Don't Change Your Mind Even if You're Wrong
I saved this cartoon because it reminded me of the US DOE and state governments continuing to urge (force) "reforms" which don't work...for example, charter schools aren't better than traditional public schools and closing schools doesn't help student achievement (see the section on Myths and Hoaxes below). However, it takes on new meaning when one thinks about the current events in Washington D.C.
Reading is Reading
I like e-books. I like paper books. Reading is reading...
And all reading is reading – no matter the format. We should not be textist about format, or length of work, or the context of the reading. Reading something for young children filled with pictures and sounds is just as valued as reading a university thesis...Reading a book in a digital format on my computer, tablet, or phone, or indeed listening to one through my iPod, Mp3, car stereo, or home stereo, is just as valued as holding that paper-bound version in my hands and inhaling the sweet smell of print and glue.
The best way to improve reading...for anyone...
Hoaxes and Myths
- Public Schools are failing.
- Tests hold teachers and schools accountable.
- Competition in the form of private schools and charter schools will help all schools improve.
- Firing bad teachers will prevent schools from failing.
- Closing schools will mean that students will go to better schools.
- Closing schools will save our district money.
- Anyone can teach.
- You don't need special training to be a teacher.
Does America care about her children?
...doesn't always mean equal.
All who envision a more just, progressive and fair society cannot ignore the battle for our nation’s educational future. Principals fighting for better schools, teachers fighting for better classrooms, students fighting for greater opportunities, parents fighting for a future worthy of their child’s promise: their fight is our fight. We must all join in.
Stop the Testing Insanity!