This is a list of the blogs maintained at the present time by some fellow-activist teachers and others.
This is a list of the blogs maintained at the present time by some fellow-activist teachers and others.
|BLOGGER NAME||BLOG NAME||BLOG WEBSITE|
|A Teacher on Teaching||A Teacher on Teaching||http://ateacheronteaching.blogspot.com/|
|Aaron Barlow||Aaron Barlow||http://academeblog.org/author/aaronbarlow/ or http://audsandens.blogspot.com/|
|Accountable Talk||Accountable Talk||http://www.accountabletalk.com/|
|Adam Bessie||Automated Teaching Machine||http://adambessie.com/|
|Alan Singer||Alan Singer||http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-singer/|
|Alexandra Miletta||Alexandra Miletta||http://alexandramiletta.blogspot.com|
|Alice Mercer||Reflections on Teaching||http://mizmercer.edublogs.org|
|Allan Jones||Allan Jones||https://www.facebook.com/groups/1398276720427252/|
|Amy Moore||Amy Moore||http://www.desmoinesregister.com/topic/065294af-047d-4b86-beb4-0d401eb82096/|
|Andy Spears||Tennessee Education Report||http://tnedreport.com/|
|Ann Policelli Cronin||Ann Policelli Cronin||http://reallearningct.com/|
|Anne Tenaglia||Teacher’s Lessons Learned||http://teacherslessonslearned.blogspot.com/|
|Anthony Cody||Anthony Cody||http://www.livingindialogue.com/|
|Arthur Getzel||The Public Educator (aka liberalteacher)||http://thepubliceducator.com/|
|Arthur H. Camins||Arthur H. Camins||http://www.arthurcamins.com/|
|Aurelio M. Montemayor||Parent Leadership in Education||http://parentleadershipined.blogspot.com/|
|Badass Teachers Association (Marla Kilfoyle, Melissa Tomlinson)||Badass Teachers Association||http://badassteachers.blogspot.com/ and http://www.badassteacher.org/|
|Barbara Madeloni||Educators for a Democratic Union||http://www.educatorsforademocraticunion.com/|
|Betsy Combier||Parent Advocatees||http://www.parentadvocates.org/|
|Big Education Ape||Big Education Ape||http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/|
|Bill Betzen||School Achieve Project||http://schoolarchiveproject.blogspot.com/|
|Bob Sikes||Scathing Purple Musings||http://bobsidlethoughtsandmusings.wordpress.com/|
|Bonnie Cunard||Continuing Change||http://gatorbonbc.wordpress.com/ orhttp://bonniecunardmargolin.weebly.com/|
|Brett Bymaster||Stop Rocketship||http://www.stoprocketship.com|
|Brett Dickerson||Life At the Intersections||http://www.brettdickerson.net/|
|Brian Cohen||Making the grade blog||http://www.bncohen.com/|
|Bruce Baker||School Finance 101||http://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/|
|Bruce Bowers||Reflections on teaching and learning||www.tremphil.com|
|Carol Burris||Carol Burris||http://roundtheinkwell.com/ and Answer Sheet|
|Chaz||Chaz’s School Daze||http://chaz11.blogspot.com/|
|Chris Cerrone||Children should not be a number||http://www.nystoptesting.com/|
|Chris Thinnes||Chris Thinnes||http://chris.thinnes.me|
|Christopher Martell||On Social Studies and Education||http://christophermartell.blogspot.com|
|Christopher Tienken||Christopher Tienken||http://christienken.com/blog/|
|Christopher Wooleyhand||Common Sense School Leadership||http://christopherwooleyhand.edublogs.org|
|Claudia Swisher||Claudia Swisher||http://fourthgenerationteacher.blogspot.com/|
|Cynthia Liu||K12NN News Network||http://k12newsnetwork.com/|
|Dan McConnell||Truth and Consequences||http://dan-mcconnell.blogspot.com/|
|Daniel Katz||Daniel Katz||http://danielskatz.net/|
|Darcie Cimarusti||Mother Crusader||http://mothercrusader.blogspot.com/|
|David Chura||Kids in the System||http://kidsinthesystem.wordpress.com/|
|David Cohen||InterACT: Accomplished California Teacher||http://accomplishedcaliforniateachers.wordpress.com/|
|David Ellison||A Teacher’s Mark’s||http://ateachersmarks.blogspot.com/|
|David Greene||DCG MENTORING||https://dcgmentor.wordpress.com|
