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An Urban Teacher's Education: Dear Jonathan Alter (Again)

An Urban Teacher's Education: Dear Jonathan Alter (Again)

Dear Jonathan Alter (Again)

Dear Jonathan Alter,

I wrote you last November with concerns I had about a piece you wrote for Newsweek: "A Case of Senioritis." You responded and, to be fair, seemed initially open to having a real dialogue. You did not, however, engage with me beyond that initial email. I can understand that. I'm sure you're busy. But after reading your piece, "Don't Believe Critics, Education Reform Works," I find myself again compelled to raise some very serious concerns.

While the majority of your column was written in response to Diane Ravitch's work, my purpose in writing to you is not to defend her. Dr Ravtich is quite capable of doing so on her own. Instead, I'd like to respond to your ideas and rhetorical techniques. It is my hope that we might find a more constructive way to present our perspectives on education reform.

First and foremost, please, for the love of God, stop referring to people who disagree with corporate reform as "the forces of the status quo." Any time someone uses that phrase, I am immediately disinclined to give them any more of my time. It is both obnoxious and beyond exhausted. More importantly, there are many legitimate concerns with the corporate reform model. To suggest that anyone who resists it is against education reform (as

School Tech Connect: Getting Back To Basics

School Tech Connect: Getting Back To Basics

Getting Back To Basics

I'm awash in self-criticism for failing to write about technology for so long, an odd phenomenon given the name of this blog. So, here and now, with you as my witness, I re-commit to writing about technology. Here goes.

Today, I used technology to take a picture of a chocolate-sprinkled chimney cake, which I picked up at the newish Transylvanian bakery on Devon, Chimney Cake Island.


This morning one of the owners, Mara, took pity on me as I drifted in from the rain with almost enough money to purchase one of these spiral-cut delights. Perhaps she was just trying to get rid of me. I don't care; either way, I

Charter Schools: A Public Hearing and a Public Forum « Failing Schools

Charter Schools: A Public Hearing and a Public Forum « Failing Schools
Save Our Schools March & National Call to Action, July 30, 2011

Charter Schools: A Public Hearing and a Public Forum

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by markfriedman1
On Thursday, May 26th, we at the Community Education Task Force in Rochester, NY participated in two informative events. Video for both events from Rochester Indymediais featured here.
The first event was a public hearing for two proposed charter schools in the Rochester City School District, the Young Women’s College Prep Charter School of Rochester and theRochester Career Mentoring Charter School. The purpose of the public hearing was to gather and relay “community input” to one of the two NY State Charter authorizing bodies, in this case the NYS Board of Regents. We raised many of the questions we’re seeing across the nation

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