Because my good friends and internet neighbors have their priorities more correctly aligned than mine, I’ve had alot more personal feedback lately about the travails of my dog, Oly, than about education policy. To those who asked, thanks, and to those who have commiserated thank you as well. Making a long story involving fanciful detonations… Read More No News Means Uncertain News (A Non-News Dog Update)
Four days of falling/slogging through another week in the rabbit-hole that is the Albuquerque Public Schools, and the (healthy) mind turns away from the insanity, and towards any shiny, diversionary object possible. What are weekends (at least for today’s public school educator) but short respites out of the chair Alex sits strapped-in with his eyes… Read More Hang the Blogging DJ As We Stagger Through A Working Friday
2006-2007 Support to schools through America’s Choice in the amount of $2,761,721 This amount supported implementation in 16 schools 2007-2008 Support to schools through America’s Choice in the amount of $3,234,891 This amount to support implementation in 22 schools –from NM Legislative Education Study Committee Staff Report, “The School Improvement Framework“, 10.15.07 A comment indirectly… Read More Getting Wonky With Public Education: Following the Money Regarding "America’s Choice"
“Right now, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require more than a high school diploma.”-President Obama. Not the State of the Union Address. 2.24.09 The question is: why? Why do three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require more than a high school diploma? Hi. I’m Professional Educator Answer Guy. Not only do I answer your educational policy… Read More Professional Educator Answer Guy Responds to President Obama
The economy of this state can grow only if New Mexico is a place where businesses want to locate and people want to raise their families. We know that an education system that educates every child to world-class levels regardless of socio-economic status is absolutely necessary for this to occur. And we will not be… Read More Dear ABQ Chamber of Commerce: Pay Up or Shut Up
I. Terrible BeautyBetween screenings of our own films this week, my class is watching the documentary “Devil and Daniel Johnston”. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned Mr. Johnston and this documentary before, but this is the first time I’ve shown it to a class. The story of an acute bi-polar singer/songwriter who can’t sing and can’t… Read More Triptych: Terrible Beauty, Beauty, Terrible
We don’t use much of the true “call to action” around here, preferring directionless rage, invective and vitriol instead. But here’s a “Call To Action”. Here is what “The District” has told my middle school: We must add more Math minutes to the day to bring up poor Math test scores for around 300 of… Read More An APS Middle School Teacher’s Call To Action