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

ZERO

"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

Yes! It’s THAT Bad!

Anne LaValle, New York's most relentless Anti-Common Core mother,  reminds us of an unpleasant anniversary. Five years ago, every 8th grader in New York State was required to write an essay validating this statement: "A structured work day of 8 hours of work, 8 hours of rest and 8 hours of recreation is best not only … Continue reading Yes! It’s THAT Bad!

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!

Are You a Pretend Parent?

Are you a pretend parent? If that questions bothers you, well … It’s never a bad thing to have a heart-to-heart with yourself. Maybe you’re too caught up in your own thing … or life's become tangled ... so your kid’s education has slipped into auto-pilot. You're not alone. But if that first sentence grabbed … Continue reading Are You a Pretend Parent?

The Agog Mob and Why Elections Matter

For those  who don't yet feel rescued by last year's election ... here's a sobering x-ray of our diseased self. This speaks to our current embarrassment as a nation  ... and as a scary squint into our tomorrow ... and the likelihood that this nation might not survive an outbreak of poison ivy ... or … Continue reading The Agog Mob and Why Elections Matter

Tell Me No Lies

The great philosopher Elvis Presley once said ... "Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away."  The King would probably see lots of suspicious lies in this education madness ... and be all shook up over the lack of truth. Okay! ... no more campy … Continue reading Tell Me No Lies

Gates & Zuckerberg Partner-What Could Go Wrong?

BIG PHILANTHROPIES EXPLORE NEW INVESTMENTS IN THE SCIENCE OF LEARNING: The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation signaled interest this week in funding research to improve student outcomes in writing, math and executive function. Through a request for information  PostedTuesday, the philanthropies are seeking "promising ideas" on the way students learn … Continue reading Gates & Zuckerberg Partner-What Could Go Wrong?

The End of Wisdom

"After 32 years ... I couldn't take it any more. I vowed to fight CC ... It was killing me to do the ridiculous and stupid things that the supervisor and principal thought were necessary. They were able to brainwash the young teachers... [and] if teachers talked negatively about CC, they could be easily replaced. … Continue reading The End of Wisdom

The Union Loves Me … Or Loves Me Not?

“I formed important bonds … some of which continue to this day. They told me things they told no one else. Mined me for knowledge and advice. And together … we ironed out issues … big and small. And our lives got knotted. Sweetly tangled. I saw them come into my life …. and then leave me behind. And that ouched me. But that, too, was part of the bargain. And so I have this melancholy smile … and a trunk of sweet memories. But then there’s that other stuff. That union stuff. That’s changed. A lot...”