Blagojevich and education's sad reality

I'm somewhat ashamed to admit this, but I am a Reality TV junkie.  Plain and simple. As addicted as they come. Jersey Shore is my morning chaser,…


9 Minutes

ESEA Blueprint: Grand design or tunnel vision?

I've been asked on several fronts for my reaction to the Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)…


10 Minutes

Dear teacher: Thanks for all the test prep...

Dear Teacher,  I just want to take a moment to thank you for all that you did for me when I was in your class. Now that I’m out of high school, I…


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New slide: Is school relevant?

I started reading Seth Godin's Linchpin last week and while Seth's primary audience is likely to be corporate types trying to survive and advance in…


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Inside a great elementary school: A talk with Dayle Timmons

Twelve years ago, Chets Creek Elementary School joined the then-popular systemic reform initiative called "America's Choice" — with the goal to turn…


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Teaching the iGeneration. . .

Regular readers have probably noticed a bit of a slow-down in the rhythm of the Radical recently.  Typically known for a Sunday-Wednesday posting…


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Twitter as a tool for professional development

Painful note to educational leaders:  As a career teacher, I rarely learn anything useful in professional development sessions simply because the…


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The ideology of college

The second part of the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, focusing on student achievement, is out, and it’s a compelling read. Most notably for…


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NCAA tourney--book geek style!

March is a beautiful month for us sports fans, right?  I mean when you eat and breathe basketball, what could be better than curling up on the couch…


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The teacherpreneur. . .

An interesting email landed in my inbox this week from Amanda Gladin-Kramer, a policy associate at the Center for Teaching Quality.  Committed to…


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