Monthly Archives: October 2014

Today’s music teacher – all the classroom teacher stress, DoE mandates that prevent teaching, unsupportive administrators, and “feisty” parents – plus living with the added threat of cancelling all arts and music programs

The decline in music and arts courses in our schools is shocking. Even the most stressed-out classroom teacher will admit music and arts teachers have it worse than the rest of us.  As we outlined in this post, all too … Continue reading

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Last day for entries so your teacher views can be embedded in the 2nd edition of Lifting the Curtain

Today’s the day!  The last day of our call for submissions for teacher views on the REAL problems with education.  Selected entries will be part of the main chapters, not separate marketing pages, of the 2nd edition of Lifting the Curtain:  The … Continue reading

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Burned out and disillusioned – Another potentially superb new teacher quits the profession after just 2 years of trying to follow her heart and teach in an education system that prevents teaching

As our legislators and career DoE bureaucrats continue to ignore the real systemic failures in education, in their endless search for more funding and more inept mandates, they are doing far more harm than just destroying the education of our … Continue reading

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Forced promotions overriding the teacher – an action to protect the school at the expense of our children’s future and our teacher’s belief in the system

One of the hardest concepts for many well-meaning parents and legislators is that giving a child a free ride through high school is not an act of love. It is a destructive choice by an uncaring administrator that serves just one … Continue reading

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Winner #2 (22 to go!) – A powerful story of the terrible impact on a teacher who is falsely charged with doing something “inappropriate” by her own principal.

Our second winner is one of the most powerful stories, out of far too many like it I’ve seen and been told about during interviews, about intimidation and bullying of teachers by school principals and administrators.  Few people outside the … Continue reading

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Our first of 24 winners – Monica S. looks at the way a focus on standardized testing continues to hurt our children with an endless cycle of forced failure.

Our panel has unanimously selected the first winner, out of dozens of entries being read, for inclusion in the 2nd edition of Lifting the Curtain:  The disgrace we call urban high school education.  It’s a heartbreaking look, to all teachers, … Continue reading

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Just one week to go! Get your submission to us in time, so YOUR teacher views can be quoted in the 2nd edition of “Lifting the Curtain: The disgrace we call urban high school education”

Just one week to go!  Our call for submissions closes next Thursday, 30 October 2014.  We have dozens of great entries reviewed and in progress.  Be sure to add yours! The details are here at our website:  Submission FAQs The latest results … Continue reading

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