Monthly Archives: May 2011

A new miracle school in Chicago

I’m not an education reporter.  I’m just a guy with a computer and a healthy amount of skepticism and internet access.  I also am someone whose been in education for twenty years and am fearful about the direction it has … Continue reading

Posted in Debunking | 15 Comments

My ‘Math In Movies and TV’ video montage

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in trying to get TFA to improve that this blog might get a bit negative.  I forget that as one of the best math teachers in the country, I could sometimes use this as … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching Advice | 5 Comments

What happened to my TFA?

Some readers of my blog, particularly the TFAers who  are about to begin their training, are probably a bit confused about who I am and why I’m so cranky. Originally, I was just a guy who had a very tough … Continue reading

Posted in book proposal, favorites, Teach For America, tfa rants | 61 Comments

Obama at the ‘Miracle In Memphis’

On Monday May 16th, President Obama will be the commencement speaker at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, TN. They had won a competition called ‘The Race To The Top High School Commencement Challenge’ based mainly on the claim … Continue reading

Posted in Debunking, favorites | 32 Comments

Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad — but is it true?

In response to critics that TFA teachers don’t have enough long-term impact, TFA replies with the statement from their annual survey “Nearly two-thirds of Teach For America alumni work in the field of education, and half of those in education … Continue reading

Posted in Research | 9 Comments