Category Archives: Educational Reform Movement

A Meditation on Grit

I believe in the principles of delayed gratification, teaching people to sustain effort through parts of a task that may be boring or difficult.  I agree that we do not sufficiently prepare for it.  It isn’t necessary that all work … Continue reading

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Remediating the Numbers

According to Out of Pocket, writers, Mary Nguyen Barry & Michael Dannenberg, writing for Education Reform Now (ERN), American education isn’t making the grade.  Their premise is that students from all income levels have need for college level remediation courses arguably because … Continue reading

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Subtext on Tenure

Okay, listen up, everybody who isn’t anybody.  America needs you for lower wages, unrealistic performance expectations and life stealing labor.  Also, we need to remove you when you’re close to retirement.  It’s a pension win win for us. Stop whining. … Continue reading

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Fake Bill Gates Says Your Boss Doesn’t Have Tenure (part 2)

Tenure FakeGates suggests that tenure is a weakening influence.  Teachers have it, but your boss doesn’t which is why he’s a tough S.O.B.  So what is this tenure?  It’s another word for job security, and, apparently, it makes you soft.  In America, job security … Continue reading

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Fake Bill Gates Says Your Boss Doesn’t Have Tenure (part 1)

LifeHack recently promoted what was billed as a Bill Gates quote.  It wasn’t.  But, it goes, “If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss.  He doesn’t have tenure.” When I first read it, the last line sounded … Continue reading

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On Being the Change You Want to See

What follows is an open letter to a young teacher, Marilyn Rhames, who wrote for Ed Week in a piece called A Course of My Own about her experience in a hostile school environment with a principal who was vicious … Continue reading

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Don’t Collaborate through Sabotage

I just finished reading Timothy Slekar’s post It’s Not Cheating It’s Sabotage in the Huff.  And I must disagree with the notion that we can acceptably change answers in a random way to discredit the test.  Such an action only … Continue reading

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The One Right Answer

Every summer, I revamp my curriculum.   It’s not that I don’t already have a curriculum that works, but every year I can think of things I’d like to do differently or did something differently the past year that I’d like … Continue reading

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Truth Out Tells the Truth

The best article on the Educational Reform Movement comes from Truth Out. So worth reading that  I’m copying it, posting it, pasting it and sending it to everyone I know.  I’m probably going to make copies for parents’ night in … Continue reading

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