Textbooks: The Bad, the Worse, the Politics

If you haven’t been keeping up, since President Obama’s re-election, Republicans have morphed into a bunch of embittered, whiny, cranky crybabies. Mitt Romney, blaming his loss on Obama “gifts” to special groups. Paul Ryan, blowing dog-whistle about the large turnout of the “urban vote.” And then there’s the pièce de résistance, Peter Morrison.

This little-known Tea Party wacknut in Texas is demanding “an ‘amicable divorce’ from…the ‘maggots’” who voted for Obama.… [Read more]

Up the Union

“Those who would destroy or further limit the rights of organized labor – Those who would cripple collective bargaining or prevent organization of the unorganized – do a disservice to the cause of democracy.” -J.F.K

I’ve been thinking a lot about all the union talk that this post and this post generated. My twitter stream erupted in smart (and some not so smart) discussion about teacher intent, motivation, attitude and rights as workers.… [Read more]

The Job of Teaching

Last week a student asked me, “Is teaching hard?”

My answer? Sometimes.

“What do you do?” she inquired.

I really didn’t have the time in class to explain it all (although I did invite the student to come check out my lesson plans and To Do list sometime), but  it made me think: I am not sure many people know what teachers “do” every day.… [Read more]

Politics Aside: I Am a Teacher

I know that by and large this is a website about politics and current event issues.

And I know that when I talk about education here it’s about policies and politics and all that jazz.

With the start of school being here, I suppose it’s expected that I have something to say about the whole thing.… [Read more]

Ryan Gets a Failing Grade in Education

Oh boy.

Here we go.

Instead of choosing someone to offset his conservative views, Romney chose someone who is totally as conservative as he is.

Also? It seems as if Paul Ryan would like to see public education privatized as much as the next rich white dude.

Get the rich richer and get rid of that pesky middle class, right?… [Read more]

Must Be Nice…

The #1 response I get when I tell people I am a teacher is, “It must be nice.  You get your summers off.”

And that is from polite people.

Less socially tactful people (like my grandpa) tend to lean more toward this response: “It must be nice to work only 9 months of the year.”

After 10 years in the biz, I now just reply with “yup.” or when I am feeling sassy with “that would be nice!”

But it used to make me hopping mad.… [Read more]

No Free Speech In School

A high school Biology class is learning about genetics and cell research.  The class has already covered the memorization parts about terms and procedures, and have done punnett squares and other problems to be able to apply their new knowledge.

Their teacher has now had them read articles about bioethics in regard to patient consent in “donating” cells. … [Read more]