Category Archives: the system

Gratitude, despite all that is “wrong” in education today

I just read yet another piece about the ills of the teaching profession right now: A Warning to Young People: Don’t Become a Teacher. I don’t think what is depicted in that piece is necessarily inaccurate, but it is yet … Continue reading

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Standardized tests are killing our students creativity, desire to learn – The Denver Post

From a fellow Colorado teacher as we head into week two of state-mandated testing in our school this week: Standardized tests are killing our students creativity, desire to learn – The Denver Post.

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A Tale of Two Approaches to Schooling

Yesterday was a tale of two approaches to schooling for me, each diametrically opposed to the other. (Well there was the proctoring of the mandated state testing that happened yesterday morning. It’s the season. But this post is not about … Continue reading

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NCTE Reflections: What we write down IS what we value: why I still don’t like CCSS

Some thoughts after letting Las Vegas percolate for a week or so- assisted by massive helpings of turkey and pumpkin pie. Doc Z threw down her thoughts here the other day. 1) As always, it’s really exciting and energizing to … Continue reading

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STOP STEALING DREAMS: Seth Godin at TEDxYouth@BFS – YouTube

I just tweeted some key quotes that really struck me listening to this talk (thanks to a colleague who sent it our way). Great fundamental question- “What is school for?” And my new classroom mantra- “Go do something interesting and … Continue reading

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Needed: True-to-Life Classroom Narratives as Counter Narratives

The problem with schools these days… The problem is that everyone is trying to tell his own version of the problem, and depending on who you listen to, the story differs. The problem is poverty, or the problem is inequitable … Continue reading

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Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education on Vimeo

Watch it. Just watch it.   Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education on Vimeo on Vimeo via Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education on Vimeo.

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Celebrities Are Taking Over! And Not In A Good Way

This quick post by Diane Ravitch passed my way (thanks to Liz Homan). Celebrity Policymaking « Diane Ravitchs blog. Sad, but quite in keeping with American culture. We claim we want performance, but we continually substitute short term gratification for … Continue reading

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A well-reasoned argument against the current testing regime

Please read and pass along. More of us need to be speaking up and out against testing testing and more testing… NYC Public School Parents: Carol Burris’ testimony on the current testing regime.

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The Root of the Problem

Ahhhhh…summer. No, that’s not the problem. I just had to say that before getting to the point. A little head clearing relaxation goes a long way. We’re sitting in a coffee shop today having a Papergrader Summer Summit. One of … Continue reading

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