No doubt Common Core is imperfect, but at least its goals are aspirational — something Tea Party types won’t abide. They claim it’s the heavy hand of big government they fear, but in truth their opposition is all about imposing a delusional, fundamentalist Christian worldview on impressionable kids. Alabama appears poised to opt out of Common […]Read more "Alabama opts to remain stupid"
The Republican Party of Texas seeks a ban on critical thinking. You can’t make this stuff up. We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose […]Read more "Onward Christian robots"
A fairly remarkable piece of journalism by the AJC, which analyzed test results for 69,000 public schools and found “high concentrations of suspect math or reading scores in school systems from coast to coast.” Suspicious test scores in roughly 200 school districts resemble those that entangled Atlanta in the biggest cheating scandal in American history, an […]Read more "No Test Score Left Intact"
Father Santorum plays to the crowd. Rick Santorum took a swipe at the president’s higher education push on Saturday. “President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college,” Santorum said. “What a snob.” The GOP candidate was speaking to a crowd of Tea Party activists in Troy, Michigan.Read more "If you’re not embarrassed by Rick Santorum you’re an embarrassment"
Fresh Loaf’s Gwynedd Stuart expresses some sympathy for Luis Rivera, the obviously contrite Gwinnett County math teacher forced to resign for crafting some rather ignorant word problems. Rivera’s 20-question homework assignment used slave beatings and picking cotton to link lessons about ex-slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass to math computation. One of the problems read: “If […]Read more "This post may require counseling"
Forget, for a minute, the blinding agent that is partisan thought. Whether you agree with the aims of The Occupants or not, we should all be troubled by the the rambling incoherence produced by the American educational system. I’m beginning to question evolution.Read more "Politics aside, the depth of the American 20something is pretty shallow"
The new Texas textbooks have debuted and, thanks to the America deification crowd, history will now be viewed through a Palin-esque prism. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson or John Adams? They are nowhere to be found in the new high school TEKS. Students apparently learned everything they need to know about them in eighth grade. A […]Read more "Garth Brooks in, George Washington out of Texas textbooks"
It may not be long before George W. Bush’s title as worst president from Texas is usurped. Rick Perry, often described as Bush on steroids, has spearheaded an effort to “re-engineer Texas’s leading public universities to become more like businesses, driven by efficiency and profitability.” The initiative stayed pretty much under the radar until last […]Read more "The University of Texas Inc."
My experience with public school teachers was decidedly mixed. I had some good ones. A few were inspirational. I had a tough-as-hell advanced math teacher (one of the mistakes of testing; I had zero aptitude for math, and less interest) who coaxed a B- out of me. Ms. Summers kicked ass. Regrettably, a sizable minority […]Read more "Why I’m tough on teachers"
According to a colleague, Atlanta’s former mayor was on the radio this morning blaming the media for the resignation of the city’s scandal-plagued schools superintendent, Beverly Hall. Franklin and Hall have a lot in common. Their tenures as mayor and superintendent, respectively, started strong but ended poorly. It’s the media’s fault.Read more "Shirley Franklin hates the media (cont’d)"
Three more cheers for the American education system (via Shit My Students Write): The rebel and onion armies showed grose negligence by having many of their battles right inside national parks, like Gettysburg. Although I am my own person, my relationship with my girlfriend of two and a half years has lead to a significant […]Read more "Dumb-ass Americans"
The Ohio Republican, along with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), will introduce legislation on Wednesday to reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program, the speaker’s office said Monday, making a school voucher initiative that Democrats, including Obama, have strongly opposed as a bargaining chip for beginning discussions on the administration’s desired education proposals. … Teachers unions have […]Read more "Boehner (wisely) calls Obama’s bluff"
National and local teachers unions sharply criticized The Times on Sunday when the newspaper published a database of about 6,000 third- through fifth-grade city school teachers ranked by their effectiveness in raising student test scores. “It is the height of journalistic irresponsibility to make public these deeply flawed judgments about a teacher’s effectiveness,” said a […]Read more "Teachers unions can’t handle accountability"
Wanna know why our education system sucks? Guys like this are teachers: This Wednesday, July 14, 2010 photo shows teacher and author Ray Sabini, who goes by the pen name Raymond Bean, during an interview about his book for middle grade readers, “Sweet Farts, Rippin’ it Old-School,” in New York. The book chronicles a 9-year-old […]Read more "A nation of Adam Sandlers"
In metro Atlanta and a few cities across the nation, some early childhood programs are giving their students a chance to experience prom, senior week and senior class trips before they march across the stage to receive their “diplomas.” The pomp and circumstance is part of a growing trend to introduce 4- to 6-year-olds to […]Read more "Preschool prom"