"After long days of grading papers and disciplining rowdy children, a growing number of tech-savvy teachers are creating online journals to vent about the stresses of the profession, according to this Houston Chronicle article (Teachers venting on blogs often go underground ). "Educators who have already embraced the technology — called blogs (short for web logs) — find themselves walking a fine, virtual line of conduct. They strive to entertain and inform, but can't violate their school districts' ethics policies or federal laws designed to protect students' confidentiality. Most teachers who blog have opted to do so underground — refusing to cite their names, ...

I frankly don't get what Eduwonk Andy gets out of banging so hard and long (and at times unreasonably) on the teachers unions, especially the AFT, as he seems to be doing again these days (with what little time he seems to have for blogging). His latest play, citing the support of other noneducation bloggers, might seem at first to be a sign of self-importance or a way of "settling" an argument, but it doesn't really have that effect -- who cares what Alterman says -- and has some of the feel of bringing in the calvary (or your big ...

Sick of words and looking for something interesting to listen to or watch? Check out these two recent NPR and PBS segments: "At a high school in Baltimore, two teachers take very different approaches to the start of a new semester. It's a chance to make a fresh start for some teachers, but also a confusing time, as new schedules upend their routines." (A New Semester At Northwestern High0) Over on PBS, check out Teaching Entrepreneurship: Watch as inner city high school students launch their own soda company, and hear why some say entrepreneurship education is "the civil rights issue ...

Earlier this month, Amy Waldman's article about the effort to rebuild New Orleans schools ("Reading Writing, Resurrection"), came out in The Atlantic Monthly -- a beautifully written, full-length magazine piece about the context and the characters surrounding what is a unique but still relevant effort at urban school reform. (Sadly, it's not available unless you subscribe to The Atlantic or have a friend who does.) On the HotSeat, Waldman tells how she decided to do the story, how the district's recovery effort sometimes resembles postwar Iraq, what happens when choices are more theoretical than real, and what she thinks the ...

Over at Intercepts, Mike Antonucci has -- yikes -- a video podcast about NCLB and all of its nefarious effects. Chief among them: "NLCB Make Sun God Angry." Check it out. While you're there, you can also check out the videos for Van Halen's Hot For Teacher or the efforts of a teacher-led cover band called, yes, No Child Left Behind....


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