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Dan Brown

November 30, 2011

Four-hour reading tests for third graders: Our brave new world

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Where’s Hunter S. Thompson when you need him? Our national discourse has gone gonzo, hijacked by maniacs. 

I’ve done my best to tune out the cynical cluelessness permeating the Republican primary race, but these guys are actively working to ruin the country. It’s hard to single out only a few howlers, but just this month we’ve seen:

Mitt Romneybrazen distortion and lies about President Obama’s positions

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José Luis Vilson

November 30, 2011

Education’s secret technocracy

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John, Yesterday, I had the opportunity to jump on a panel at Bank Street College with a few education colleagues (including representatives from Hechinger Report and Gotham Schools) about education and the media. Save for a few questions about my blog (see: teacher voice), the general topics at the panel centered around perceptions of teachers [...]

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Dan Brown

November 28, 2011

Dinner conversation with tea partiers: How to fix urban education

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I recently had dinner with a couple who were incredibly smart, friendly, funny… and conservative. They are active members of Tea Party organizations. My politics range from pretty liberal to very liberal, and I gravitate to the like-minded, so our candid conversation hit me as a shock to the system.

Since I’m a teacher and we all have opinions about education, the inevitable, guaranteed, stone-cold-lock cocktail party question was posed to me:

So Dan, what do you think of Michelle Rhee?

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Bill Ferriter

November 27, 2011

Surgeons, singletons and coaching in a PLC

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In a recent New Yorker article, noted surgeon and author Atul Gawande makes an interesting observation: Professional athletes – who are already at the top of their game – almost ALWAYS hire a coach to guide their continued growth yet successful professionals in fields like medicine and education somehow believe that “being coached” is beneath them.

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Dave Orphal

November 27, 2011

Like a fat guy on a fad diet

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So here’s the deal… I’m a fat guy. I’ve always struggled with my weight. As an adult, I’ve been as heavy as 415 pounds and as fit as 235. I’m pretty tall, too (6’3”), so I can often carry a lot of extra weight before I start getting concerned. I’m in one of those rough times right now. At 320 pounds, I know I need to lose weight.

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Dan Brown

November 21, 2011

National board judgement day

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If throughout last Friday you heard guttural screams in the distance, it was probably one of the thousands of National Board Certification applicants attempting unsuccessfully to learn their scores online. Pearson’s servers crashed, making breathless teachers wait an extra 48 hours to discover if they had achieved.

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