|Debbie Forward||PFF Faculty Lounge||http://pfffacultylounge.wordpress.com/|
|Deborah McCallum||Big Ideas in Education||http://bigideasineducation.ca/|
|Deborah Meier||Deborah Meier||http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Bridging-Differences/|
|Demian Godon||Reconsidering TFA||https://reconsideringtfa.wordpress.com/|
|Derek Black||Education Law Prof Blog||http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/education_law/|
|Diane Aoki||The Teacher I Want to Be||http://dianeaoki.blogspot.com/|
|Diane Ravitch||Diane Ravitch||http://dianeravitch.net|
|DOE Nutes||DOE Nuts Blog||http://nycdoenuts.blogspot.com/|
|Don Russell||Lifting The Curtain||http://liftingthecurtainoneducation.wordpress.com/|
|Dora Taylor||Seattle Education||http://seattleducation2010.wordpress.com/|
|Doug Martin||Doug Martin||http://www.schoolsmatter.info/|
|Edward Berger||Edward Berger||http://edwardfberger.com/|
|Elizabeth Rose||Yo Miz||http://yomizthebook.com/|
|Francesco Portelos||Educator Fights Back or Don’t Tread on Educators||http://dtoe.org/ or http://protectportelos.org/|
|Fred Klonsky||Fred Klonsky||http://preaprez.wordpress.com/|
|Gary Rubinstein||Gary Rubinstein||https://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/|
|Gene Glass||Education in Two Words||http://ed2worlds.blogspot.com/|
|George Schmidt||Substance News||http://www.substancenews.net/|
|George Wood||George Wood||http://www.essentialschools.org/|
|Gerri Songer||Gerri Song||http://gerriksonger.wordpress.com/|
|Glen Brown||Teacher Poet Musician||http://teacherpoetmusicianglenbrown.blogspot.com/|
|Good Morning Art Teacher||Good Morning Art Teacher||http://goodmorningartteacher.blogspot.com/|
|Guy Brandenburg||Guy Brandenburg||https://gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com/|
|Helen Gym||Philadelphia Public School Notebook||http://thenotebook.org/blog|
|Jack McKay||Horace Mann League Blog||http://blog.hmleague.org/|
|James Arnold||Dr. James Arnold||http://drjamesarnold.blogspot.com/|
|James Avington Miller, Jr||The War Report on Public Education||http://thewarreportonpubliceducation.wordpress.com and http://bbsradio.com/thewarreport|
|James Boutin||An Urban Teachers Education||http://www.anurbanteacherseducation.com/|
|James Chascherrie||Stop Common Core in Washington State||http://stopcommoncorewa.wordpress.com/|
|James Hamric||Hammy’s Education Blog||http://edreformblog.wordpress.com/|
|Jan Resseger||Jan Resseger||http://janresseger.wordpress.com/|
|Jane Nixon Willis||Staying Strong in School||http://stayingstronginschool.blogspot.com/|
|Jason France||Crazy Crawfish||http://crazycrawfish.wordpress.com/|
|Jason L. Endacott||EduSanity||http://www.edusanity.com/|
|Jason Stanford||Jason Stanford||http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-stanford/|
|Jeff Bryant||Jeff Bryant||http://educationopportunitynetwork.org/|
|Jen Hogue||V.A.M. It!||http://valueaddedmeasureit.blogspot.com/|
|Jesse Hagopian||Jesse Hagopian||http://iamaneducator.com/|
|Jill Conroy||The Indignant Teacher||http://theindignantteacher.wordpress.com/|
|Jo Lieb||Poetic Justice||http://poeticjusticect.com/|
|Joe Bower||For the love of learning||http://www.joebower.org/|
|John J. Viall||A Teacher on Teaching||http://ateacheronteaching.blogspot.com/|
|John Young||Transparent Christina||http://transparentchristina.wordpress.com/|
|Jonathan Lovell||Jonathan Lovell’s Blog||http://jonathanlovell.blogspot.com/|
|Jonathan Pelto||Wait, What?||http://jonathanpelto.com/|
|Jose Vilson||Jose Vilson||http://thejosevilson.com/|
|Joshua Block||Joshua Block||http://mrjblock.com/|
|Julian Vasquez Heilig||Cloaking Inquity||http://cloakinginequity.com/|
|Justin Aion||Relearning to Teach||http://relearningtoteach.blogspot.com/|
|Karren Harper Royal||Edutalknola||http://edutalknola.com/|
|Katie Lapham||Critical Classrooms||https://criticalclassrooms.wordpress.com/|
