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Pop Your Collar For Parent-Teacher Conferences [New York Times]

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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 …

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Short Notes: With Tears and Cheers

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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 …

Short Notes: On The Backs of Black and Brown Children

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A few notes: Sherman Dorn highlights some misconceptions about the Common Core State Standards. [Sherman Dorn] Rania Khalel says public education reform is being done on the backs of Black and Brown children. I tend to agree. [Dispatches from the Underclass] William Hood’s story about Dr. Martin Luther King gave me the jitters. [New York Times] Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg moonlights as a middle school teacher in his spare time. …

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Educators, You Might Be A Good, Racist Person Too

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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 “middle class,” will be treated as such. But this injunction is only half-enforced when it …

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 …

Short Notes: Why We Shouldn’t Grade Schools

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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 …

Short Notes: Data Really Does Makes People Feel Comfortable

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A few notes: NYC Educator discusses why teachers now more than ever should get a contract, in light of Hurricane Sandy. [NYC Educator] My main man Prof. Christopher Emdin and rapper The GZA (Wu-Tang) team up for a lesson on science. Wow. [New York Times] Angela Benton of the NewMeAccelerator speaks on asking the one big question of creating a new business … but it’s also relevant for educators. [Wall …

Short Notes: Inspire The Next, Recognize The Present

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A few notes: Relando Thompkins interviews a few of us for his People Who Inspire Me series. Read our dialogue. [Relando Thompkins] Facing History wants you to nominate teachers who’ve inspired you to speak out against injustice. More details here. [GOOD Magazine] NYC Educator demonstrates the value of a New York (presidential) vote. We can be honest, right? [NYC Educator] Finally, JD is back on the writing horse. With a …

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Short Notes: Educator’s Rights Tied To Women’s Rights, Again

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A few notes: Erin Gloria Ryan shows three stupid ways to discuss the Chicago Teachers’ Strike. [Jezebel] The support / disapproval of the strike seem to lie across racial lines. If you’re surprised, read this. [The American Prospect via Alexander Russo] Remember when the terms “liberal” and “progressive” were synonymous? These five prove the shift. [Truth Out] Fathers really matter when it comes to children, and not in the ways …

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The New York Times and Why Adding More Educators To Your Panel Matters

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Last year around this time, I criticized the New York Times for not having many K-12 educators on their panel. Excuse me, for having maybe three current teachers and another handful of former teachers out of a possible 70 panelists. I laughed at the prospect of a public education system without any educators, and my own suspicions about the composition of last year’s panel made me laugh harder. It felt …