Short Notes: Mr. President, Please Stop Pointing Everything On Fathers of Color

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A few notes: Dr. Brittney Cooper (co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective) calls out President Barack Obama for his misinformation on the role of Black fathers in Chicago’s massive violence. A really good read. [Ebony] This write up about Michael Jordan gives us a slice of MJ at 50 that few simply won’t dare write. [ESPN / OTL] Exactly how many ineffective teachers are there in NYC? Aaron Pallas thinks …

Short Notes: Dear Chris Lehmann [This Time, It's About You]

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A few links: Amidst all the talk about Obama’s lack of action regarding Chicago’s daily murders, First Lady Obama attends Hadiya Pendleton’s funeral. [The Root] ITeach4Change ruminates on the situation at Garfield High School in Seattle. We still need serious reform. [Cooperative Catalyst] The NAACP asks you to nominate a local hero for their unsung hero awards. [NAACP] Dion Rabouin goes in on Black History Month, dropping more than a …

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Karen Lewis on Using The Bosses’ Tools [Pre-MLK Jr. Day]

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A few notes: The Los Angeles United School District and its teachers union came to an agreement on teacher evaluation that makes some sense. [LA Daily News] John Holland outlines with no equivocation the difference between responsibility and accountability. [Future of Teaching] Sherman Dorn gives us five oft-overlooked facts about President Barack Obama that might give context to some of our arguments. [Sherman Dorn] Gregory Michie’s latest post describes what …

12 Blogs I Loved In 2012

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In my short notes series, I like to share things I’ve read from around the web, usually parsed out from the plethora of things I pick up on my social media networks. At times, I find gems that keep me coming back for more. The following list have been reliable sources for pieces to share all year. I’ve had some of these in my Google reader since I started blogging, …

Short Notes: The Educational Income Gap And The Man Who Helped Us Defeat It

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A few notes: Jason DeParle writes that poor students struggle in college as class plays a bigger role in education. Another case of “We told you so.” [New York Times] Jack Jennings of the Center on Education Policy joins the chorus of those who believe in the research on standardized testing. [Huffington Post] Jersey Jazzman, easily becoming one of my favorite bloggers, calls Campbell Brown a pearl clutcher. That’s priceless …

Short Notes: We Are Powerful Beyond Measure

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A few notes: I’ll be writing lots on the Future of Teaching blog. Here’s my first offering of the week, a congratulatory note for Dr. John Holland. [Future of Teaching] We need you to take action. If you’re against the continuing proliferation of testing, please sign. Thank you! [AFT] What does it mean to be an authentic leader? This also works for anyone looking for authenticity in their work. [Harvard …

Short Notes: Hip-Hop Didn’t Fail America

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Before I proceed, dozens of people from various school districts have told me that my site is blocked on their school computers. In the event that it is, you can always get my articles via e-mail by signing up on the right-hand side of this blog or by subscribing via RSS for my savvy readers, also on the right-hand side.  They can block my site’s URL, but they can’t block …

Short Notes: Why We Shouldn’t Grade Schools

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Before I proceed, dozens of people from various school districts have told me that my site is blocked on their school computers. In the event that it is, you can always get my articles via e-mail by signing up on the right-hand side of this blog or by subscribing via RSS for my savvy readers, also on the right-hand side.  They can block my site’s URL, but they can’t block …

Short Notes: Data Really Does Makes People Feel Comfortable

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A few notes: NYC Educator discusses why teachers now more than ever should get a contract, in light of Hurricane Sandy. [NYC Educator] My main man Prof. Christopher Emdin and rapper The GZA (Wu-Tang) team up for a lesson on science. Wow. [New York Times] Angela Benton of the NewMeAccelerator speaks on asking the one big question of creating a new business … but it’s also relevant for educators. [Wall …

Short Notes: In a Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga Sorta Vibe

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A few notes: Lady Gaga posted a version of Kendrick Lamar’s “Don’t Kill My Vibe” which originally featured … her. Awesome. [Twitter / @LadyGaga] According to Slate, NASA is also very happy with Obama’s re-election. To space and beyond. [Slate] I’m not a fan of war, nor am I happy we have troops in places we don’t need to. This Wilfred Owen poem is a good reminder for us. [via …