The State of Education: The Children We Leave Behind

In a system that rewards high test results with extra money and takes away funding from low-performing schools, what can you expect? We ought to be able to expect academic integrity, sure, but I’m not shocked that desperate teachers, pressured by desperate administrators, pressured by high-stakes testing help desperate students in a pinch. If your choice was to nudge a kid’s pencil slightly to the left or lose your job, what would you do? ...more

I am a public school teacher and I am scared of what will be coming next. I teach in a urban ...more

The War on Young, Black Males

There’s been a lot of internet...more

Ralph Nader Wants To Put An End To Athletic Scholarships

Ralph Nader wants to put an end to those pesky college athletic scholarships. Why? Nader says he wants to "de-professionalize" college athletics. *sigh* ...more
Agreed, Athletic Scholarships are a way out for many kids who are at a disadvantage. The bigger ...more

The Rub

Something occurred to me as Charlie and I were reviewing his alphabet foam letters. Aside from realizing that I should remove them from his mouth, I was thinking about how easy it is to teach when your class size is one!  Unfortunately, this led to depressing thoughts about the state of our educational system and what my two grandsons will find there once they start school.  Coincidentally, my daughter emailed a relevant article from the NY Times....more

What Every Teen Needs to Know

By the time our kids reach their teenager years, we can see the end in sight.  Of course we’ll be jumping for joy sad when they take that next step of independence to find a place of their own or move away to college.  But let’s face it, who wants to still be raising their children when they’re 35?  To ensure this doesn’t happen, there are some very basic skills that every teenager should know. If I’ve missed any, be sure to add them in the comments....more

Excellent, excellent point! I've seen way too many teens put photos and status updates up on ...more

didn't mean to post yet... still working... be back soon

I am not one to get on soap-boxes (typically), but there is so much ignorance about Childcare. ...more

Who Is Steering the Ship?

March 23, 2011 It's the question at the forefront of a lot of minds these days: What's Wrong With Education, and How Do We Fix It? The simple answer to a terribly complex question is there are far too many captains attempting to steer the ship in several directions. Who is the clientele?...more

It's Going to Get Worse Before It Gets Better

March 6, 2011 Seriously, I'm an optimist. A Pollyanna. A Happy-Day-Sunshine kinda gal. But my goodness the world of education is beginning to look bleak. If I am to understand the vision of things to come, my classes will be much bigger next year, but there will be no money for books or supplies with which to teach the kids....more

Plagiarism

I'm in the thick of grading and reviewing graded work with the six Teaching Assistants (TA) who are working with me. This term I have not found as many instances with student integrity and I was really hoping that I would not. But, alas, that dream was short-lived....more
Menu