|Ken Derstine||Defend Public Education||http://www.defendpubliceducation.net/|
|Ken Previti||Reclaim Reform||http://reclaimreform.com/|
|Kenneth Bernstein||Teacher Ken||http://www.dailykos.com/user/teacherken|
|Kevin Welner||Kevin Welner||http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-welner/ andhttp://nepc.colorado.edu|
|Lani Cox||The Missing Teacher||http://lanivcox.blogspot.com/|
|Larry Cuban||Larry Cuban||http://larrycuban.wordpress.com/|
|Larry Feinberg||Keystone State Education Coalition||http://keystonestateeducationcoalition.blogspot.com/|
|Leonie Haimson||Class Size Matters||http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/|
|Levi B Cavener||Idahospromise||http://idahospromise.org/|
|Linda Thomas||Restore Reason||http://restorereason.com/|
|Lloyd Lofthouse||Crazy Normal the classroom expose||http://crazynormaltheclassroomexpose.com/ or http://lloydlofthouse.org/|
|Lucianna Sanson||The War Report on Public Education||https://thewarreportonpubliceducation.wordpress.com/|
|M. Shannon Hernandez||My Final 40 Days||http://myfinal40days.com/|
|Maria Rosa||THE INSURGENT TEACHER BLOG||http://theinsurgentteacher.blogspot.com/|
|Marie Corfield||Marie Corfield||http://mcorfield.blogspot.com/|
|Marion Brady||Marion Brady||http://www.marionbrady.com/|
|Mark Naison||With a Brooklyn Accent and Dump Duncan||http://withabrooklynaccent.blogspot.com/ and http://dumpduncan.org/|
|Mark Weber||Jersey Jazzman||http://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/|
|Martha Infante||Martha Infante||http://dontforgetsouthcentral.blogspot.com/|
|Matt Farmer||Matt Farmer||http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-farmer/|
|Mel Katz||The Education Activist: From Student to Teacher||https://theeducationactivist.wordpress.com/|
|Melissa Westbrook||Seattle Schools Community Forum||http://saveseattleschools.blogspot.com/|
|Michael Klonsky||Michael Klonsky||http://michaelklonsky.blogspot.com/ and http://schoolingintheownershipsociety.blogspot.com/|
|Michelle Gunderson||Education Matters||https://www.facebook.com/michelle.gunderson.education.matters|
|Mike Deshotels||Louisiana Educator||http://louisianaeducator.blogspot.com/|
|Mike Rose||Mike Rose’s Blog||http://mikerosebooks.blogspot.com|
|Mike Warner||Education Under Attack||http://educationunderattack.info/|
|Morna McDermott||Education Alchemy||http://www.educationalchemy.com/|
|Mrs. Fanning||LA Woman||http://fanninglawoman.blogspot.com/|
|Ms Kate||Ms Katie’s Ramblings||http://mskatiesramblings.blogspot.com/|
|Nancy Bailey||Nancy Bailey’s Education Website||http://nancyebailey.com/|
|Nancy Flanagan||Teacher in a Strange Land||http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teacher_in_a_strange_land/|
|Nicholas Tampio||Nicholas Tampio||http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nicholas-tampio/|
|Nikhil Goyal||Nikhil Goyal||http://nikhilgoyal.me/|
|Norm Scott||Ed Notes Online||http://ednotesonline.blogspot.com/|
|Ogo Okoye-Johnson||Ogo Okoye-Johnson||http://ogookoye-johnson.net/|
|OK Education Truth||okeducationtruths||http://okeducationtruths.wordpress.com/|
|Outside The Box||Outside the Box||http://teacher-anon.blogspot.com/|
|Paul Horton||Education News||http://www.educationviews.org/author/paulh/|
|Paul Thomas||The becoming radical||http://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/|
|Peggy Robertson||Peg with Pen||http://www.pegwithpen.com/|
|Perdido St School||Perdido St School||http://perdidostreetschool.blogspot.com/|
|Peter DeWitt||Peter DeWitt||http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/|
|Peter Goodman||Ed in the Apple||http://mets2006.wordpress.com/|
|Phillip Cantor||Sustainable Education Transformation||http://phillipcantor.com/|
|Rachael Stickland||Student Privacy Matters||http://www.studentprivacymatters.org/|
|Rachel Levy||All Things Education||http://allthingsedu.blogspot.com/|
