CNN: Why a Teacher in Oklahoma is Begging for Money on the Highway

Reblogged from Diane Ravitch’s blog

What’s wrong with this picture?

Teresa Danks has been teaching since 1996. She teaches first grade. She has a master’s degree.

Why is she standing by a busy road in Tulsa begging for money?

Watch the 54-second video.

Then send it to Bill Gates, The Walton Family Foundation, Eli Broad, Mark Zuckerberg or Priscilla Chan, Michael Bloomberg, or Betsy DeVos with your ideas about how to improve education.

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General Membership Meeting

There will be a General Membership meeting on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 10 A.M. in the high school library.

Our tentative contract agreement will be presented at this time.

Voting instructions will be given at the meeting.

Peer Tutoring: When is it Student Exploitation?


How much should children help each other learn? Peer tutoring, or peer-assisted learning, is trendy. Search the literature and it’s all over the place, although much of the research involves peer tutoring in higher education.

When does peer tutoring cross the line?

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Get Answers to Your Pension Questions

Reblogged from

The new law that changes the state’s retirement system for school employees (PA 92), passed in June and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in July, will affect new hires for the most part. But provisions for buying service credit will change for everyone.

There’s still a little bit of time left to purchase service credit under the old rules. Learn more about the service credit changes in this MEA explainer.

In addition to adding service credit information to the MEA website, we’ve updated our overall 
analysis of the legislation and included a Frequently Asked Questions section at the end – answering key queries we’ve received since the bill’s passage.There’s still a little bit of time left to purchase service credit under the old rules. Learn more about the service credit changes in this MEA explainer.

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Middle School Suicides Double As Common Core Testing Intensifies


Here’s a high stakes testing statistic you won’t hear bandied about on the news.

The suicide rate among 10- to 14-year-olds doubled between 2007 and 2014 – the same period in which states have increasingly adopted Common Core standards and new, more rigorous high stakes tests.

For the first time, suicide surpassed car crashes as a leading cause of death for middle school children.

In 2014, the last year for which data was available, 425 middle schoolers nationwide took their own lives.

To be fair, researchers, educators and psychologists say several factors are responsible for the spike, however, pressure from standardized testing is high on the list.

In fact, it is a hallmark of other nations where children perform better on these tests than our own.

In our efforts to emulate these countries, we’ve inadvertently imported their child suicide problem.

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Teaching and Purpose: A Response to Bill Gates and his Purpose Problem


I recently ran across Bill Gates’s blog. He was reviewing Yuval Noah Harari’s book Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. The title of his post was, “The Purpose Problem: What if People Run Out of Things to Do?”

Gates ironically reflects on what it means to have purpose in one’s life.

I say ironically, because many blame Bill Gates for the current push to replace teachers in our public schools with technology—calling it personalized or competency-based learning.

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