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The Skills Delusion

“Everybody agrees that better education and improved skills, for as many people as possible, is crucial to increasing productivity and living standards and to tackling rising inequality. But what if everybody is wrong?” Yeah, you know you’re interested. Read it here.

Don’t Know Much About History

“Is anyone else thinking that we should get over our obsession with job readiness and coding and start teaching civics, history and critical thinking again?” YES. Thanks for speaking it again Mrs. Rumphius. Read here and share for this beautiful paragraph: “In the most elite private schools and liberal arts colleges students do more than… Read more »

Why The Academic Achievement Gap Is A Racist Idea

The best piece going around lately on race and the “achievement gap”. In it, Ibram X. Kendi talks about what so many of us have been fighting for: “What if our educational system focused on opening minds instead of filling minds and testing how full they are? What if we realized the best way to standardize a… Read more »

Private Donations to Public Schools: The Latest Way to Undermine Funding Equity

Really not sure what else there is to say. A piece out of a Oregon looks at the role of school foundations- and the philanthropic ones, too. One of the brain slivers for me was the author’s recognition that as an early career teacher, none of this was important. It took years in the profession… Read more »

An Ivy League professor on why colleges don’t hire more faculty of color

I love when truth about some of the horrendous things in education comes out. Case in point: “The reason we don’t have more faculty of color among college faculty is that we don’t want them. We simply don’t want them.” To understand why this is a plea for increased diversity amongst higher education professors, read this over… Read more »

Why “Grading” Schools is Wrong

One of my favorite bloggers is Alison Collins. A mom and former educator, she blogs about primarily San Francisco public schools but often touches tangentially on many issues that I find interesting. In this blog post Alison hits back on the idea of how testing is used to measure our schools and how those measurements… 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 »

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 »

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 »