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A Teacher View of Parents – 71% Great, 29% Difficult, 95% Clueless

An extended version of my Huffington Post blog There is perhaps no more heated a topic in the teacher lunchroom than the role of parents in education.    The overwhelming bulk of parents, even in the most challenged schools I researched, … Continue reading

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Cancelling High School Electives, Arts, and Music – So Many Reasons, So Many Lies

An extended version of my Huffington Post blog 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.  … Continue reading

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Homeschooling – Career DoE bureaucrats could learn a lot from homeschoolers

Whenever possible, I center my blog articles around a passage written by a classroom teacher who helps me tackle one of today’s major education issues.  Our only chance to fix the real issues with education is if classroom teacher voices … Continue reading

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The Atlanta School Cheating Convictions – So Wrong On So Many Levels

An extended version of my Huffington Post blog Up front, I must emphasize that I am glad these administrators and their clique were caught, that they lost their jobs, and their careers were destroyed.  I applaud their conviction, and every … Continue reading

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Teachers — another great chance for our voices to be heard nationwide this Monday, 6 April!

On Monday night, April 6th, my friend and colleague M. Shannon Hernandez will be the guest on a national radio talk show to discuss student-centered education reform. Shannon has been asked to appear on Dan Rae’s NightSide Show on WBZ 1030AM Radio (CBS … Continue reading

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The PDP farce – wink, wink, nod, nod

An extended version of my Huffington Post blog PDPs – Professional Development Plans (usually referred to as Professional Development Points by teachers) – are the primary means of giving teachers needed training during their careers.  All teachers are required to … Continue reading

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DoE mandates now prevent teaching the curricula for an average of 35 minutes of every class period

An extended version of my original blog on the Huffington Post In 1990, a classroom teacher typically had all but six minutes per class available to teach the lesson plan for the day.  We were able to dive into the … Continue reading

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