Short Notes: What Exactly Is Emancipation?

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A few notes: My latest post at The Collaborateurs talks about my own journey as an alternative certification teacher to where I am now. [CTQ] Phillippe Copeland questions the meaning of Juneteenth, especially when there are more black men incarcerated than were enslaved back then. Just saying. [GOOD] Diane Ravitch’s latest target is Michael Bloomberg, who uses some financial legerdemain to buy out and silence his critics. For New Yorkers, …

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Short Notes: What Fathers Watch

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A few notes: Chris Lehmann wants people to get the difference between authoritative and authoritarian. Here’s a primer. [Practical Theory] John Spencer has five things he never wants to say. Maybe you’ll rethink about the things you say, too. [Education Rethink] Jeb Bush thinks immigration is a good idea … because immigrants are “more fertile.” Ay dios mio. [FOX Latino] Is the fastest-growing job market in empathy? George Anders seems …

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Short Notes: A Cautionary Tale for Edubloggers

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A few notes: The New York Daily News wants you to nominate teachers for their Hometown Heroes award. Start your engines, ladies and gentlemen. [NY Daily News] If you’re sick of the “disruption” talk surrounding technology, specifically education, then read this paper by Audrey Watters. Another hit. [Hack Education] Peter DeWitt writes an interview, and the press secretary for the New York State Education Department called up his school to …

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Short Notes: Disempowerment Is A Cooperative Act

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A few things: The Atlantic’s John Tierney joins in the chorus of the annoyed in this essay about the Atlanta / Washington DC cheating scandals and its ramifications for education reform. [The Atlantic] Michael Doyle makes a clear argument for the village raising the child. [BHS Doyle] Florida’s investigating K-12 Inc. Hate to use the word evil about any person or group, but … [EdWeek] For those in NYC, Supreme …

Short Notes: Pearson Makes Money, Whether You Like It Or Not

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A few notes: William J. Reese lets the world know that none of this testing business is new. Good read. [New York Times] Pearson apologized for errors on the gifted and talented test. They get a stern warning, and get to sit in the corner for millions of dollars. (Commentary mine.) [GothamSchools] I was asked to write why Michelle Rhee isn’t going to face jail time, but Dr. Beverly Hall, …

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Short Notes: Y’All Gone Learn Today [Open Letter]

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Last week, I wrote an open letter to educators in general, but specifically education activists, vested parties, and anyone interested in the workings of this circle. While the letter was met with plenty of praise, it had a few detractors, primarily from those who misunderstood the intent of the letter. After a close reading and re-reading, I stand by the original letter, but shortly thereafter, I wrote a shorter version …

Short Notes: On The Backs of Black and Brown Children

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A few notes: Sherman Dorn highlights some misconceptions about the Common Core State Standards. [Sherman Dorn] Rania Khalel says public education reform is being done on the backs of Black and Brown children. I tend to agree. [Dispatches from the Underclass] William Hood’s story about Dr. Martin Luther King gave me the jitters. [New York Times] Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg moonlights as a middle school teacher in his spare time. …

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Short Notes: What Is The Political Future for Teachers?

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A few notes: How are the Common Core math standards helping or hurting our most disadvantaged students? Anthony Rebora asks a few teachers … including me. [Education Week] Arthur Wise and Michael Usdan take a look at the landscape of teaching and politics from a bird’s eye view. [Education Week] And this article says that we can start sentences with conjunctions if we want to. And end a sentence with …

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Short Notes: My Dreams Is Vivid, Work Hard To Live It

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A few short notes: Dart Adams is easily one of my favorite non-education bloggers out there, and his latest entry about the Notorious B.I.G.’s legacy gives plenty of reasons why. [Bastard Swordsman] Tara Conley writes an open letter to popular feminist Amanda Marcotte, wondering aloud about the exclusion of womynists and feminists of color in the online feminism movement. You can pretty much re-read this and replace any sector of …

Short Notes: The Realest Podcast You’ll Hear All Month (Thanks, Zac Chase)

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  A few notes: Zac Chase interviews me on math, wrong answers, and MisEducation of the Negro. Gangsta. [Autodizactic] Umair Haque spit some serious critique about the TED talk genre. Yes, I’ve done a TED talk. This is worth a read, still. [Storify] Daniel Pink does a cool interview with Copyblogger on how he writes. Not every writer has the “writer” posture. [Copyblogger] Kenzo Shibata delves more deeply into the …