It’s hard to believe that a video like this was conceived, commissioned, produced, and watched. But it was. It’s also hard to believe that many of its portrayals of teachers and teaching thrive today.
A proposed Mexican-American studies textbook for Texas high school students is written by authors with no expertise in Mexican-American studies, contains large sections that have little to do with Mexican-American history and includes language that depicts Mexicans as lazy, opponents of the book say. Read the rest @ The Washington Post
Educational Testing Service located 362 missing answer sheets in a warehouse, but anxious students are still awaiting their scores. Read the rest @ The Washington Post
Dead Prez’s anti-education anthem still resonates with many students, especially marginalized students who don’t experience in school reflections of their own cultures. The video is said to have been banned from television. Note: Some viewers may find images in the video troubling.
The term “classroom management” irks many educators. The two-word phrase ignores the heart and soul of teaching: it’s not about classrooms but children; it’s not about management, but relationships. Still, for new teachers who struggle to establish classroom culture early on, the realities of “managing” a class can feel really real. As you watch this video, consider what assumptions about the relationships between teachers and students are still very much alive today–and why.
I got a good grade on it, and below the grade Mr. Criche wrote, “Sure hope you become a writer.” That was it. Just those six words, written in his signature handwriting — a bit shaky, but with a very steady baseline. It was the first time he or anyone had indicated in any way that writing was a career option for me. We’d never had any writers in our family line, and we didn’t…
I never yet saw that father, but let his son be never so decrepit or deformed, would not, notwithstanding, own him: not, nevertheless, if he were not totally besotted, and blinded with his paternal affection, that he did not well enough discern his defects; but that with all defaults he was still his. Just so, I see better than any other, that all I write here are but the idle reveries of a man that…
In light of recent events, the New York Public Library has put together this list of essential reads on the experiences of Black Americans. Timely and thoughtful, the age-old institution continues to be unafraid to adapt and respond to the needs of our times. (If you haven’t checked out their Digital Collections, it’s a must.) Check out their complete list at the NYPL Website.
The Chicago-based program Becoming A Man is the type that allows rival gang members to sit together, just days after one group killed a member of the other, and calmly talk about their issues, according to John Wolf, senior manager of the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab. “The kids weren’t saying whether or not they specifically knew who did it. But you had these two groups of people — where they knew someone from their…
In an unexpected move, Democrats have revised the K-12 education section of their party’s 2016 platform in important ways, backing the right of parents to opt their children out of high-stakes standardized tests, qualifying support for charter schools, and opposing using test scores for high-stakes purposes to evaluate teachers and students. Read the rest @ Democrats make education revisions to 2016 platform — and a key reformer is furious – The Washington Post
Brooklyn high school students have unique opportunity to confront Caitlyn Jenner about the challenges youth face understanding gender, in their own lives and the lives of others. The result is real dialogue, or at least the beginning of one.
To reiterate, the problem isn’t simply that schools are spending billions of taxpayer dollars on technology. That is, the problem is not simply that there are businesses that sell products to schools; businesses have always sold products to schools. The problem is that we don’t really examine the ideologies that accompany these technologies. Read the rest @ Ed-Tech and the Commercialization of School
Dr. Chris Emdin explores what teachers can learn from trips to church and hip-hop performances. Emdin takes his talk to greater depths in his bestselling book, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education.
Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2” from 1982 puts a short film to the anti-school anthem. It is a commentary perfectly paired with Dicken’s opening chapter to Hard Times. [via students from Pace University’s School of Education. Thanks, Group H.]
Narrated by a police officer, the film was produced as a collaboration between local law enforcement and Inglewood School District on the dangers of homosexuality. It contains the quote, “What Jimmy didn’t know was that Ralph was sick. A sickness that was not visible like smallpox, but no less dangerous and contagious–a sickness of the mind. You see, Ralph was a homosexual.” It’s not always clear how far we’ve come since the film, “Boys Beware,” debuted…