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To My Students

To the Class of 2013 So, here we are… The world awaits you, and I’m standing here with a bursting smile in my heart because I’ve just finished the preview of what this world is getting in you, and it looks good, very good. In fact, the word exceptional comes to mind. Before you release all your awesomeness… Read More ›

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Education Reform as Epic Tragedy

If I didn’t know better, I would say those of us living in the Land of Education are trapped in an epic tragedy where hubris-filled heroes recklessly identify and destroy the “monsters” responsible for the people’s current state of misery. Maybe the story would go something like this… In the Land of Education, the people… Read More ›

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I’m Running for School Board! (Updated 03/01/13)

I have always believed that local school boards could greatly benefit from a teacher’s voice. The thing is, I always imagined the voice coming from other teachers. I never considered that the voice might belong to me, but here I am officially announcing that I am running for a seat on the Redwater ISD Board of Trustees…. 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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Education Stakeholders: A Call to Be Informed

For those involved with education in any role, whether as a parent/guardian, teacher, administrator, or trustee, a working knowledge of current education reform and historical trends is a must. I’ve found no greater resource for this type of knowledge than in Diane Ravitch (http://dianeravitch.com/). Here is a sample of one of her blog postings and… Read More ›

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