I am writing in response to your recent article about McKinley Elementary School, where a teacher was recently accused of giving answers to a student while administering the California Standards Test. Our son, a McKinley student, is not in the third grade class where the alleged cheating took place. He did [...]
To make this video I downloaded photos from the Library of Congress. I was amazed how diverse public schools have always been. Native Americans, African Americans, Anglo Americans–first in separate schools, then in the same ones. Typical and not so typical–fed, [...]
I am reading Upton Sinclair’s wonderful muckraking book about public education in Los Angeles in the ‘twenties, The Goslings, a Study of American Schools. See if any of this sounds familiar (e.g.,teacher bashing by the LA Times, business’ stranglehold on public education). For more check it out on Google.
It is the thesis [...]
This past week, I learned more about what’s in store for public schools. I was dismayed to find out, at our Tuesday faculty meeting, that Common Core, a new set of learning standards mandated in 46 states, deemphasizes the importance of fiction as well as the experiences in a child’s life that make stories [...]
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Several states plan to share confidential student data with a corporation funded by the Gates Foundation. This information may be shared with other entities, for purposes that are not clear.
As parents, grandparents and educators, we must protect our children’s rights to privacy.
We expect schools to understand the [...]
Every weekend I drive to Fort Hernandez in Van Nuys a few miles away from where I teach and drop off food. The Hernandezes have been fighting eviction for years and now are getting help from 50+ Occupiers camped in their front yard. Housing is a human right. I hope they can [...]
I recently received this thoughtful comment bin response to a blog entry I wrote a while back about alternative assessment for kids with IEPs. Thank you, Karen. I think your take is spot on!
I wrote a letter that appeared in our local newspaper. Free Lance Star. I thought it might interest you. [...]
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