Weekly update: Pushback from all sides, standing up to Stand for Children and the poverty pimps are at it again

Know your rights and protect them because someone is always around to try and take them away from you. During this week when we show our gratitude and respect for those who have died in wars, beginning with the Revolutionary War, to fight and sometimes die for our freedoms and do battle against enemies imagined, contrived or real, we also need to consider that we as citizens of this country need to remain vigilant in protecting our rights and privileges. As I have seen over the years, there are those who will want to take away our freedoms one way … Continue reading Weekly update: Pushback from all sides, standing up to Stand for Children and the poverty pimps are at it again

Weekly Update : The Philadelphia horror story, no more school libraries in DC if the school chancellor has anything to do with it, other privatizing insanity and the push back

All the news that fits…and there is a lot of it this week. If you haven’t watch it yet, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman is a must watch on the subject of charter schools. We have the ability in our state to learn from the mistakes of others who have gone down the road of privatization of their public schools. To put it simply, the process of corporatizing a public trust does far more harm than good. One action that the corporate privatizers of education do, instead of supporting our public schools and the individuals and institutions that … Continue reading Weekly Update : The Philadelphia horror story, no more school libraries in DC if the school chancellor has anything to do with it, other privatizing insanity and the push back

A Teacher Says “NO!” to Common Core Standards

I question the motivations of David Coleman, “architect” and lead author of the Common Core, whose video was shown to ICs last year giving a lesson on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”. This past summer, I viewed an entire two-hour tape of Colemen giving a speech to New York state educators about CCSS. Besides how condescending he was about teachers and students, what sticks out for me in his lecture was when he was talking about the shift of the CCSS from writing/reading about self, to writing/reading non-fiction complex texts. Coleman told his audience, “People … Continue reading A Teacher Says “NO!” to Common Core Standards