The Temptations

Just My Imagination Running Away With Me (A Post-CCSS World)

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

I‘ve seen this article in my e-mails and feeds no less than ten times this morning. Much of this is old news for me since, if you’ve put all the pieces together for the last four years, it’s fairly obvious just how invested Bill Gates has been in getting Common Core State Standards moved across different desks. It’s also obvious how many folks, from union leaders to business leaders, have …

Davis Guggenheim, John Legend, Michelle Rhee

John Legend and the Well-Meaning Corporatists

Jose Vilson Jose 14 Comments

Last Wednesday, Huffington Post Education’s Twitter feed tweeted this out: John Legend: out to save schools? http://t.co/2utAZrA0jF — HuffPostEducation (@HuffPostEdu) March 7, 2013 In the pithiest attempt at a response, I said “From what?” After a more thorough read on all the school board races around the country, I noticed a disturbing trend of pundits funding their favorite candidates in influential districts. Places like Chicago, West Sacramento, and Los Angeles …

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Short Notes: Teacher Expectations Influence Student Performance [It's True]

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A few notes: When we believe kids can do something, they do better than when we think they can’t. Just a reminder. [NPR] EduShyster cracks me up with this satirical look at the new “crack for billionaires”: education reform. [EduShyster] Josh Eidelson thinks Chicago is just the beginning. I tend to agree. [Salon] The way Chicago won had lots to do with social media. To Kenzo, Xian, Katie, Fred, Adam, …

Ace Ventura

Everytime You Use “It,” They Win

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You ever have that one friend who has that daft, irritating catch phrase they picked up from some movie or TV show and he just wouldn’t stop saying it? I probably agitated my younger brother and cousin everytime I thought something was corny and I’d reply with an “AAAAAALLLLLLLRRRRIGHTY THEEENNN!!!” (© Ace Ventura). They in turn found ways to harass me with a gill or a bop (or some other …

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Education Reform Group Likes The Taste of Old People

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This afternoon, I received an glossy unsolicited mailing from Education Reform Now, and after careful consideration, maybe I shouldn’t have picked up the mail today. On the front, a man in a pinstriped suit carrying out a cardboard box full of plants, pencils, and a job newsletter with the words “Thanks to the teachers’ union, your child’s favorite teacher may soon be looking for a new job …” written in …