Monthly Archives: April 2010

First Re-Post

I find few things as annoying as homophobia. This article is a must-read for anyone who wants a pithy Jed Bartlet-esque response to some yay-hoo who starts spouting off about the biblical prohibition agin’ it. Advertisements

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Fundamental Flaws

The fundamental flaw with American educational policy is its “schools only” approach to addressing academic problems. It’s no secret that there’s a huge achievement gap in the US. Gaps in performance correlate most heavily with economic disparities. The “schools only” … Continue reading

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What Is Tenure?

Scott McLeod over at Dangerously Irrelevant has provided an excellent analysis of arguments against tenure. One thing to keep in mind as you’re considering this debate: Tenure is not a bullet-proof guarantee of perpetual employment. Tenure is a union-based protection … Continue reading

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Maryland Teachers to be Evaluated on “Student Performance”

Michael Birnbaum has an article in the Washington Post today about Maryland educators’ resistance to a proposed evaluation scheme put out by the Maryland Board of Education. The new rule would require that at least 50% of a teacher’s evaluation … Continue reading

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Student “Protest” Ends With Whimper, Not Bang

A group of students in New Jersey walked out of school today, purportedly to protest budget cuts handed down by governor and noted dumb-ass Chris Christie. According to the article, the school district’s state aid was reduced by 2/3. Apparently … Continue reading

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“Educators for Excellence” My Sweet Aunt Fanny

Educators 4 Excellence and the Fight Against “Last In, First Out” in New York “Educators 4 Excellence”  is a group of (presumably) younger teachers in New York who are lobbying against the practice of laying off teachers in the order … Continue reading

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El principio

Ye cats. Here we go!

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