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November 08, 2012

Teacher Bashing Is a Loser

Across America, the final votes are being counted and recounted, but we can be sure of one result that will not change: bashing teachers is not a winning proposition in this country. American voters still believe in those teachers that helped shape their lives and that are doing the same for their c...

October 29, 2012

It's a Trick or Treat Election

I have been a diligent student of this Presidential election. I have watched all the debates, viewed all the ads in two battleground states, read the barrage of emails from the candidates, and studied the education records and promises of Governor Romney and President Obama. My conclusion is that---...

October 22, 2012

Stop the Madness of High-Stakes Testing

I took the time to read many of the letters that were written by teachers and parents to President Obama through a campaign organized by Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody. While I was not thrilled with the timing of this campaign, I could not ignore the pain expressed by too many teachers and parents, ...

September 17, 2012

Yes, Teachers Do Have A Breaking Point

We all remember the scene in the movie Network where a character throws open the window, sticks his head out, and yells, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore." Last week, about 30,000 educators in Chicago came to a similar breaking point. It was a fascinating week for watchers an...

August 22, 2012

New Poll Shows Public Confidence in Teachers

Today, the 44th annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public Attitudes Toward the Public Schools was released. While the poll shows considerable division reflective of the current polarization in our country, one area of consensus was trust and confidence in our teachers. The report published ab...

May 31, 2012

One Million Teachers Just Choked

I have had the pleasure of working with some great teachers who happen to be registered Republicans, and they've been pretty loyal to their Party's nominees in the past. They have let me know how disappointed they have been with the current administration's preoccupation with using student test data...

May 07, 2012

A Ceasefire for Teacher Appreciation Week

This is Teacher Appreciation Week. It is a time to honor the men and women who strive daily to provide every child in every classroom with an opportunity for a bright future. It is not a time to attack teachers' salaries, benefits, job security, or professionalism. For this one week of the year, le...

March 27, 2012

Listen to the Students

There is nothing more meaningful to a teacher than honest student feedback. Too often, students are reluctant to tell teachers when they are bored, frustrated, angry, or excited by their lessons. Student feedback would help all teachers be more relevant, more inclusive, and more personalized in thei...

March 12, 2012

Teacher Morale Plummets

The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher confirms what we have known for the last two years--teachers have become less satisfied with their jobs. The survey statistics indicate that job satisfaction has dropped 15 points in the past two years, and now stands at 44 percent. This is the lowest level...

February 13, 2012

Flunking 3rd Graders is Not an Intervention

It may surprise a lot of you, but I am a great reading teacher. It could be because I was a great reader and loved reading everything I got my hands on. It could be because I had great education professors who taught me how to teach reading through phonics and whole language. It could even be that I...

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