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. …

Arne Duncan

Honesty In The Time Of Professionalism

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In this economy, everyone’s scared to lose their jobs. Leaders often say they want feedback and honesty, but only if it fits their beliefs about the reality they’ve interpreted. For instance, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently tweeted this: 59 years since Brown v. Board of Ed- We still have so far to go to live up to the American dream of equal educational opportunity for all. — Arne Duncan …

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, …

Davis Guggenheim, John Legend, Michelle Rhee

John Legend and the Well-Meaning Corporatists

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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 …

A Spoiler for Frontline’s Michelle Rhee Documentary

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A bunch of my friends have already started posting up the trailer for Frontline‘s documentary on Michelle Rhee entitled The Education of Michelle Rhee (PBS, starting January 8th, check your local listings). Honestly, I’m not watching it. Most people get a benefit of a doubt, but Rhee’s earned nothing but doubt from me. Her videotaped firing of a principal when she was the Chancellor of Washington, DC schools was only …

Eww. Seriously? So Gross. (GEICO Commercial)

Eww. Seriously. That Is So Gross. (Education Reform Put To The Test)

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Ever have a baby sleeping right on your stomach when you see a hilarious commercial and you’re trying to suppress your laughter which only makes you laugh harder? That was the premise for tonight when I watched this Geico commercial about a guy who uses some popular girls from the local high school to help him with his diet. Watch: Had. Me. In. Tears. Then it got me thinking if …

That’s 21 of Your Validators Ate Up At The Same Time

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“I‘m not a regular competitor, first rhyme editor Melody arranger, poet, etcetera Extra events, the grand finale like bonus I am the man they call the microphonist With wisdom which means wise words bein spoken Too many at one time watch the mic start smokin’ I came to express the rap I manifest Stand in my way and I’ll veto, in other words, protest MC’s that wanna be dissed they’re …

Waiting for Superman

How Much Superman Knows About Pedagogy

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Pardon my snark, but what does Superman really know about pedagogy? Really, I’m not sure why Davis Guggenheim, John Legend, Bill Gates, Michelle Rhee, or anyone else think this superhero should be the face of education reform when a) he probably wants nothing to do with this mess b) kids aren’t asking to be “saved” for an episode c) Lex Luther has more in common with the aforementioned club than …

Ghost Busters vs. Stay Puff

The Education Boogey-Men

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Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting educational innovators and thought leaders from throughout the country, people who I either admire for their awesomeness or have pushed my thinking in ways I hadn’t thought of. People like the Teacher Leaders Network and my folks on Facebook and Twitter offer conversations I don’t routinely have with anyone in my immediate work circle. I often get material months …