|Ralph Ratto||Opine I will||http://rlratto.wordpress.com/|
|Ray Salazar||The White Rino||http://www.chicagonow.com/white-rhino|
|Rob Miller||View From the Edge||http://www.viewfromtheedge.net/|
|Rob Panning-Miller||Public Education Justice Alliance of Minnesota||http://pejamn.blogspot.com/|
|Robert Cotto Jr.||The Cities, Suburbs & Schools Project||http://commons.trincoll.edu/cssp/|
|Robert D. Skeels||Solidaridad||http://rdsathene.blogspot.com/|
|Russ Walsh||Russ on Reading||http://russonreading.blogspot.com/|
|Ruth Conniff||Public School Shakedown||http://www.publicschoolshakedown.org/|
|Sam Chaltain||Sam Chaltain||http://www.samchaltain.com|
|Sara Roos||Sara Roos||http://redqueeninla.com/|
|Sarah Blaine||Parenting the core||http://parentingthecore.wordpress.com/|
|Sarah Darer Littman||Sarah Darer Littman||http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com|
|Sarah Lahm||Sarah Lahm||http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/eyes-education|
|Save Public Education||Save Public Education|
|Sharon Higgins||Charter School Scandals||http://charterschoolscandals.blogspot.com/|
|Shaun Johnson||Chalk Face||http://atthechalkface.com/|
|Sherman Dorn||Sherman Dorn||http://shermandorn.com/wordpress/|
|South Bronx School||South Bronx School||http://www.southbronxschool.com/|
|Stephanie Rivera||Teacher Under Construction||http://teacherunderconstruction.com/|
|Stephen Dyer||10th Period||http://10thperiod.blogspot.com/|
|Stephen Krashen||Stephen Krashen||http://www.schoolsmatter.info/ and http://skrashen.blogspot.com/|
|Steve Hinnefeld||Steve Hinnefeld||http://inschoolmatters.wordpress.com/|
|Steve O’Donoghue||Steve O’Donogue||http://www.counterintuitive.com/|
|Steve Strieker||One Teachers Perspective||http://oneteachersperspective.blogspot.com/|
|Steven Singer||Gad Fly On the Wall Blog||http://gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com/|
|Stu Bloom||Live Long and Prsoper||http://bloom-at.blogspot.com/|
|Sullio||The Pen is Mightier than the Person||http://sullio.blogspot.com/|
|Susan DuFresne||Educating the Gates Foundation||http://educatingthegatesfoundation.com/|
|Susan DuFresne and Katie Lapham||Teachers Letters to Bill Gates||http://teachersletterstobillgates.com/|
|Susan Ohanian||Susan Ohanian||http://www.susanohanian.org/|
|TC||Dad Gone Wild||http://norinrad10.wordpress.com/|
|Teacher Reality||Teacher Reality||http://teacherreality.com/|
|Teacher Tom||Teacher Tom||http://teachertomsblog.blogspot.com/|
|Ted Cohen||Newark Schools For Sale||http://NewarkSchoolsForSale.wordpress.com|
|The Assailed Teacher||http://theassailedteacher.com/|
|The Teaching Nomad||The Teaching Nomad||www.theteachingnomad.com/blog|
|Tim Slekar||Busted Pencils||http://bustedpencils.com/|
|Tom Aswell||Louisiana Voice||http://louisianavoice.com/|
|Tracy Novick||Who-cester Blog||http://who-cester.blogspot.com/|
|Ty Alper||Ty Alper (SF School Board candidate)||http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ty-alper/ or http://www.tyalper.org|
|Urban Ed||Urban Ed||http://nycurbaned.blogspot.com/|
|Vanessa Vaile||Precarious Faculty Blog||http://www.precariousfacultyblog.com/ or http://nationalmobilizationforequity.org/|
|Wag the Dog||Wag the Dog||http://vigornotrigor.wordpress.com/|
|Walt Gardner||Walt Garnder||http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/walt_gardners_reality_check/|
|Wayne Gersen||Network Schools||http://waynegersen.com/|
|Wendy Lecker||Wendy Lecker||http://www.stamfordadvocate.com|
|Xian Barrett||Xian Barrett||http://newvoicestrategies.org/|
|Yohuru Williams||Yohuru Williams||http://www.yohuruwilliams.net/|
|Yong Zhao||Education in the Age of Globalization||http://zhaolearning.com|
Marie Corfield has written new words to the classic song “The 12 days of Christmas” and ported it to our new era of educational deforms.
