Monthly Archives: October 2013

I was spanked and I’m fine…

My mother had a special spanking spatula. It was mostly used on mornings when we would not or could not leave the sweetness of our warm beds and come down to the kitchen for breakfast, and it was used mostly … Continue reading

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Our Kids, Under Constant Surveillance?

oh oh this is a brain numbing report Our Kids, Under Constant Surveillance?. –Please share your thoughts. Comments are looked forward to.

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A Horror Comedy: Teach For America Rises to Power

A Horror Comedy: Teach For America Rises to Power. This article is an eye opener. The author has done much research and analysis. When Teach For America first came on the scene, so many of us thought it was a … Continue reading

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Here Come the Bad Ass Teachers

Ultimately ..it is people who make schools that can change the world This education catastrophe is real and is afflicting students, families and educators all over the country. The public sector is the most radically afflicted but the reverberations and … Continue reading

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Out Out Damned Spot..or…report from the frontline..

I have been following Diane Ravitch’s blog the past few days. http://dianeravitch.net/2013/10/27/new-york-principal-sounds-off-at-first-of-kings-new-listening-tours/ She has been on the frontline, speaking out about the folly of Charter School syndrome and brutal inequalities in education. Her recent book, “Reign of Error” is instigating … Continue reading

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NY Principal: These “Reforms” Destroy Love of Learning

“Every week, at least two of our children have meltdowns over the developmentally inappropriate homework assignments, the poorly worded questions, the amount of homework that comes home, repetitive and inane assignments, etc.” read more here NY Principal: These “Reforms” Destroy … Continue reading

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vermont’s got it all, beauty, brains, and the middle school dilemma

Here comes that consistent theme about community once again. Diane Ravitch has just told the world that Vermont is the best education state. Not only is the place heartachingly beautiful, particularly in the Fall…but Vermont is getting high marks for … Continue reading

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the best school

This is King. King is my brother’s horse. My brother loves horses, the mountains, a good single malt scotch, most people…..and kids. There are a few groundbreaking schools that put horses together with people to build inter-species relationships and to … Continue reading

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halloween

  ……. A letter to parents from awhile back, about Halloween Images……… Halloween is upon us, as are all the images, sounds and feelings that walk hand in hand with this tradition.  Halloween gives us a chance to examine our fears, and it … Continue reading

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Safe, Seen and Respected

Schools that can change the world have to be places where people can feel safe, seen and respected. In essence, the schools provide the space so people can do the work. Teachers nurture, facilitate, guide, challenge and support the work. … Continue reading

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