We began 9,000,000 years ago, in August 2008. A time before the “Great Recession”, Barack Obama as President and Twitter. A time of blogposting about our newfangled APS Superintendent Winston Brooks. A time in which the name “Michael Phelps” meant only Olympic idolatry, instead of cheesy commercial endorsements and bong hits. It was the beginning… Read More One More Jiggle of The School Handle Before We Go
Every state/city is suffering from budget problems these days. An interesting contrast exists between how Washington/Seattle is handling things vis-a-vis education differently than New Mexico/Albuquerque. Governor Gregoire signed a new educational funding formula into law today. From the Seattle Times story the bill sounds quite similar to one proposed by NM Rep. Mimi Stewart. The… Read More Seattle v. Albuquerque: And It’s Not About "Hipness"
Last October I wrote a little something about “America’s Choice™”, the Math remediation curriculum-in-a-box pressed upon “failing” schools in APS. As sometimes happens with these old blogposts, I received a fascinating review of America’s Choice™ just this past weekend. I think it’s worth re-posting here, and I hope “Anonymous” doesn’t mind…. Was looking for online… Read More America’s Choice™: Other Voices, Other Sounds
Teacher Scot is about to metamorphose into Summer, Human Scot, after a last week of school that is sure to be everything from traumatic to exhilarating. And that means we’re only days away from Bike Tour 2009: Eastern Germany. Well, by “we’re” I mean me. After hours and hours and hours and hours and days… Read More Germany Bike Tour Update
The “Day” concept (Mother’s, Father’s, Secretary’s, Take Your Daughter to Work, Talk Like A Pirate, Pork Sausage Processor’s) has certainly gotten out of hand. And yes, I made “Pork Sausage Processor’s” up. But you get my point…there’s a “Day” for just about everything, thus cheapening the meaning of each “Day”, not to mention the grating… Read More Bike To Work Today Or Feel Horrible About Yourself Forever
Chas: I’ve had a rough year, dad.Royal: I know you have, Chassie.–Wes Anderson, “The Royal Tenenbaums“ Every May we have this cheap imitation “Graduation” ceremony for our 8th Graders and it’s stupid, and fake, and hard to endure. It’s great seeing the 8th graders celebrating and all, but as a teacher/adult you just kinda want… Read More It’s "Graduation" Morning In Teacher America
As the slow creep of “Total Quality Management” and “Baldrige” permeates my school, I’ve continued searching for research into just how effective these strategies have been in K-12 schools. I’ve noticed a certain circularity of “success stories” on the ‘Net told between consulting firms and a small set of schools who have purchased the services… Read More Baldrige and K-12: Long Beach Unified