“It seems to me,” said Booker T., “That all you folks have missed the boat Who shout about the right to vote, And spend vain days and sleepless nights In uproar over civil rights. Just keep your mouths shut, do not grouse, But work, and save, and buy a house.” from “Booker T. and W.E.B.” … Continue reading Booker T., W.E.B., and the School Choice Movement
Teachers have long been listed as part of what is called the “professional class.” Similar to the “middle class,” the professional class is the long time standard-bearer of capitalistic virtues and is often defined in contrast to both the upper or ruling class and the lower or working class. The shrinking demographic of the professional … Continue reading The New Working Class Teacher
Kids these days with their screens and their Snaps. Kids these days with their hoodies and their tight pants. Kids these days with their short attention span and their potty mouths. Kids these days with their constant questioning of authority. Kids these days with their hostile rejection of polite society. Back in the day, when … Continue reading Kids These Days
Public schools are the shit! Ask any fourth grader. “What do you think of your school, Timmy?” “My school’s the shit!” “Does your teacher let you talk that way, Timmy?” “Of course not! I just really want you to know how important my school is to me.” And there are over three million fourth graders … Continue reading Public Schools Are the Shit!
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At 8 p.m. EST on September 08, 2017, all four major television networks simulcast “XQ Super School Live,” a celebrity-filled stage show reminiscent of MTV’s recent Video Music Awards. Here is a primer on the event from The Washington Post. Here are the reflections of Steven Singer, the classroom authority on corporate education reform schemes. … Continue reading Seven Times “XQ Super School Live” Denigrated America’s Teachers (And One Time It Praised Them)
Those who can’t, Teach. For example, Those who can’t sit alone at a desk all day, Whose energy demands movement and interaction, Teach. Those who can’t abide platitudes like, “kids these days,” Who take the time to know every young person, Teach. Those who can’t be satisfied with a job or even a career, Whose … Continue reading Those Who Can’t
(The following is a parody of the Bob Dylan song “Masters of War” written especially for Oklahoma Republican Legislators. You can find the original lyrics here. Enjoy!) Come you masters of law, You that cut the big deals. Are you really that evil? Or just asleep at the wheel? How was your evening When you … Continue reading “Masters of Law”
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos grew up in the Dutch Reformed community of Holland, Michigan. Mother Jones describes this idyllic town in a recent essay titled, “Betsy DeVos Wants to Use America’s Schools to Build ‘God’s Kingdom.’” In short, the low crime rate and well-manicured lawns of Holland, Michigan are no accident. DeVos’ … Continue reading The Misguided Theology of Betsy DeVos
Pete Seeger and his banjo made these words semi famous, but it was Florence Reece who wrote the words to the song, “Which Side Are You On,” in 1931 on a calendar in her kitchen after being harassed in her home by Sheriff J.H. Blair of Harlan County, Kentucky. Blair was attempting to intimidate Reece … Continue reading Which Side Are You On?