Understanding it is often difficult for those not in the teaching profession to comprehend the meaning and impact of statements coming from those in education, the following translation has been offered by me, a professional educator, of a communication emanating earlier today from APS Superintendent Winston Brooks. Below is the word-for-word release (in standard text)… Read More A Freely Offered Translation of an APS Press Release, 3.30.09
With only seven or so weeks left, and two of them largely gutted via standardized testing, the remainder of the school year seems to hang like cat hair on a suitcase. A suitcase that is still somewhere in the bowels of Continental Airlines, having not made it all back all the way from Marseilles. And… Read More Hitting the Ground Flailing, Back To School
Telling people you’re going to France amid the most wintry economic climate seen in years makes one a bit guilty. It’s like being the guy who goes back the 3rd time to the Indian food buffet line, or orders that one more beer after everyone else has decided against it. On the other hand, it… Read More ‘Burque Babble Goes Euro For a Few Days
Prologue: Burque Babble realizes that it has been even whinier than usual lately. And that’s really saying something. It also knows that plenty of other folks don’t get swell teacher perks like “Spring Break”. Many are, in fact, losing their jobs. Part of Burque Babble (if a pseudo-inanimate object can partition its “thinking”) knows this… Read More Education Must Not Be "Shovel-Ready"
Yesterday my school staff received the email I’ve been dreading ever since the era of “No Child Left Behind” began. It’s title: “What is Continuous Classroom Improvement? (CCI)” Yep, my school is now going to “continuously improve” using state-of-the-art, 1993 business goal setting strategies. It’s because we are in “corrective action”. We’ve been bad…and we… Read More For Whom the NCLB Bell Tolls…
I find it interesting that residents of just about every state feel they have the most corrupt officials and lousiest public schools. It’s a sentiment worn by many like some bizarro State badge of honor, a badge that grows and shines more brightly over time. As an ex-Texan, I can’t tell you how many fellow… Read More Sour, Sour Manny Aragon’s Baadasssss Song
New Mexiken has his “Best Line of the Day”, and it and every New Mexiken post is a worthy read. But right this second New Mexiken seems to be down, so I’m informally filling in… “I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy, so they trotted out the next most popular member of the Republican cabal.”–White House… Read More Excelsior Quote of the 24-Hour Period®