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A few weeks ago, I was invited to write for New York Times’ Room for Debate, a special web section of the Times dedicated to debating intense subjects of the week. This one was dedicated to parent-teacher conferences. I wrote:

Critics call it a waste of time, of course. They argue that only the “good” students’ parents participate, and so there’s not much to discuss. They are of the opinion that only parents of “bad” kids should be invited.

But we shouldn’t look at these meetings as a way to reform our children. They simply provide the face-to-face element of a longer conversation, which starts with a letter to every child’s home, works its way through progress reports and the occasional phone call with parents, and ends with a report card.

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Short Notes: With Tears and Cheers

by Jose Vilson on July 7, 2013

in Short Notes

Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy

A few notes:

  • Edutopia highlights five, count em, FIVE books I think you should read. Just go. Read em if you haven’t already. [Edutopia]
  • When discussing the path of citizenship, this is what really matters. Five fifths human. [Los Angeles Times]
  • The New York Times editorial board thinks there should be changes made to the way we treat schools in New York City, but don’t propose anything that takes it too far from where Bloomberg took it. [New York Times]
  • NYC Educator reluctantly endorses Bill Thompson. The jury is still out for me, but my vote could swing the mayoral race like 20 percentage points. I better get on this. [NYC Educator]
  • Dear Common Core dissenters: you might want to take a look at what this website’s saying about the CCSS and Black students. Especially #4 and #2. I’d rather not get confused with this group. [Central Illinois and Beyond]
  • These 33 teachers who got the last laugh cracked me the hell up. Buzzfeed wins again. [Buzzfeed]

Quotable:

When I talk about the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S., I like to compare them to what I call the Christian Brotherhood in the U.S. — and this is the religious right and conservative men in this country who are successfully trying to roll back reproductive rights. I always bring up Wendy Davis and what happened in Texas. And I say that Governor Rick Perry is an example of the Christian Brotherhood in this country. What they have in common is, the religious right — and especially the men in the religious right — are obsessed with our vaginas. And I would say stay away from my vagina unless I want you in there. I bring Wendy Davis in Texas in because it doesn’t help to say “over there” and “over here.” We have to look at women’s rights, and the successive fights toward reproductive rights — the Beijing platform from 1995, I was in Beijing at the global conference: If we had a global conference today, we would not achieve a third of what we achieved in Beijing because of this brand of conservatism, especially regarding reproductive rights.

- Mona Eltahawy in Aspen Ideas Fest 2013, when asked a question about women’s reproductive rights in the United States

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The Second Amendment (Rebuild The Dream)

The Second Amendment (Rebuild The Dream)

A few notes:

Quotable:

“But solutionism, prefix or not, might encourage us to think that “the answers” (whatever those might be) lie in technology — and our hints to these so-called solutions, in tech and not in books. Ed-tech solutionism leads us think that “the answers” to education lie in ed-tech apps and in data gleaned from them and not in education history, theory, or practice. (Let alone in works of fiction like Things Fall Apart.) And just as importantly (particularly for me, as an education writer and critic), “ed-tech solutionism,” according to Morozov, forecloses our interrogating what “the problems” with education really are in the first place.”

- Audrey Watters, from her Hack Education Newsletter

 

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Educators, You Might Be A Good, Racist Person Too

March 7, 2013 Jose
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Ta-Nehisi Coates has a message for good, honest folk. Read: But much worse, it haunts black people with a kind of invisible violence that is given tell only when the victim happens to be an Oscar winner. The promise of America is that those who play by the rules, who observe the norms of the […]

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Short Notes: Hip-Hop Didn’t Fail America

December 2, 2012 Short Notes

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, […]

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Short Notes: Why We Shouldn’t Grade Schools

November 25, 2012 Short Notes

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, […]

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