"I'm trying to plan out this teaching thing but my brain is not really working anymore. I forgot how hard this teaching thing is."
"Yeah, I thought after my first few years I'd have this thing all figured out, turns out it's still hard."
In other events there were a few pieces of news worth sharing.
|"Movies, Education...Same difference."|
Critic Kyle Smith of the New York Post recently posted this haphazard and merit-less attack on THE Diane Ravitch and her new book Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to Public Schools
He says things like "charter schools (which are generally just public schools freed from union red tape" -OK? Basically he's a movie critic with a shallow understanding on education. He has a loose grip on the subject and while smart he is forced cite experts like Erik A Hanushek who deals with economic analysis of educational issues.His review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is much better.
I also stumbled across Ron Paul's vision for education reform in another post. As comical as it seems
New York State is holding the Summit for Smarter Schools sponsored by the Partnership for Smarter Schools and three State Senators. It focuses on the effects of the statewide testing and possible and common sense approaches for positive change. Time will tell whether the ideas discussed gain any traction but there are hints of such ideas in many states including our own.
Bill Gates tipped his hand about the efficacy of his reform agenda in an interview and I and most other teachers I know could likely provide a more substantive change with the funds he is pouring into education through his foundation. We've talked about Bill Gates before in our How do you Make a Teacher Great post. That answer remains a mystery but there is no shortage of experts on the matter. Accountability...only for teachers and students I suppose,
With that we leave you to another week. Our hope is that even if you lose faith in the Feds ability to get anything done, you keep a bit of faith in your local public school. We'd appreciate the help.