CURMUDGUCATION: The Other Unfunded Mandates

Talk to teachers– or former teachers– across the country, and you hear similar complaints. An increase of job responsibilities, without the necessary time or resources to complete them. When we talk about unfunded mandates, we usually mean some program for which the government has said, “You must do this, but we will not give you any money to pay for it.” But it is another kind of unfunded mandate when a school says to a teacher, “You are being given new tasks to complete, but we expect you to donate the time to do them on your own.”

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‘Schools of the Future’ And Other Scams to Monetize Your Child | gadflyonthewallblog

Do you feel it?

The future is coming.

There it is hovering just over the horizon.

You squint your eyes trying to get a quick peak before it arrives. But that rarely works. By the time it’s here, it’s never quite in the shape you expected.

Yet we always stop and listen to the prophets and prognosticators. Those google eyed figures, wearing trench coats and sandwich boards standing proudly on milk crates and cracking open their mouths to vociferously voice their “visions.”

They smell like B.O. There are insects in their hair. And their mouths spray halitosis as much as haloes.

Under normal circumstances, we wouldn’t trust them to park our cars, to give us directions, to do just about anything. But when it comes to “The Future” somehow we swallow their swill with conviction.

Through sheer force of charisma they convince us that their predictions will come to pass and if we’re smart we’ll invest in their brand of patented polished snake oil.

So we’ll be ready.

Just once I wish people would heed the skepticisms of the doubting Cassandras. But so it goes.

This week it’s “Schools of the Future.”

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“Personalized Learning” is NOT Working for High School Students

Backed by major philanthropists and investors such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, the ed-tech industry has aggressively pushed the idea of “personalized learning.” But on the ground, the concept remains nebulous, and research evidence remains thin

.~Benjamin Herold. Education Week, September 21, 2017

Will students graduate high school with what they need to go on to college or to achieve a fulfilling career? That’s what every parent wonders and worries about.

Now parents have the added concern of questioning if personalized learning used in their student’s high school is providing adequate preparation.

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Michigan: A Textbook Example of How NOT to Reform Schools | Diane Ravitch’s blog

Martin Levine, writing in the Nonprofit Quarterly, explains that the example of Michigan is strong evidence that Betsy DeVos’ plans to impose choice will harm education.

Before launching a huge new initiative, it is important to have trials and see how things work out. That is why the Common Core failed. Its advocates were so eager to shove it into every state that they couldn’t take the time to see how it worked in reality, in real classrooms with real teachers and real students. They didn’t have time for…

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Anniversary of the Ida Teacher Strike

Twenty-seven years ago today, Ida teachers went on strike. This was the last teacher strike in Monroe County.

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria: The Air Force Academy boss whose racism speech went viral – The Washington Post

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria had an important message for U.S. Air Force Academy cadets at a moment of crisis.

Five black cadet candidates at the academy’s preparatory school in Colorado Springs had found racial slurs written on the message boards on their doors.

Silveria, who took over as the school’s superintendent in August, urged cadets to reach for their phones.

“I want you to videotape this so you have it, so you can use it — so that we all have the moral courage together,”…

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