Author Archives: frontlineteacher

“The Death and Life of the Great American School System”

I really like a lot of what President Obama has done for the US, but I have been sorely disappointed by his approach to education. Maybe it’s not his fault. Education “reform” is a political hot potato with a lot … Continue reading

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Honors Students Begin Boycott of Arizona Universities

I’m horrified by the new Arizona law requiring all immigrants to carry documentation with them wherever they go. This seems like an idiotic idea for a wide range of reasons, not all of which I’ll go into here. One clear … Continue reading

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Teaching While Brown: Arizona outlaws English teachers with “heavy accents”

I don’t have a “WTF” category but I am considering creating one. Via Huffington Post

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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.

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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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