"Here’s something you don’t see every day: A bunch of teachers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill have decided to protest ... by withholding students’ grades" Yup. They're mad. At a statue. "Silent Sam" ... a long ago alumni-gift from Civil War veterans ... was set to be moved indoors ... out of sight of … Continue reading How To Ruin A College
Common Core Blows Up! Let’s ‘Act’ Surprised!
WHAT A MESS! Wait! Wait! Wait! This Common Core reform was supposed to turn every kid into a planetary genius ... too smart for the rest of the world. Finland was gonna beg for our secrets. China and Japan, too. Bill Gates told us so. David Coleman swore on a stack of SATs. Arne Duncan … Continue reading Common Core Blows Up! Let’s ‘Act’ Surprised!
The Lost Schools
Check your child for neck bolts … the educational Frankensteins are at it again. Forget geography, language arts, and math … schools are now all about feelings. And emotions. And attitudes. It’s the hot-rage in education … the creepy premise that schools can instill acceptable human emotions and reactions in your child because … I … Continue reading The Lost Schools
Something’s Not Right Here
National Blue Ribbon Schools … supposedly the best schools in the nation. And they have signs to prove it. Some even have Hollywood lighting … and others are really, really big. A few are set in their own botanical gardens … and a handful are bolted to walls. The signs look pretty impressive … … Continue reading Something’s Not Right Here
"The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do." -B. F. Skinner It was just a matter of time. And time’s up. And to think how many Sunday afternoons I sacrificed reading and rating essays. All those margin scribbles ... and all those chin-up, keep-the-faith notes of encouragement. Had I taught in this moment … Continue reading Robo-Education
Andrew Cuomo: Democrat Genius
A genius he is not. Andrew Cuomo wants be president of the United States. He also thinks he can sue the Supreme Court. “We have a better legal case when the Supreme Court acts because I will sue when the Supreme Court acts …” How do you sue the Supreme Court? You can’t. There is … Continue reading Andrew Cuomo: Democrat Genius
"We conclude that testing instruments that put children in a virtual stupor cannot be defended as sound testing practice … nor as a way to raise standards or serve as a foundation for high-stakes decisions ..." Well done, Bill Gates! Bravo, David Coleman! Take a bow … Arne Duncan and John King. And special thanks … Continue reading ZERO
Happy Teacher Exasperation Month!
Geniuses are the most dangerous creatures in the universe ... and do you know why God made so few? To limit the suffering of teachers. Dweebers are educational pests. They make these fly-by observations … scurry back to their sticky keyboards … and tell real-deal teachers how to do their jobs. Let’s imagine those same … Continue reading Happy Teacher Exasperation Month!
The High Cost of Common Core Misery
How much does misery cost? "About another $12.1 billion over the next few years. Nationally exceeding $80 Billion since 2010." That should be some first-class misery. And it’s on you. Your treat! Enjoy! The vulture capitalists can smell your misery from miles away … and they’re so ready to pick your wallets clean. Big … Continue reading The High Cost of Common Core Misery
Because We Listened to a Guy Named Dave
In a very short while … for as far as the eye can see … will stand drive-thru learning centers offering kiosk-educations from a B. F. Skinner touch-screen that will supply the finger-pointer with all they need to succeed in a life of rich monotony. Youngsters will be endlessly nudged in this or that career pathway … Continue reading Because We Listened to a Guy Named Dave