Teachers can’t wait to build a more perfect union

In this guest post republished Tom Rademacher considers the difficulties with trying to build a more inclusive and open minded teachers’ union. In May of 2014 Tom was named Minnesota Teacher of the Year. He teaches writing and writes about teaching at Mr. Rad’s Neighborhood. ******************************* My union story is pretty typical. My mom worked her …

Will we pass the test on accountability in education?

Let’s be clear on something: I fear my government. I am a student of history and observant of its many lessons, and the best I can say about American democracy is trust, but verify. Our civil rights require maintenance. It requires faithful and dedicated people who study, research, and unearth the numbers beneath systems of law, …

Painting education the whitest shade of pale

At a time when students of color are becoming the new majority in public schools you would think education leaders would listen to their parents. This tweet from Diane Ravitch tells me we have a long way to go: BREAKING NEWS: AFT President Randi Weingarten Endorses Opt Out! http://t.co/TbRgZ3ap4O — Diane Ravitch (@DianeRavitch) March 31, 2015 …

Dear Lord, stop these liberals from awfulizing my kids

More than two decades teaching in the hard scrabble Oakland public schools have taught Anthony Cody to view urban kids with pity. That’s my assessment after reading his recently recycled blog post that lathers readers in a wellspring of negative statistics and damning studies. When you’re done reading it the only logical conclusion is our children are so horribly battered that …

Apology accepted, but with a request for justice

Yesterday I crossed hairs in Twitterworld with Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Without rewarming the particulars let it be known that Mr. Petrilli has taken the immensely classy action of offering an articulate and warm apology. There is never a situation where a God-fearing man rejects an apology. So, in the matter of …