The award for the world’s best school reformer goes to…

Last year I excused myself from a ballroom full of confident well dressed people as awards were handed out to school reformers as if it were the Grammy’s. It was all in good fun, but still felt bigheaded and smug. I asked a friend if she thought abolitionists ever held lavish events to praise themselves for freeing …

The paradox of us facing America’s public school teachers

Americans love their teachers. But, do we have the ones we need? There was a way in which our country loved John Wayne and Elvis that allowed many to overlook the crass racism of the former, and the high-risk lifestyle of the latter. Icons too often disable our ability to think rationally about the culture …

Teach For Hysteria: The utter insanity of anti-reform

If insanity is doing the same thing while expecting different results, then teacher unionists and their sympathizers are certifiable. While efforts to improve public education has captured the imagination of most of the public, teacher unionists see problems (underfunding, class size, teacher prep time, the lack of good pedicures) while failing to see The Problem. …

Teach For Hysteria: The utter insanity of anti-reform

If insanity is doing the same thing while expecting different results, then teacher unionists and their sympathizers are certifiable. While efforts to improve public education has captured the imagination of most of the public, teacher unionists see problems (underfunding, class size, teacher prep time, the lack of good pedicures) while failing to see The Problem. …

Conference of anti-reformers brings the noise

Imagine me at a conference hosted by the good folks at Socialist Alternative. Thoughts of a pastor at the Mustang ranch or a fish on a bicycle  should come to mind. Well, this past Saturday I continued my self-education process by attending a panel discussion sponsored by Public Education Justice. I’m dedicated to consuming world views …