I’m not making this up. See here.
One of the initiatives involved cholera. Were they completely unaware that for at least 20 years a very cheap and simple way to rehydrate cholera victims and restore their electrolytes has been in use in many third world countries? It’s reduced cholera fatalities to well under ONE PERCENT!
John Oliver is one of the funniest, and most serious, people on TV. In my opinion, he is a better comedian and anchor than Jon Stewart of the Daily Show where he more or less got his start, tho Stewart (and Steven Colbert) are both quite good.
You can watch his shows on YouTube at this link. I don’t agree with everything John Oliver says or with his approach*, but he’s both funny and serious at the same time, as I said before.
* For example, with the bit on gambling, it wouldn’t hurt to show that in blackjack, the average payoff is negative 3% but for the lottery it’s negative 37%, which is a lot worse. In other words, if you are playing blackjack in a casino, on every bet of $100, on the average, you get back $97, losing $3. With a state lottery, if you bet $100, then on the average, you get back about $63, losing $37. It is very difficult to find any game of chance with worse odds than the lottery. In fact, we math teachers have a little saying: The Lottery is a tax on those who don’t learn anything about probability. And there’s this.
This is insanely brilliant. Brady explains quite clearly how people like Bill Gates have really perverted everything about education in America by turning the entire motivation schemata upside down — and he also explains how to fix it in a very humane manner. Here is an excerpt:
Read the whole thing. and don’t let the title convince you it’s just a rant, because it’s not.
A part of this essay that I would like to highlight is how Brady thinks we educators (and other citizens) should be approaching the entire question of school:
There’s a now-familiar ancient Chinese proverb which, loosely translated, says, “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.”
When I made that radical switch, I began a search that continues, a search for experience-creating activities
(a) so interesting, the teacher can leave the room and nobody notices,
(b) so useful, the activity’s relevance is self-evident,
(c) so complex, the smartest kid in the class is intellectually challenged,
(d) so real-world, perceptions of who’s smartest constantly shift,
(e) so theoretically sound, the systemically integrated nature of all knowledge is obvious,
(f) so wide-ranging, the activities cover the core curriculum (and much more),
(g) so varied, every critical thinking skill is exercised,
(h) so scalable, concepts developed on a micro level adequately model macro phenomena
, (j) so effective, when the activities themselves are forgotten, their benefits are fixed permanently in memory.
The raw material for creating a near-infinite number of activities that meet those nine criteria isn’t hard to find. It lies within the property boundaries of every school or randomly chosen slice of real life. Finding it is mostly a matter of looking at the too-familiar and the taken-for-granted until it becomes “strange enough” to see.
Entire URL: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/01/what-do-standardized-tests-actually-test/
which means this was published in the column of Valerie Strauss, at the Washington Post, who continues to be a great resource for all the rest of teachers and parents (not corporate executives). The only greater publicist for our cause that I know of is Diane Ravitch. I am glad that Valerie continues to be gainfully employed at WaPo even as her editorial writers consistently had a set of policies that were either at cross-purposes or diametrically opposed. I don’t know how she does it.
Unfortunately, Answer Sheet very seldom actually reaches the printed edition. It’s almost strictly online.
Then again, maybe that matters less, given publishing trends.
While obviously nothing is perfect I think that all of us members of the public who are concerned about schools* owe Valerie, whom’s I’ve never met in person, and the Washington Post itself, a debt for VS being able to continue being such a resource for so long!
One of my favorite Tom the Dancing Bug cartoons:
What’s my problem with charter schools, you ask? I don’t know where to begin, but here it is in a nutshell: chutzpah. You open a school, take all sorts of private money to fund advertising and publicity, exclude students from enrolling through a variety of strategies, and then expel those for whom you cannot or will not provide essential services or are discipline problems, underpay inexperienced teachers and work them to death so there is high turnover, then you instruct your teachers to “teach to the test” AND then have some students who might not measure up stay home on the day of the test, and then give your students copies of the test before they take it, shut up your students in computer labs to be “supervised” by $15 per hour aids, then rake off money for your shareholders and hire all sorts of corrupt ex-government officials to promote your cause, scream when you are asked to pay your share for the space you use to displace kids in public schools, AND then pat yourself on the back when your test scores show up marginally better than the local public school, which doesn’t do ANY of these things….
and you have the chutzpah to say you are “outperforming” public schools?
