Casey: No one becomes a teacher to become rich. We do so out of a vocation, a calling to educate and care for young people.
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November 20, 2014
November 18, 2014
Meier: Does a climate of fear help create excuses for more and more emergencies that can't be turned over to "the people"?
November 13, 2014
Casey: Attacks will be made on teacher and public employee pensions. Due process rights for teachers will be assailed.
November 11, 2014
Meier: Schooling for democracy must essentially be schooling for teaching the arts and crafts of ruling: to students, their teachers, and their families and neighbors.
November 06, 2014
Casey: The imposition of a business model and "market discipline" on public education, with the use of high-stakes standardized exams as a "bottom line," has done serious damage.
November 04, 2014
Meier: Did you know that teachers in the United States are at the very top when it comes to the number of hours they spend directly working with children? By top, of course, I mean bottom. They teach far, far more hours a week and weeks a year than teachers elsewhere.
October 16, 2014
Casey: In my judgment, the [common-core] standards have the potential to do some real good.
October 14, 2014
Meier: I think some of the practices of even the AFT (and the UAW) have been deleterious to the important sense of membership.
October 09, 2014
Casey: Isn't this our vision of democracy in our schools, Deb, that it should be focused on the good of the entire school community?
October 07, 2014
Meier: If schools were to operate as democracies, what are some examples of how that might work?