The headline, which reads: “Rotten Apples: It’s Nearly Impossible to Fire a Bad Teacher. Some Tech Millionaires May Have Found a Way to Change,” will “blame teachers for the problems in America’s schools,” said the pledge on ATF.org. “Time’s cover doesn’t even reflect its own reporting,” the site said. “The Time article itself looks at the wealthy sponsors of these efforts. And while it looks critically at tenure, it also questions the testing industry’s connections to Silicon Valley and the motives of these players. The cover is particularly disappointing because the articles inside the magazine present a much more balanced view of the issue. But for millions of Americans, all they’ll see is the cover and a misleading attack on teachers.” AFT finished with this statement: “TIME: apologize to America’s teachers for the misleading and hyperbolic attack on your November 3 cover.”
This month is National Bullying Prevention Month, so we’re reblogging our YA book list from last October, a collection of novels in which the characters deal with bullying (or, in a few cases, are the bullies themselves).
And more books have debuted since we originally created this list, so don’t forget about these:
Mathias “Spider” Schergen at work in his home art studio. Elissa Nadworny/NPR
Schergen teaching his sixth-graders at Jenner Elementary Academy of the Arts in Chicago. Elissa Nadworny/NPR
Patterned Shoes, one of Spider’s works-in-progress, features shoes he found near his house. Elissa Nadworny/NPR
Where do teachers go when the 3 p.m. bell rings?
When you’re a kid, you don’t really think they go anywhere. Except home, maybe, to grade papers and plan lessons and think up pop quizzes.
But of course teachers go off and do all sorts of things: They write books and run for office and start businesses and so much more.
Today we begin our new project, The Secret Lives of Teachers, to collect the stories of teachers’ lives after the students leave for the day.
Tell us about the Secret Lives of Teachers – share your own story or tell us about a teacher you know. You can tag your stories on social media with #secretteachers or drop an email to NPREd@npr.org.
Caption: For Mathias “Spider” Schergen, his Secret Life plays out in a one-car garage out back of his house in Southwest Chicago.
He turned it into a studio, a crowded place full of lumber and wood and paint and scrap metal and odd things like shoes and fabric. Stuff that he fashions into art.
Photo credit: Elissa Nadworny/NPR
Illustration credit: LA Johnson/NPR
US colleges are paying their presidents like CEOs and treating students like customers, using their tuition to foot the bill.
I have a coworker with a student who can’t watch the Fiennes version due to rating.
Theme Chosen by Medievalpoc Patrons: Fiction Week!
Starting this Monday 10/6/14, Medievalpoc will be posting awesome fiction featuring diverse characters and stories, including Historical Fiction and Fantasy, Dystopian Lit, Steampunk and Sci Fi, from graphic novels to classic literature!
Previous Fiction Week posts.
A Colorado school district has come under fire for trying to change its history curriculum — and its own students have schooled it on what real American history is.
Earlier this month, the school district of Jefferson County, Colo. — the second-largest district in the state — announced it was considering a change to the Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum to “promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights” and not “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strike or disregard of the law.”
If the proposal passes, the district’s conservative-majority school board would establish a committee to review textbooks and other classroom materials to see if they meet this new criteria. In other words, any textbook that didn’t seem “patriotic enough” (an aggressively arbitrary and potentially very dangerous label) would be cut.
For young women of color, progress has been painfully slow, says a new report from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Women’s Law Center. The report argues that gender and racial stereotypes — combined with unequal distribution of school resources and overly punitive disciplinary practices, among other factors — have created a climate where African-American girls are more likely than any other group of girls to be suspended, expelled or held back entirely.
The report shows that African-American girls are doing worse than the national average for girls on almost every measure of academic achievement. Globally, the United Nations has warned that gender inequality in education wastes vital human capital and stifles economic growth. As one of its Millennium Development Goals, the U.N. set an ambitious objective of eliminating the gender gap in education at all levels by 2015.
Congratulations to all the authors and books longlisted for the National Book Award, including the following diverse titles:
- Gail Giles, Girls Like Us (Candlewick Press)
- Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights (Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan Publishers)
- Eliot Schrefer, Threatened (Scholastic Press)
- Andrew Smith, 100 Sideways Miles (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster)
- Deborah Wiles, Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two (Scholastic Press)
- Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Group (USA))
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