A Disaster Ranking Scale For Public School Teachers

Tornadoes have the Fujita Scale. Earthquakes the Richter. Hurricanes the Saffir-Simpson. I guess we still have that Homeland Security color-coded thing, although I think we’ve all pretty much stopped paying attention to it. But what about Teachers? What scale for ranking educational disasters exists? Obviously, this is a shortcoming that must be rectified, and Burque… Read More A Disaster Ranking Scale For Public School Teachers

Problems in Education: Inadequately Informed Drug Dealers

I could go in a bunch of education “news” directions this morning. Middle school teacher having sex with student. NM School districts given”flexibility” with class sizes in the Special Session. ABQ charter school has been involved in 43 police calls since October 2008. Enough right there for a teacher to give up reading the newspaper… Read More Problems in Education: Inadequately Informed Drug Dealers

Better Educational Living Through Judicial Chemistry (Alchemy)

A long-deliberated case on whether No Child Left Behind is an “unfunded mandate” ends, for now: “In a rare 8-8 tie, the 6th Circuit upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit questioning whether state school officials must comply with the portions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act for which Congress refuses to pay.”—Courthouse News… Read More Better Educational Living Through Judicial Chemistry (Alchemy)

A Disaster Ranking Scale For Public School Teachers

Tornadoes have the Fujita Scale.  Earthquakes the Richter.  Hurricanes the Saffir-Simpson. I guess we still have that Homeland Security color-coded thing, although I think we’ve all pretty much stopped paying attention to it.  But what about Teachers? What scale for ranking educational disasters exists? Obviously, this is a shortcoming that must be rectified, and Burque… Read More A Disaster Ranking Scale For Public School Teachers

Dark Secrets of the Middle School Teacher: No. 1, Grades

It’s the end of the Nine Weeks and time for middle school teachers to act all high school and such, putting little letters into little spreadsheet boxes that will then be collated and sent home to parents. The entire middle school grading exercise is kinda like kabuki theatre: outdated, stylized and largely incomprehensible. We teachers… Read More Dark Secrets of the Middle School Teacher: No. 1, Grades