UFT Prez Michael Mulgrew, NYS Education Commissioner John King, and NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

A Note On Teacher Evaluations [A Memo For Sanity]

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Remember a few years ago when I told you that trying to create equations for the intangibles is calamitous for any profession, especially education? If think tanks prognosticate that the 21st century needs ideals like collaboration and transparency, then we’re doing a poor job of exemplifying that in schools. On Saturday, for example, Commissioner John King released New York State’s …

Tyrann Mathieu at the NFL Scouting Combine

The NFL Draft Has Lots To Teach Administrators [Edutopia]

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Here’s my recent article comparing the way the NFL recruits players in their scouting combine to what public education currently does. Stats and Equations vs. the Team as an Ecosystem Trying to develop equations for player effectiveness doesn’t always work well. ESPN tried to develop its own quarterback equation, but found it wasn’t that simple. Each throw a quarterback made …

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Bloomberg Is The System

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Today, Greg Kristof of the Huffington Post reported that Michael Bloomberg has announced that he wants to have schools call up parents and deliver teacher evaluations directly to parents. This comes on the heels of the passing of a bill that clearly delineates guidelines for parent-school interaction when it comes to teacher evaluations. Michael Bloomberg, in his usual pomp, went …

Pardon the Interruption with Tony Kornheiser, Michael Wilbon, and Tony Reali

Special Guests on Pardon the Interruption: Jose Vilson and John Holland! [Future of Teaching]

Guest Posts, Mr. Vilson

Wilbon: I’m Michael Wilbon. Kornheiser: And I’m Tony Kornheiser, and welcome to the PTI program. We have a special edition of OddsMakers today because we’re old and tired. Wilbon: Maybe you’re old, but I’m tired from the EXCITEMENT of this year’s NBA Finals. K: I was tired from my first name being used all night last night at the Tony’s. …

Giving Rouge Parties Too Much Credit [On E4E and Sarah Palin]

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Part of me sees the parallels with giving Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) and Sarah Palin too much credit. They’ve both become popular for their views, and have the backing of conspicuous and inconspicuous organizations alike, both steering their “constituents” in the wrong direction. Case in point, NYC Educator pointed me in the direction of a Gotham Schools post about E4E’s …