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George Takei vs. Tennessee “Don’t Say Gay” Bill | FDL Action

George Takei vs. Tennessee “Don’t Say Gay” Bill | FDL Action

George Takei vs. Tennessee “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

By: Jane Hamsher Friday May 20, 2011 8:54 am

A pending law in the Tennessee legislature would prohibit teachers from discussing homosexuality in the classroom, the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

So George Takei is helpfully offering Tennesseans who might feel constricted by such a law to use his name instead.

“Any time you need to say the word ‘gay,’ you can just say the word ‘Takei,’” he says.

For example, you could just say “Takei marriage.” You can march in a “Takei pride parade.”

Resisting Test Prep is Tricky « JD2718

Resisting Test Prep is Tricky « JD2718

Resisting Test Prep is Tricky

MAY 21, 2011 PM31 9:17 PM
by jd2718

I’ve been asked to do a math talk or a math teaching talk for a bunch of math teachers. (I like this). The host suggested I consider tying into the common core standards, but even better would be a talk on organizing all math teachers for the revolution that is needed.

Clever me, I’m thinking about a talk on avoiding the common core, or teaching around it, or ignoring it.

But I don’t know if I can do that. First of all, I need to read the damned documents. Skimming is not enough. But second, if teachers are going to be rated on student test scores…

which offends me on so many levels I can hardly begin – the scores will not reflect teaching skill – the metrics to account for different circumstances are primitive and cannot advance appreciably, no matter how many tweaks – so m

Mayor Bloomberg Offends Some With Comment About New York Parents - DNAinfo.com

Mayor Bloomberg Offends Some With Comment About New York Parents - DNAinfo.com

Mayor Bloomberg Offends Some With Comment About New York Parents

The mayor said parents from poor neighborhoods fighting his school-closure plan lack "formal education."

Mayor Bloomberg Offends Some With Comment About New York ParentsMayor Bloomberg offended some New Yorkers with comments about parents fighting his plan to shutter schools. (Jill Colvin/DNAinfo)

By Dave Goldiner

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN - Mayor Michael Bloomberg put his foot in his mouth Friday when he said that parents who oppose his plan to shut down poorly-performing schools lack "formal education."

On his weekly radio show, Bloomberg appeared to insult parents who are fighting to keep their children's schools, including several in Harlem, from being shut down.

"They never had a formal education and they don't understand the value of education," he said.

The billionaire mayor showed his tone-deaf side when he continued to discuss the opposition to closing the



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Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates - NYTimes.com

Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates - NYTimes.com

Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates

INDIANAPOLIS — A handful of outspoken teachers helped persuade state lawmakers this spring to eliminate seniority-based layoff policies. They testified before the legislature, wrote briefing papers and published an op-ed article in The Indianapolis Star.

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Bill Gates's foundation spent $373 million on education efforts in 2009, the latest year for which its tax filings are available.

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They described themselves simply as local teachers who favored school reform — one sympathetic state representative, Mary Ann Sullivan, said, “They seemed like genuine, real people versus the teachers’ union lobbyists.” They were, but they were also recruits in a national organization, Teach Plus, financed significantly by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

For years, Bill Gates focused his education philanthropy on overhauling large schools and opening small ones. His new strategy is more ambitious: overhauling the nation’s education policies. To that end, the foundation is financing educators to pose alternatives to union orthodoxies on issues like the seniority system and the use of student tes

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