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?

One Bad Kid

Leland Dodge spent his middle school years dodging one very bad kid. He loved his middle school … he just hated the third floor quad. His math and science classes met there. It’s also where he met Dutch Holland. The one very bad kid. Leland Dodge went by “Fiver”. That’s what everybody called him. He … Continue reading One Bad Kid

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...”

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