One doesn’t want to limit their life and attempt such limits on others by proclaiming things like: There should be no flutes in jazz music. Such declarations have no place in a art form that is all about freedom and expression. I, myself, have been guilty of such snobbery. Which gets me to this week’s… Read More Friday Distraction: Yusef Lateef 12.27.13 Edition
Vital to the standardized testing bandwagon is the idea that everything is educationally awful where you are and somehow significantly better where you ain’t. It an idea that really appeals to our self-destructively competitive nature, as well as our immense capacity for guilt and self-loathing. But this isn’t a spiritual or psychological blog, so let’s… Read More The Educational Sky is Falling and Smoggy Elsewhere, Too
Usually when an organization gives folks a “heads-up” about some impending great news the news is great. So, when APS sent out a press release a few days back bubbling over with kids staring at present under the holiday tree delight about some test scores on one of the 1,937 different standardized tests students take… Read More Huzzah! We’re Not the Worst!
I was going to title this post: “Math Teachers Are Stupid,” but that’s not, largely, true and wouldn’t be sporting. We teachers need to stick together, even if Math teachers often seem to be from some non or supra-human species, one that has evolved emotionally in an exactly opposite way from actual humans. Okay, I… Read More Math Teachers, Textbooks and Kathy Korte, Etc., E-T-C
Proving that there’s more to Albuquerque Public Schools “social media” than references to barnyard animals (and the feeling that we as old people are being left out of what increasingly constitutes the world), APS Social Media Director/Guru/Barnyard Animal Expert Maralyn Beck has a blisteringly unimportant idea for sharing the APS story. It’s “#ThrowbackThursday,” and yes… Read More APS is One Hip, Hip, Hip Lady, Man
Nobody wants to be unfair. Even people working for impersonal, heinous bureaucracies (like me!). Because of this, one problem when it comes to evaluating public school teachers is that EVERYONE has to have the same chance of being formally told they are awful at teaching. It would be unfair to focus on Math and English… Read More Middle School Art and the End of Course Exam
As an ever increasingly old teacher/worker person, I now say “back in the day” at a rate that must surely be fantastically irritating to all who hear me say it. Prepare to be irritated. Back in the day, public schools in which I was employed had “holiday parties.” This story from the Seattle Times Police… Read More Why Public Schools Don’t Have Holiday Parties Anymore