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March 05, 2011

Peggy Robertson: Which is More Important? Wisconsin or Charlie Sheen?

The American Dream stays strong in the hearts of the protesters chanting across our country, like a tree that falls in the forest with no one around. How much louder the chanting would be, if only everyone knew the tree was ever so close to home.

March 01, 2011

An Open Letter to Bill Gates: Higher Class Sizes will Drive Teachers Out

The best thing you could do for schools would be to launch a campaign aimed at getting wealthy corporations and individuals to pay their fair share of taxes, so that the public schools, which rely on tax dollars, are not primarily funded by the middle class, which is hurting so badly now.

February 27, 2011

An Unlikely Hero Breaks Through the Blackout: Diane Ravitch

she has spoken passionately about the many teachers who have been writing to her as a result of her advocacy. She has truly given us a voice in places where we have been silenced. And she is tireless in her advocacy.

February 24, 2011

What Does a "Good Wife" Do When a "Stern Father" Becomes Abusive?

the teacher has become a sort of "wife." And there is pressure on her to be a "good wife." The "good wife" must subordinate herself to the authority of the father, and enforce the rules the father has set forth.

February 23, 2011

Solidarity Forever: Let This Principle Defend our Schools

In the streets of Madison, and in solidarity events around the country an old song is being sung, one I have not heard for many years.

February 20, 2011

Wisconsin Teachers Show Us How to Resist the Shock Doctrine

What's happening in Wisconsin is an excellent example of what I describe as "shock resistance," because people are naming this while it's happening, they're saying "you're manufacturing a crisis so that you can exploit it."

February 18, 2011

Are You There, Mr. President? Madison is Calling

Did you hear that our international test scores are actually excellent when we look at the scores of the children not living in poverty? Do you really believe poverty has nothing to do with the woes of our public schools? Have you read the research?

February 18, 2011

Dave Greene: Time for The Practical Wisdom of Teaching

Weren't your best teachers those who had this practical wisdom? Weren't they the ones who had character, along with certain principles and virtues that you may have not appreciated at the time?

February 15, 2011

Marie Levey-Pabst: Will the Teach For America Elite Save the Poor?

If we as a country really believe that sending in privileged folks to see how the "other" side lives is part of the solution to our education problem I think that is denying collective ownership of the problem of inequality and it is also ignoring what the folks we are "helping" have to offer.

February 14, 2011

Let's Show Struggling Schools Some REAL Love: A Valentine for the Bottom 5%

We must show teachers at our most difficult schools our appreciation for the challenges they are taking on, and give them the support they need, not pretend to be giving them "love" in the form of firing them.

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