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March 27, 2011

Bilby & Greene: TFA Interns Need Better Preparation

In February I shared a conversation between a veteran teacher, David Greene, and his mentee, a former Teach For America intern named John Bilby. Today, we have a continuation of that dialogue, once again focused on how we ought to prepare teachers to work in our schools. John: Here we are again. T...

March 23, 2011

I am Educator, Hear Me Roar! An Interview with John Kuhn

the school reform movement is populated by self-promoting snake oil salesmen, and our elected officials are buying their tonic by the truckload.

March 22, 2011

Standing up for the Underdogs: Why I Support My Union

in these unprecedented times we need our unions for a much bigger task. We need our unions to help save the institution of public education in America.

March 20, 2011

Where are the Champions of Education Reform as School Funding Collapses?

The impending budget cuts are going to devastate schools that have been the one safe refuge for many of these children.

March 17, 2011

David Greene: Some Advice for Would-be History-Makers at Teach For America

For most of these kids, and please don't forget they are kids, it's a rather painful way to get into grad school. The road is hard. It is filled with potholes the size of canyons. Why would they choose that path instead of a smoother one?

March 14, 2011

A Tough Week for Magic Wands: 60 Minutes goes in Search of the Superteacher

Finally, we are getting the respect we deserve. But after seeing the deal close up last night, I am not sure it is much of a bargain after all.

March 10, 2011

The White House Is of Two Minds When It Comes to Bullying

Just as our children should stand with the victims of the schoolyard bully, parents and teachers at schools that escape the "failing" label should stand with those left behind, those fat kids with big ears, the schools with the vast majority of their children living in poverty.

March 09, 2011

Should Schools Trade Seniority for "Effectiveness" Rankings?

We will not drive improvement by intensifying the climate of fear that already plagues these schools. These schools already spend far too much time focused on test preparation, sacrificing the aspects of school most likely to engage and enliven their students.

March 08, 2011

Anthony Colucci: Learning from Educator and Civil Rights Martyr, Harry T. Moore

Let's follow Moore's example of acting and organizing. Let the politicians see our strength

March 06, 2011

Obama is Right: Education is a Bi-Partisan Issue

Education reform is not a partisan issue. Teachers have to stand up to Democrats and Republicans alike. And we will not be holding fundraisers or walking precincts for candidates of either party that pursue these destructive policies.

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