Alabama opts to remain stupid

March 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

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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 [...]

Onward Christian robots

July 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

No Test Score Left Intact

March 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

This post may require counseling

January 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

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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 [...]

The University of Texas Inc.

August 5, 2011 // 1 Comment

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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 [...]

Why I’m tough on teachers

July 10, 2011 // 5 Comments

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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 [...]

Shirley Franklin hates the media (cont’d)

June 30, 2011 // 0 Comments

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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 [...]

Dumb-ass Americans

May 6, 2011 // 0 Comments

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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 [...]

Boehner (wisely) calls Obama’s bluff

January 24, 2011 // 1 Comment

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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, [...]

A nation of Adam Sandlers

July 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

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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, [...]

Preschool prom

April 30, 2010 // 2 Comments

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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 [...]