Friday night, July 3rd – CLASSROOM TEACHERS nationwide get another chance to be heard across the country on talk radio about the REAL issues in education
Progress! Another book by a teacher who gets it!
Some Advice Before You Become a Teacher
A Teacher View of Parents – 71% Great, 29% Difficult, 95% Clueless
Cancelling High School Electives, Arts, and Music – So Many Reasons, So Many Lies
Homeschooling – Career DoE bureaucrats could learn a lot from homeschoolers
The Atlanta School Cheating Convictions – So Wrong On So Many Levels
Teachers — another great chance for our voices to be heard nationwide this Monday, 6 April!
The PDP farce – wink, wink, nod, nod
DoE mandates now prevent teaching the curricula for an average of 35 minutes of every class period
Classroom teachers – your voices just got a LOT louder (about a million times louder!) by an invitation to join the Huffington Post education blog
Career DoE bureaucrats: Holding classroom teachers accountable for teaching a full-period lesson plan when DoE mandates PREVENT teaching for 35 minutes of every class period.
Guest post from M. Shannon Hernandez announcing a special nationwide podcast for teachers
An Ohio teacher visits Finland schools – and sees why they have a #1 worldwide ranking in education. The comparisons with #17 USA are stunning.
The farce of charter schools – how can education be “substantively” better, if nothing “substantively” changes? Yet more DoE promises followed by mass, nationwide failure.
“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
/RantOn: Only career DoE bureaucrats could produce something as incompetent as dozens of new teacher evaluation plans being implemented across the nation
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!
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
A guest post follows – How we once again fail our children when teachers are forced to accept one-size-fits-all mandates
/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
Another “bad” Classroom teacher — She forgot to see if the student brushed his teeth before bed
CLASSROOM TEACHERS – here is your chance to share YOUR story nationwide to help us fix the real issues with education for our children
Thank you Classroom teachers – you were awesome last night! 1,000,000-plus listeners heard you loud and clear!
Tonight’s the night! The voices of CLASSROOM TEACHERS will be heard by 1,000,000-plus across the nation!
Guest passage: the voice of a music teacher. The tragedy when common core and standardized testing takes the joy of music away from students
Guest blog: We Will Make This Our Battle Cry: “I teach students, not subjects.”
February 2nd: an all-too-rare chance for CLASSROOM TEACHERS to be heard on nationwide radio about the real problems with today’s education! Please join us!
Boston adds 40 minutes to the school day – once again career DoE bureaucrats use cosmetic surgery for a gaping wound
Yearend reflections – thank you to 26,000 awesome teachers and four remarkable women
Teachers – talk live with someone who is doing more to publicize the issue of bullying by school administrators, and the frustrations that drive good teachers out of the profession, than all the rest of the bloggers, reporters, and authors combined!
/RantOn: Yes, even teachers sometimes get so steamed at trying to teach DESPITE the inept mandates of career DoE mandates that they have to explode! And few things are as frustrating as inane teacher evaluation metrics that cannot possibly work.
Five outstanding teachers — the best of the best! The top prize winners in our call for submissions to share teacher views of the REAL problems with education.
Honoring 24 of our teachers by selecting them to be included in the 2nd edition of “Lifting the Curtain: the disgrace we call urban high school education”
Let’s play the blame game – All the problems in urban high school education are the fault of (select your scapegoat of choice): parents/teachers/legislators/students/career DoE bureaucrats/sunspots
Inclusion classes — How exceptional teachers try to work around all the problems, and minimize the destructive unintended consequences of inept inclusion mandates
Parents – A minority is missing in action for their own children, and a majority has no clue what really happens in our classrooms
Fulltime high schools could learn from a common practice in vocational schools
Counterpoint – A teacher’s moments of joy, and her moments of fear
What makes a great teacher? Surprise – it has little to do with wasted PDP courses, college attended, degree, following useless DoE mandates, use of technology, suitcases full of new funding, or even experience.
Charter Schools – The false hype from career DoE bureaucrats and legislators no longer hides all the failures – and can’t hide the exact same underlying problems as public schools
A teacher’s reconstruction of two difficult conflicts with a parent – extreme examples of a painful interaction that happens, on average, 3.1 times per month for urban high school teachers
High school “graduates” with reading skills unready for college – just another example of the damage to a child’s future when teachers have to accept administrative forced promotion of failing students
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
Last day for entries so your teacher views can be embedded in the 2nd edition of Lifting the Curtain
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
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
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 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.
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”
/RantOn: Fixing education – The endless begging for more funding is a shameless cop out. We need policy changes, not dollars!
Our first finalist chosen for two entries – “Cheer Mom” and “Sports Dad”, plus another look at forced grade changes (this time in the name of standardized testing)
High school administrators continue to routinely cancel arts and music classes in favor of test preparation classes, while falsely claiming “…the reason was budget issues.”
A Homeschooling post — a surprising and controversial choice by the panel to be the 2nd finalist for inclusion in the next edition of “Lifting the Curtain”
Teachers speaking out on forced passing grades — our first contest finalist
“Day one” results of our call for teacher voices to be heard – Amazing!
Common Core – It coulda been a contendah
Call for 250-word submissions and a contest for your “Visions on Teaching!”
Be sure to visit our blog Friday! — for a contest and call for submissions to be part of our “Visions on Teaching”
/RantOn: Intimidating our Teachers – The Silence of the Lambs
Who Gives Teachers a Voice?
A very good teacher in a suburban high school designs and conducts an outstanding lesson – something almost impossible for the 39% of teachers in urban high schools.
Ambiguous Sports Graph
Teacher PDPs —
A look at the loss of arts, inclusion classes, and student expectations from a teachers point of view — a Q & A session at Linda Rheinhart’s award-winning blog!
More books being sent out to legislators in our mission to help classroom high school teachers fix the REAL problems with education! Do YOU have a legislator who should get one?
Head to Women on Writing’s great site and join a Q & A session about the real problems in today’s schools
An insightful review by Margo Dill at Women on Writing helping spread the word!
Sometimes, for teachers, it just feels like one of those days
Fun & Friends—Upcoming Events
Madeline Sharples (author of the heart-touching book “Leaving the Hall Light On”) helps get the message out about fixing the REAL problems with urban high school education
Someone You Know Has Literacy Problems
The “I Don’t Teach Anymore” Button Giveaway!
Wish us luck! We’re sending out books to plea for help from legislators to help fix the REAL problems hurting our children’s education
Win a copy of Lifting the Curtain!
Another great Jessica Fitzpatrick illustration!
Children don’t want to work in school anymore – NOT!
Friends Spreading the Word
Tom, Michelle, Chris, and Ryan – A teacher’s long-overdue thanks
Lifting the Curtain Promo Party Launch and Giveaway
Day one of a new blog! 🙂