Thoughts on Education After Vergara vs. California

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 7:10 pm

I can’t say what you were all thinking when you read about this ruling, and the commentary that followed from the White House — my own immediate reaction was that they’re now getting what they want directly, rather than having to fuss over “school reform!” Want to mess with the teachers’ unions? Have the courts do it! Perhaps in the future we can now expect a new era of honesty, in which open-ended class warfare upon teachers and students is no longer seen as requiring justification through the ever-expanding rationalizations of “school reform.”

 

I Love Strong Women (re-published)

By: Saturday March 8, 2014 1:15 pm

You want to know what I think makes a Strong Woman? They are women who refuse to be limited and force the rest of us to accept them in their humanity. They refuse to be limited by stereotypes and they lift us all with their strength.

Teachers Seek to ‘Reclaim’ Education

By: Saturday December 14, 2013 6:40 pm

After years of being backed into a corner, on Monday public-school teachers stood up in defiance against what they see as their chief bully—budget-slashing school reforms that have made school more stressful and less fulfilling for both them and their students.

Under the banner of a National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education, educators, students and community groups coordinated demonstrations, rallies and other public gatherings in dozens of cities. In the long run, the day of action kicked off a broader campaign by a coalition of unions and community groups to chart an alternative path to education reform.

Educators Wary of Tech Fixes for College Affordability Crisis

By: Sunday October 20, 2013 5:20 pm

As tuitions rise and the job market still slumps, many young college graduates are wrestling with the question of how to make their increasingly expensive educations pay off. Now, new technologies are emerging as a potential solution for the college affordability crisis, according to some educational administrators and officials. The growing public fascination with “Massive Open Online Courses,” or MOOCs, suggests that in the near future, a public university degree may become cheaper and more accessible, with a greater economic “return on investments” for the government. Yet some education advocates are wary of the MOOC phenomenon and urge the government to focus on brick-and-mortar educational investments before seeking a magic bullet .

Poll Shows Highest Level of Public Disapproval for Vouchers Ever

By: Tuesday August 27, 2013 11:15 am

A new PDK/Gallup Poll reveals bad news for the corporate education reform movement to privatize public education. According to the poll, vouchers previously considered a useful wedge weapon against public schools are more unpopular than ever.

Late Night: Teacher in Trouble–Fight for Your Rights (to Party)

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 8:00 pm

Golly Mr. Dryden, you’re my favorite teacher!

John Dryden, a high school teacher in Batavia, Illinois is in hot water for teaching his students about their rights, and for putting that lesson into action by informing students of their Fifth Amendment rights in connection with a survey asking about illegal drug use. The survey was ostensibly aimed at assessing the needs of students at Batavia High School except it asked about illegal drug use and students’ names were on each form! What’s a cool teacher to do?

Labor Becomes Part of the National Conversation: The Best and Worst of 2012

By: Wednesday December 26, 2012 5:46 pm

This was a tumultuous year for working people and their families. From the grassroots uprisings last winter to the low-wage workers’ strikes at year’s end, 2012 saw many people coming together for the first time and finding their voices. Below are the items that I would highlight as the best and worst developments of 2012 in the world of labor and progressive social movements.

I’m Really Tired of Gun-Related Funerals

By: Saturday December 15, 2012 9:03 am

As yesterday’s story of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School unfolded, image after image went through my head . . . my kid and his school, my friends who hunt, George Tiller, and especially the victims of gun violence whose funerals I have done.

I’m really tired of doing gun-related funerals.

On Both Sides of the Border, Teachers Fight Corporatization

By: Saturday October 13, 2012 1:00 pm

Last month, the success of the Chicago teachers’ strike forced the mainstream media to present a rare picture of public school teachers: as organized, defiant and victorious. But prior to the Chicago teachers winning a major deal, there was no shortage of dismissive, condescending and misleading coverage of teachers unions.

Recently, that disdainful media gaze has turned southward.

Late Night: ‘You’re Not Supposed to Support the Strike’

By: Monday September 17, 2012 8:00 pm

I realize not everything has to be about complete selflessness, so let’s make the argument from self-interest here. If my neighbors are poor and desperate and uneducated, I’m not safe, because poor and desperate and uneducated people do stupid shit and eventually that stupid shit lands on my doorstep.

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