We are in “Deep” Doo Doo: Latest Buzz Word of Caution

(By Morna McDermott) Here it is: DEEP LEARNING It’s something we can all start following/investigating. It’s a word… like GRIT, PERSONALIZED LEARNING, CHOICE, and 21st c LEARNING…words that are code for corporate colonization… meet “deep learning.” About Deeper Learning In a purely technical (near indecipherable) way, it can be defined: As a set of Machine… Read more »

Why So Emotional???

Emotions are running high these days due to ESSA opportunity. If the powers that be get their way, they will steer these emotions right where they want them, into the hands of the .01%. Don’t believe me?  Let’s do our best to get up to speed. But I have to tell you, two pots of… Read more »

Jack Hassard: The Undemocratic Character of Improving Struggling Schools

“The strategy of school reconstitution advocated by many states and the Federal government, is highly questionable, and in most cases, a perversion of the democratic notion upon which public school education is rooted.” In this piece, former high school teacher and professor Jack Hassard takes up a wonderful- and research-based- defense of the public school… Read more »

A teacher responds to the Chicago Tribune

Found on Facebook, and shared in its entirety. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Here is my response to the Trib’s b.s. editorial today. I’m guessing they won’t print it, so I’m self-publishing. (Feel free to share!) Tribune Editorial Board: Today’s editorial is the most clueless piece of nonsense yet from the Trib editorial board. Does anyone on the board… Read more »

Grit + Technology + Eugenics = A Recipe for Profit and Control

By Morna McDermott HOW RACIST IS GRIT? READ ON The Eugenicists of the 19th and 20th centuries used “science” and ideologies of “progress” to establish, and perpetuate racist, and classicist, diagnostic practices; notably via standardized testing. Most creators of standardized testing were members of the Eugenics movements- so it follows that as standardized testing is… Read more »

Every article on teacher shortages is a distraction

“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” ― Karl A. Menninger Articles on teacher shortages irritate the crap out of me. This fall, they’ve become all the rage: here’s one from NPR, one from U.S. News and World Report, from the Christian Science Monitor, Marketplace and The Cap Times. Why am I irritated so?… Read more »

Opt Out is DEAD

In its current form. Did I get your attention? Good. Because right now I feel like I back peddled five years ago to the time when several of us started an FB page to create opt out guides/resources for each state. At that time, we/opt outers were mocked, ignored, and ostracized. Lots of big wig… Read more »

Deceptions, exposed

“Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.” ― Criss Jami So people, let’s have a chat about Diane Ravitch and how she treats you all like… Read more »

The New Yorker: Stop Humiliating Teachers

I’m not sure why this is finally making the rounds in September (did it earlier and I not see it?- because that would be hard to believe)- but this from the New Yorker was pretty spot on. A couple of minor missteps but it’s worth the read.  

Black to School: The Rising Struggle to Make Black Education Matter

For those who may have taken the summer off from such matters, Jesse Hagopian does an excellent job of summarizing where we are at in our fight for equity in our education system. An EXCELLENT read that covers the keys information regarding charter schools, DFER, the NAACP, standardized testing, and the Black Lives Matter movement…. Read more »