Monthly Archives: February 2015

The farce of charter schools – how can education be “substantively” better, if nothing “substantively” changes?  Yet more DoE promises followed by mass, nationwide failure.

Out front, I have to remind readers that I’m a mathematician, and for all those who remember back in the day the Myers-Briggs personality analysis, an INTJ.   What that means is that I don’t tend to be swayed by emotional … Continue reading

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“Teachers have had enough – they are tired of remaining silent.” More and more they voice the message our career DoE bureaucrats and our legislators have refused to understand

I am so focused on letting teacher voices be heard, so that we can fix the real problems that have cheated a generation of children out of the education they deserve, that I am very careful not to divert from … Continue reading

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/RantOn:  Only career DoE bureaucrats could produce something as incompetent as dozens of new teacher evaluation plans being implemented across the nation

(It’s time for one of my periodic /RantOn posts. Sorry, right up front, for the tone – this is (hopefully) an uncharacteristic “no more Mister Nice Guy” moment! A /RantOn is always about a topic that deeply frustrates good classroom … Continue reading

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Who says teachers are silent about what career bureaucrats have done to destroy the education of a generation of children!  51,000 of them are speaking up with a loud voice – and three Massachusetts legislators got the message!

It is hard for me to express how proud I am of the courage shown by so many teachers who are fighting to reverse what has been done by career DoE bureaucrats to cheat a generation of children out of … Continue reading

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Once again, it is up to a teacher to lead the way as her town fights STEM replacing music and the arts – as career DoE bureaucrats attempt to force students into a career path regardless of what parents and students want

Well, at least this time the school administration is being open and truthful in stating their reasons for planning to cancel music in these two Massachusetts communities.  Frequently, school administrators openly lie about the reason – claiming it is a … Continue reading

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A guest post follows – How we once again fail our children when teachers are forced to accept one-size-fits-all mandates

Letting teachers teach again, and letting the next generation of children get the education that has been stolen from the current generation, is clearly the passion and driving force for this blog.  As often as I can, I include great … Continue reading

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/RantOn – I know inclusion classes are one of the two most destructive forces hurting our children in education – a belief that proves I must be insensitive, selfish, mean-spirited, uncaring, and probably a racist

(It’s time for one of my periodic /RantOn posts. Sorry, right up front, for the tone – this is (hopefully) an uncharacteristic “no more Mister Nice Guy” moment! A /RantOn is always about a topic that deeply frustrates good classroom teachers … Continue reading

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