Monthly Archives: September 2012

“Poverty Should Not Matter. Ever.”

I saw, today, a post on Pass The Chalk by 2010 NYC TFAer Jarell Lee called ‘Poverty Should Not Matter.  Ever’.  Jarell is living proof that ‘poverty is not destiny’ as he grew up very poor, yet went on to … Continue reading

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New Orleans: Joke Of The Day

I almost feel bad for these guys.  My sense is that they so want to believe that their reforms are working that they view every score release through this lens and they don’t even realize how pathetic they are. In … Continue reading

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Grasping at Straws in New Orleans

New Orleans was the home of a very important battle in The War of 1812.  Exactly two hundred years later, 2012, New Orleans is again the focus of another type of battle, one of how to best help our schools. … Continue reading

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Pass The Chalk Roundup #4 I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship

The Chicago teacher strike is a huge moment in this modern education reform battle.  In recent years, particularly, teachers around the nation have been slandered, beaten down, displaced when their schools got shut down to make more space for charters, … Continue reading

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Analyzing Released NYC Value-Added Data Part 6

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Less technical post about VAM:  What ‘value-added’ is and is not As if there weren’t enough already, I found yet another few flaws in ‘value-added,’ flaws which, I … Continue reading

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What ‘value-added’ is and is not

Because of the Chicago teacher strike, more people than ever in this country are beginning to learn about some of the big issues in education reform.  The most important, in my estimation, is also, unfortunately, the trickiest to understand — … Continue reading

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I am not a bully

Let’s face it. is not the most happening place.  With 40,000 potential bloggers, all this site gets is an average of four or five posts a day.  I write most of the posts on this site and I get … Continue reading

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Strike One

From what I’m hearing, the Chicago Teachers will begin a strike tomorrow.  For those who haven’t been following the story, it starts a few years ago when Stand For Children ‘tricked’ the union into signing a contract that would make … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Won’t Back Down’ (spoiler alert)

As the lights dimmed and the opening credits rolled during my preview of ‘Won’t Back Down,’ I got a little nervous.  Based on some of the commercials I had seen, I thought there was a chance that it was going … Continue reading

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TFA-fication: Pass The Chalk roundup #3

There’s a slang term called ‘Disneyfication’ which describes when something has been ‘cleaned up’ to make it happier than it’s true nature.  The Disney version of the sometimes gruesome Grimm fairy tales in addition to their revisionist history of Pocahontas … Continue reading

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