence to support current policies is not enough. We need to reclaim the initiative as advocates for alternate strategies for improvement.
In the name of indebted students, Governor Cuomo's plan to fund college credit bearing education programs in 10 New York State prisons was ditched within a month of his celebratory announcement. Now we're all left with nothing.
Inadequately educated citizens see the world in black and white, settle for sound bites rather than discourse, fail to distinguish information from disinformation, and succumb to manipulation by clever attack ads and faux news.
"Learning both art and science - both coding and designing - is needed. You need to position yourself so that when the world changes, you're ready f...
You would think "Let's pay teachers more" would be a fairly straightforward proposal. We could raise state taxes or even use some of that free federal money that DC makes appear out of nowhere.
Students Matter proclaimed early and often that one of the chief goals of Vergara was to position PR firm Griffin Schein, since reborn as We Are Rally, as a leader in the Students Mattering space. So pretty much just like Brown vs. Board of Education if Brown was actually a PR campaign bankrolled by a single wealthy individual.