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 …

Short Notes: “If This Is A Problem, Get The F**k Out Of The Classroom”

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A few notes: Michael Doyle: “If you want to teach children, you have to know them. If this is a problem, get the f**k out of the classroom.” [Science teacher] Elianne Ramos (of LATISM fame) is nominated for Yahoo!’s “Women Who Shine.” Go vote. [Yahoo!] Big Daddy Kane joins Jay-Z at the Barclays Center. As I said, “Amazeballs.” [Rap Radar] Kids in a NYC public school were stuck watching Shrek …

Education Nation Teacher Town Hall 2012

Charter School Teachers Vs. Public School Teachers (Education Nation) [Why We Write]

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She said she doesn’t like when teachers differentiate themselves between charter and public. I nodded cautiously. At the Education Nation Teacher Town Hall, while NBC anchor Brian Williams feigned nervousness in front of the hundreds of educators in front of us, teachers from all different groups convened at the Public Library, some from groups like National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the American Federation of Teachers (full disclosure: I …

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What If The NAACP Is Actually Right?

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Someone recently tagged me to this piece from What About Our Daughters. I’ll let you read the rest of it on your own, but this is why misinformation is so dangerous: As I understand it, and readers I invite you to correct me if I’m wrong, charter schools ARE public schools. So the battle isn’t over public school education, but WHO CONTROLS that public school education and the facilities where …

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Distrust Agents [Pull Out The Highlighter For This One]

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Believe it or not, 2009 is the first year I started using a highlighter for reading a book. Maybe it’s a sign of aging, or my acclimation to getting information fed to me rapidly and succinctly, but my difficulty with concentrating on anything larger than a paragraph has led me to the magic neon-saffron marker. So you can believe my surprise when John Legend, who doesn’t have a leg to …

John Legend

Dear John: Where I Disagree With Legend

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Dear John Legend, Last night at the Avery Hall in Lincoln Center (NYC), you and Common headlined an awesome town hall between some of the brightest and influential Black / Latino men in education. The line-up read like a starting roster for a hypothetical NYC Black educator panel: David Banks of the Eagle Academy as moderator, followed by Dr. Pedro Noguera, Common, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Ruben Diaz Jr., and …