Colleagues, I am reposting Cindy Lutenbacher's letter to the NCTE from March. It applies not only to NCTE, but to IRA, and to all 21 of the organizations that are demanding that they too be required to submit standards, and be tested.
What is going on?
It could be that people have no idea what is really happening. In a recent article posted on yahoo, it was pointed out that some members of congress are supporting Race to the Top but don't really understand it. Is this true of education professionals also? Do they know what the Duncan plan entails? Not just magnet schools, not just
What Makes Something Popular On The Web? And What Makes Something Popular In The Education Blogosphere?As I’ve explained in earlier pieces, I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to ...
Helping Others Will Make You More HealthyA study has come out documenting that people who are generous reduce the levels of cortisol in their body. According to the study, cortisol is a “key mechanism in explaining the negative effects of stress on health.” Though the study uses an ...
Star Wars & Bloom’s Taxonomy RevisedLast week I posted about a short clip from YouTube that used The Pirates of The Caribbean to teach Bloom’s Taxonomy. Now, here’s a longer clip using Star Wars to demonstrate the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy. I’m adding the link to The Best Resources ...
I thought readers might find it useful if I collected what I consider to be the best posts I’ve written on what are commonly considered to be “school reform” issues. These posts are not just links to other resources (though they may include some of those, too). They are ones that contain more of my thoughts and reflections on those issues
Here are my choices for My Best Posts On “School Reform” (not in any order of preference):
Chico Unified School District officially in parking lot business
By ROGER H. AYLWORTH - Staff Writer
Posted: 08/05/2010 12:25:32 AM PDT
CHICO -- It's official: Besides providing education to about 12,000 students, the Chico Unified School District is going to be peddling parking places to 285 individuals.
Wednesday, the CUSD board of trustees, on a split vote, approved a plan to go into the parking business on a lot located at West Sacramento Avenue and Warner Street.
Up until this last school year, the lot — which is on the western end of the Chico High School campus — has been leased to Chico State University as a facility.
That lease subsidized the costs incurred by CUSD for use of the university stadium for the Almond Bowl and other activities, and brought in a few thousand dollars to the district as well.
In March, the CUSD board directed Jan Combes, assistant superintendent for business, to end the lease and look into the possibility of turning the so-called "Lot A" into a for-profit operation for the district.
Wednesday, she presented a plan to rent specific identified parking spaces to individuals for $500 for a year and $300 for a semester.
Admitting that the parking price is not cheap, Combes said they are competitive and even cheaper than the more than $700 charged by the city of Chico for a guaranteed parking place. If all of the spaces are rented, that would result in a gross annual revenue of $142,500, with the estimated costs of setting up the lot pegged at $7,775.
While there are pundits and bloggers who deny teachers have lost their jobs (You find ‘em. I’m not linking to them anymore. Besides, you know who they are.) Or there are those who don’t believe teacher and other public sector jobs are real jobs.
But the fact is that the private sector added 70,000 jobs last month
In a spectacular flameout on her first attempt as a blogger columnist for Huffington Post, new NYCDOE Director of Communications Natalie Ravitz has already demonstrated herself a worthy disciple of the Andrew Breitbart school of unprincipled journalism.
In her inaugural HuffPost column, Ms. Ravitz replies to criticism from historian, author, former Assistant Secretary of Education and now NYU Professor of Education Diane Ravitch regarding the drastically reduced 2010 NYS Math and ELA achievement levels of NYC's public school students. While she does not state the specific source of that criticism, it seems likely that Ms. Ravitz was responding primarily to Diane Ravitch's August 4 guest posting, "Mayoral Control Means Zero Accountability," on the Washington Post's "The Answer Sheet," moderated by Valerie Strauss. Regardless, Ms. Ravitz's first effort is distinctly amateurish and vindictive, astonishing for the low road it takes in attacking Ms. Ravitch
After the turmoil of the Watergate scandal, and the initiation of impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives, President Nixon decides to resign from office and announces the decision to the American people.
There's a concerted effort under way to improve life in the troubled north side neighborhood known as Lindsay Heights, with much of it modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone, where an array of services across every phase of childhood aims to make kids successful.
So here's a thought from Geoffrey Canada, the founder and leader of the New York-based effort:
During a visit to Madison last fall, Canada said that every year, he calls in a few teachers from charter schools that are part of the program. They are caring, hardworking people, he said. But their students haven't been achieving the levels of success the program demands.
He fires them. He can't settle for not succeeding.
Which brings us back to Lindsay Heights and the Academy of Learning and Leadership, an independent charter school that opened in 2003 with high hopes of sparking good things around its new building at N. 15th and W. Center streets.
Creating the school was a life ambition for Camille Mortimore, who had been a school principal and administrator in the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese. She wanted to build a school that would broaden
Louise Rogers Doggett
If you followed the lives of San Francisco's prominent families and civic leaders during the 1930s, '40s and '50s, you knew of the family of William Lister Rogers.
The patriarch was a 1924 Olympic gold medalist, Stanford trustee, hospital chief of staff, WWII combat surgeon in the Pacific Theater and nationally respected thoracic surgeon who treated persons inflicted with pulmonary tuberculosis years before the disease was understood and before an antibiotic had become
His equally impressive wife, Dorothy, led the political battle that preserved Fort Point at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, directed the World Affairs Council of Northern California, served as the first female president of San Francisco's Council of Churches, and received the highest honor Lebanon bestowed upon civilians, for her contribution to the American University of Beirut, where she served on the Board of Trustees.
Among the Rogers' three children was Louise, who passed away, mercifully without pain, of pancreatic cancer on July 22 at age 76.
In a family of high achievers who often appeared in the city's society pages, Louise never thought of herself as better than anyone else. She never complained even when
Arnold Schwarzenegger came into the governorship seven years ago believing that he could succeed where his predecessors had failed in dealing with California's thorniest issues.
He'll leave office in a few months, having learned the hard way that California is difficult, and perhaps impossible, to govern.
Its ever-expanding economic and cultural complexity collides with a politics so ossified and diffused, with so many officeholders and institutions sharing authority, that no one is truly accountable for outcomes.
Schwarzenegger offered his take on that dysfunction during a presentation in Fresno the other day, a truncated version of which follows:
"There is no one in the state that tries to derail the state or state government, but over the