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An Invitation to Explore the Role of Image

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December 30, 2013

I’ve always wondered about Jesus’ response to the religious leaders concerning the payment of taxes. The story goes something like this… The Pharisees and the Herodians were desperately trying to shut down Jesus’ momentum. With a simple message of love and hope, he was changing the world right before their eyes, and they were smart… Read More ›

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Threats of Failure on 8-year-old Shoulders

You know those days when everything thrown at you comes with an “or else” attached to it?  The days when you physically clasp the palms of your hands to your head and squeeze? Sales reps, you get this, right? Public service workers, what about you? Restaurant wait staff? Can I get a shout out from… Read More ›

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Great Irony, Teachers: Microsoft CEO Responds to Production Woes

“‘I mean, look, ultimately progress is measured sort of through the eyes of our users,’ he told Forbes. ‘More than our investors or our P&L [profit and loss] or anything else, it’s through the eyes of our users,’” says Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, after Forbes questions Microsoft’s production downturn. Yes, this would be Bill Gates’ company…. Read More ›

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Is This What Bill Gates Means by Good Education?

This is the post from Dr. Ravitch’s blog that inspired “Following Bill Gates DOWN the Microsoft Path = Bad Business.” The kind of “measuring” of teachers he is talking about is the same type that led to his company’s downturn. I can’t help but wonder if he is invading our profession simply because he isn’t… Read More ›

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Following Bill Gates DOWN the Microsoft Path = Bad Business

A typical debate on education reform (completely made up, of course)… Business-based Ed-Reformer (Umm, let’s call him Mr. Gates): We need a teacher appraisal system that will allow us to reward our best teachers. They deserve to be recognized and rewarded. Public Education Advocate (shall we call her, Dr. Ravitch?): If we start labeling teachers… Read More ›

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How It All Began & How to Fix It: The Cult of Student Testing

Very informative from Tom Pauken. The solution is simple, if not easy. We need to allow for multiple pathways to a high school degree. One academic pathway would emphasize math and science. Another, the humanities and fine arts. A third would focus on career and technical education. All students would get the basics, but there… Read More ›

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Don’t Buy the Snake Oil

Shuffling through the pressing crowd at the convention center, I felt very much out of place, but at the same time a bit privileged. I, along with another teacher from the district, had been invited to attend a regional meeting for administrators for the unveiling of some incredible evaluation tool that would change everything when… Read More ›

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Five Questions for Texas Parents

Because parent voices are the driving force behind educational change, I’m hoping these five questions will reach every parent in the State of Texas and encourage each one to seriously consider the STAAR/EOC testing system we’ve built for our students. Question #1: Are you okay with how much the State is paying for this testing program? By 2015, the tax payers of Texas… Read More ›

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Follow-up: “To America from a Teacher”

When I clicked the button to post “To America from a Teacher” to my blog a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea the response it would generate. The visits to my website exploded from a little over a thousand to ninety-thousand, online magazines requested permission to reprint the letter, and Diane Ravitch, the… Read More ›

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Gun Violence and Common Ground Action

“The first movement he made the following morning was to reach under his pillow for the gun. In the gray light of dawn he held it loosely, feeling a sense of power… And if he were holding his gun in his hand, nobody could run over him; they would have to respect him. It was… Read More ›

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