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 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

Supporting Our Teachers

Looking for  Soldiers by Eileen Eady Recently I got my current issue of "Education Matters" a monthly publication from the Association of American Educators.  I was disappointed to find such a negative publication toward teachers. This is my letter to the managing editor. Teachers all over the country are under attack. We are barraged with parent complaints, threats of test scores being used to determine employment, and pressure to bring students up to grade level who come to us behind....more

Educators for Reform

by Eileen Eady My fellow teachers and parents: Throughout history we have seen injustices in our country battled. We fought to get the vote for women and minorities. We, Americans, have seen change come from voices united in protest to unjust situations. Now as we go to our classrooms and schools every day we are marching into a battle zone. The time has come for the Americans in this country to unite and fight for the most important issue in the country....more

I realize that teachers are not the only ones responsible for educating our children and I ...more

Why Race to the Top is Encouraging a Race to the Bottom

My mother was a teacher for 40 years. If she were alive today, she might want to offer our President a time out and few choice words for what he is helping to do to her cherished profession. ...more

I was a teacher, too. Race to the Top may not be the ideal answer, but the problem with ...more