A seat at the table?

“I’d rather sit alone than sit with fakes and snakes. If you can’t be real and loyal then stay away from me and my table.” ― Reddioui Islam This from the excellent Fred Klonsky: Lily and Randi get their seat at the table. They are surrounded by corporate reformers. Maybe it’s just me, but I find myself… Read more »

#whatschoolsneed

Sometimes opportunities are too good to pass up. This tweet came out from the US DOE recently and as a friend from Hawaii noted, “Seriously? The Feds destroy schools and then want us to send them pictures of the damage they created?” Why yes- and I hope everyone responds appropriately. Respond via the original tweet… Read more »

Education and the Gritty American Student

“Were these magic grits? I mean, did you buy them from the same guy who sold Jack his beanstalk beans?”- Vinny Gambini Ahhh…. grit. The magic elixir of the corporate education reformer. That vague ideal the gritty American, able to overcome all odds through gritty perseverance. The Rooster Cogburn, all-American hero True Grit. (Did you… Read more »

More students, less money

“The great enemy of freedom is the alignment of political power with wealth. This alignment destroys the commonwealth – that is, the natural wealth of localities and the local economies of household, neighborhood, and community – and so destroys democracy, of which the commonwealth is the foundation and practical means.” -Wendell Berry The long term… Read more »

Inefficient and inequitable school construction- and how banks profit off of it

Okay, Nerd Herders- this is for you: “When you think of schools as an infrastructure project, local control presents a unique problem: it’s inefficient and inequitable.  It’s inefficient because you’re asking every local school board in the country to borrow millions of dollars to construct or renovate school buildings. Inevitably, when a tiny school board… Read more »

NLRB labels Charters as ‘Private’

“In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right-to-work.’ It provides no ‘rights’ and no ‘works.’ Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining…. We demand this fraud be stopped.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Oh charter schools, the National… Read more »

The selling off of the Democratic Party

“The idea behind charter schools is that not all kids are the same—they have different needs; they have different environments—but there is a certain common level of education that all kids need, no matter how different they are, and that it would be a good thing to allow schools to be developed which had a… Read more »

Breakfast on the Floor. Poof. Gone.

On August 10th I posted a blog detailing the breakfast situation at my former school, Jewell Elementary. Feel free to read to catch up. Within less than 24 hours of posting the blog the breakfast policy was changed. Poof. Gone.  Social media is very useful in exposing bad policies, which then require people to acknowledge the… Read more »

F%#k the Standards!

I really don’t think I can express how tired I am of hearing teachers tell me how they are required to use the standards, go back to the standards, write down the standards, test the standards, and state the standards. Seriously FUCK the standards. There is NO research to demonstrate that standards improve student achievement…. Read more »