The Nation, "Saving Public Schools"

A Progressive Education Agenda, Whatever That Means

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Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the Nation’s “What’s Next for Public Education discussion, a collaboration with the New School featuring AFT President Randi Weingarten, NYU Professor Pedro Noguera, The Marshall Project journalist and author Dana Goldstein, and well-known parent activist Zakiyah Ansari, moderated by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes with a few words from NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. Overall, I thought it was a good primer for some …

Secretary Arne Duncan and comedian Stephen Colbert, both of whose job I would do so much better at, but I'll stick to teaching anyways

How I Might Have Intro’d The Bammy Awards

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There’s been lots of talk about this past Saturday’s Bammy Awards. I’ve written a bunch on diversity at the Bammys and even the executive producer left a comment here after our feisty discussion. However, I’ve kept mute during and after the Bammy Awards, letting others report out. As with any awards show, there were lots of bright spots and dim spots, almost all of them from people who actually attended. …

March on Washington, 1963

Short Notes: Of Dreams and Nightmares

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A few notes: The Albert Shanker Institute asked a few of us to create lesson plans around the anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I’m proud to have contributed a math-focused one. Check them out. [ShareMyLesson] John Spencer gives us seven thoughts on whether teachers should get political. [Education Rethink] Child poverty in Los Angeles is at 33%, and other budgetary issues. [4LAKids] Kenzo Shibata says, …

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: 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 …