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Detroit: Teachers Want to Be Paid for Working

The absolute gall of city officials, who get their paychecks, calling the teachers “selfish” because they want to be paid for their work, is unbelievable.

Diane Ravitch's blog

A bizarre story from Detroit. Teachers are holding a “sick-out” to protest the fact that they won’t be paid for working. They have been told that they should return to work it there is no guarantee that they will be paid. The teachers have mortgages, rent, normal expenses. They don’t understand why they should be expected to work without pay. City officials, who do get paid, say the teachers are selfish.

Teachers are not volunteers. Why doesn’t the state of Michigan take responsibility for funding the schools?

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Man, would GW ever be surprised…

Go Comics

Go Comics

No, wait, he said “popular” government — that certainly lets us off the hook!

 

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Short Term Versus Long Term

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Ninja Woman! Or Maybe Kung Fu Woman!

I hope this creep learns to stop trying to harass women, whether in an elevator, or anywhere else.

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Wanna play one card pick up?

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Washington Post

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The Resemblance Is Striking

"Hot Stuff" (Mark Streeter/Savannah Morning News)

“Hot Stuff” (Mark Streeter/Savannah Morning News)

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Happy Easter to All Fellow Eastern Orthodox!

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(Or, as we call it, Pascha. Yeh, our calendar is different.)

Here is a recipe for the traditional Greek Easter bread, tsoureki.

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Something else to think about…

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Co-opting the Language of Authentic Education: The Competency Based Education Cuckoo

Yes, indeed, just as the cuckoos are parasites on other birds, the stealth assessments are parasites on real students, real education, real teachers. Same with the Common Core and the rest of the required standardized testing mantras.
If they can’t get achieve their goals one way, they will use another.
And make no mistake about it, their goals are not to improve education for all children. Their goals are to enrich EduBusiness and produce unquestioning, compliant cogs in the corporate machine.

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Cuckoo!

Cuckoo!

Such is the incessant cry of the hour from one of the most popular souvenirs of the black forest of Germany – the cuckoo clock.

Time is demarcated by the chirp of an 18th century animatronic bird jumping forward, moving a wing or even opening its beak before making its distinctive cry.

However, in nature the cuckoo has a more sinister reputation.

It’s one of the most common brood parasites.

Instead of investing all the time and energy necessary to raise its own young, many varieties of cuckoo sneak their eggs into the nests of other birds. When the baby cuckoos hatch, they demand an increasing amount of their clueless foster parents’ care often resulting in neglect of the birds’ own children.

Parental care is co-opted. The love and affection natural to raise parent birds’ own children are diverted to another source. And the more…

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Just a thought…

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Daily Kos

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Science? What Science?

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Why not? She’s the best Republican running…

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Andrew Cuomo – Still Petty and Destructive

Daniel Katz, Ph.D.

When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his 2016 budget address, he sounded like a changed man.  Less that 4% of his speech was dedicated to P-12 education compared to over 20% of his 2015 budget address where he detailed a brutal agenda to make student test scores 50% of teachers’ evaluations and calling the existing teacher evaluation system, which he had previously championed, “baloney” solely because it failed to find more teachers incompetent.  Governor Cuomo charged hard at this agenda, ramming it through the budget process, but then he took a beating in public opinion polling and set off the largest opt out movement in the nation.  After months of various agencies and entities trying to walk back the harshest measures of the 2015 budget bill, Governor Cuomo’s 2016 speech in Albany presented a far less ambitious P-12 education agenda, highlighting only light concessions he had made…

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