Teachers do not see children as future widgets for the economy but as inquisitive, passionate beings with many, many gifts that are not reflected by a test score.
September 2010 Archives
Our politicians and their billionaire sponsors are leading us on another phony moral crusade. But instead of a war on drugs, we have a war on teachers.
We can all agree there are bad teachers out there who are doing a disservice to children. Are there no bad principals?
Politicians who jump on this bandwagon are making a dangerous miscalculation in launching this war on teachers. We are not going to take it lying down.
Isn't it strange that the media and billionaire education reform hobbyists have decided that the future of our nation hangs on weeding out the bottom 5% of our teachers?
A news organization ought to give a balanced presentation of the controversy, with competing perspectives represented by the most reputable and respected advocates available.
Why was I blocked for three days? Is it because they do not actually wish to enter into a genuine dialogue about education reform?
Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus possibly lying by omission), or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response
Language is powerful. Let's start by reclaiming the term education reform for those who actually seek to improve the institution of democratic public education in our nation.
Ideologically driven projects like this have a way of over reaching, over-promising. And the moment that they reach their apex is the moment they begin to collapse. Updated!
We have defined the ecosystem in such a way that the only relationship that matters is the one between the teacher and student. What if this is not so?
So while there is a great deal of rhetoric and chest thumping about how important teacher quality is, the activities that are so important to improving that quality have been diminished
Feeling powerless is demoralizing, and it makes teachers even less effective.
Our educational system is waltzing with a crowd of reformers who have the hubris to think they know a cure to every ill