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New York City Elects Bill de Blasio for Mayor, But It’s Not Over

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As I type this, party planners will set up confetti on nets in the ceiling, soon to rain on the ardent and diverse supporters of presumed Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. NYC will have voted him in by the largest margin of any mayor in the city’s history. With a populist message and a charisma in stark contrast to current Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent curmudgeonly press conferences, de Blasio isn’t just …

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Short Notes: What Is The Political Future for Teachers?

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A few notes: How are the Common Core math standards helping or hurting our most disadvantaged students? Anthony Rebora asks a few teachers … including me. [Education Week] Arthur Wise and Michael Usdan take a look at the landscape of teaching and politics from a bird’s eye view. [Education Week] And this article says that we can start sentences with conjunctions if we want to. And end a sentence with …

Why Learning Math Is Political

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For my own professional development, I picked up the book Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights by Robert Moses. The book equates the struggles Moses had with developing voter representations amongst the most underrepresented in the South with developing math knowledge / pedagogy into the curriculum in America’s classrooms. Observe: So algebra, once solely in place as the gatekeeper for higher math and the priesthood who gained access to …

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Why Teachers Are Political [A Rant]

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I think it’s time for new political parties, and I mean it. After the debacle that was the release of teacher data reports, we saw a well-rated teacher say it’s crap, and a badly-rated teacher say it’s crap. Yet, the people chosen to represent “us” have yet to outright dismiss the multimillion dollar monster they created and unleashed upon our villages. NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and others implicitly think …

This Writing Is Less of a Run, More Like a Dance

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Someone recently asked me (and I’m omitting the person’s name because it wasn’t a public question): A quick question? Do you feel like you have to be “politically” correct when you write your posts? This type of writing? It’s less like a straight run or a drive down a road, and more like a dance. I have these steadfast rules I’ve engraved into the inside of my forehead and have …

Kareem Rashad, the Soldier

Unless They Don’t Want To Give Kids an Education [This Means War]

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A few months ago, I was privy to a conversation my fellow colleagues were having about the state of education, and how the government doesn’t evenly distribute funds to ensure a proper, equitable education for all. One of the colleagues then reasons, “Well, they may not really want to give certain kids an education. Someone has to fight wars, clean dishes, and do the dirty work in this country, and …

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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 …

A scene after the earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12th, 2010

Tearing The House Down pt. 2: Hands Up For Haiti

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For many of us in the United States, independence means a ton. Even for the most marginalized of groups, we scream and kick for it because of the hypocritical nature of this hollow pursuit of happiness. For most of us in this country, we enjoy freedoms that we often take for granted. From the computers we communicate with to having three meals of some variety, we all have a much …

Barack Obama at School

At The End of the Day [The Letters Series]

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This week, I’m writing a few more letters to different people, whose names shall be removed from the post, but who nonetheless are amalgamations of real characters. I won’t be mincing words this week, and in these letters, I hope to address some issues I find in education as a whole through these letters. If need be, I’ll apologize later. Actually, I probably won’t. Dear Barack Obama, It’s me again, …

Dennis Kucinich, Man of the Hour

Dennis Kucinich on Why He Voted No to Health Care Pt. 2

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After reading this beautiful piece of work by Dennis Kucinich on why he voted ‘no’ to the House Bill on Health Care Reform, I went to his website and caught this little statement on his website as well: Following a statement on the Floor of the House of Representative, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement: “Why is it we have finite resources for health care but unlimited …