A great quote from Curmudgucation:
… TFA bodies are eligible to be foot soldiers in this battle to put effective teachers into the classroom. Now, despite their glowing PR, there’s no reason to believe that TFA bodies can magically erase the effects of poverty, but by the time test data has been gathered up to indicate their ineffectiveness, they will have moved on anyway. An endless revolving door churn through a black hole of teacher ineffectiveness perfectly suits the TFA model.
You might imagine that two years as an “ineffective” teacher might be a black mark on the record of a blossoming young Master of the Universe, but take heart– Michelle Rhee was ineffective as a classroom teacher and disastrous as a school leader, but that has not slowed her rise to lucrative fame as an education thought leader and celebrity spokesmodel one bit. You only have to be able to say you were in a classroom; it doesn’t matter to your career if you were great or terrible.
After wading through various hardware, software and connection problems on my iPhone, laptop and desktop, I have attempted some of the released model sample high school Common Core English and math questions.
I am profoundly underwhelmed by the questions and by the supposed genius of David Coleman — their mastermind and Rhodes scholar, who however has never taught any classes ever in any K-12 level.
You can look at them for yourself here.
The English section compares two poems about Daedalus and Icarus (the waxy feathers flight melt-in-sun myth). One poem was originally by Ovid, a Roman poet, but we are reading it in one particular translation into English. The other one is by a modern author.
I actually read quite a bit of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in Latin about 50 years ago while a student in a DC public school and two high schools elsewhere. (This except was taken from that enormous work which goes on and on.) I don’t have any of Ovid memorized*, but while taking the ‘test’ I kept thinking more and more that a halfway decent argument could be made for every single one of the proposed answer choices, but even more than on other IQ- type tests, I was being asked to guess what David Coleman or one of his acolytes would think was the correct answer.
(As an example: with a little effort I could write a well- defined polynomial function such that the number that comes after 0, 2, 4, 6, is not 8 but -22.31415777 instead. I remember well a student telling me the next number in that sequence should be 0, since she guessed that the pattern just repeats. Frankly, she was at least as right as me!)
Knowing that the stories of Icarus, Perseus, Minos, the Minotaur, and Daedalus were made up and embellished by various Greek and Roman authors from a basis of ??possibly some distorted historical facts or else pure patriotic propaganda or ??? And knowing how pompous and full of c#%p I thought most Roman poets were, I gradually came to the conclusion that the best answer to just about all of those questions was one of these (take your pick):
1. Who cares?
2. None of the above.
3. I don’t feel like playing your little obscure mind game.
4. I reject your rule that in today’s society with ubiquitous electronic devices that are often (but not always) able to connect students to world-wide, instantaneous sources of information, students would be prohibited from doing so and would be obliged to parse two long, stupid and very ambiguous and pretentious pieces of literature, and guess what DAVID COLEMAN was thinking.
Did I mention that I’m not very impressed with either poet’s work?
When I got to the math section, I began to throw up my hands again. I mean, who in their right mind wants to solve math problems by writing on a keyboard the way they want you to?
It takes much more time and is much more technically difficult to solve problems on a keyboard than it is with a blank piece of paper and a pen or pencil. (Graph paper would be nice but not required.) for example- just try writing a proportion and factoring equations and drawing and labeling a diagram via Mouse & keyboard? It’s nuts!
It’s fairly simple, and cheap, to give students a piece of paper and a pencil and eraser. It would take time for an experienced teacher to look at the student’s efforts, naturally, and figure out how much the child understands. But- woo-woo — that wouldn’t produce large bucks for Pearson, Apple, Microsoft and a whole bunch of corporate profiteers.
And this is how teachers are going to be judged– by “improvements” in scores on this sort of cockamamie, poorly thought out test? I think if a teacher could somehow teach well enough that 90 % or more of his or her students actively boycotted the test, he or she should be given a nice framed certificate and a pat on the back and have his or her suggestions for improvement to schooling taken seriously for a change!!
*I’d be glad to recite the first few lines of the Aeneid if you like. Poor Vergil wrote book after book of this supposed founding myth of Rome, but by the end of the work, the hero had barely even reached Italy!
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