After a student made abusive comments about her on Twitter, a high school teacher in northern Mexico confronted the girl in class and video of that went viral online, CNN reports. The teacher is on administrative leave and the 17-year-old student was briefly suspended after the incident. "My family saw it and now you're going to apologize in front of these cameras," teacher Idalia Hernandez told the student, who had called her several ugly names on the social media service. "Listen to me well: I will not allow anyone to call me that, especially a young brat like you and you."
Once in a while, we allow ourselves to talk pop culture. So this is intriguing: Netflix Original Television centered on "street-level superheroes." (This means we can't talk about any character with star-spanning superpowers, or even simple flight perhaps.) Sadly, Arrow is not very good. But that wasn't made by Netflix, so with a different creative team...
"The New York State Education Department, responding to concerns that standardized exams in reading and math have become excessive and unwieldy, will seek to ease the burden of testing."
I have friends who teach in NY. They have always been bugged, many of them, by the high-stakes Regents. And they've been up in arms over the testing regimens attached to Common Core. (Reread that: the testing regimen attached to Common Core.)
It behooves any citizen who wants to complain about Common Core to read the standards and point to specific issues.
If said citizen, or some other citizen, wants to complain about high-stakes testing or standardized testing in general, I'm right there next to them. However, said person better have always had problems with such testing; otherwise, said person is a hypocrite. We've been dealing with high-stakes testing for at least a dozen years. (It's a bit like complaining about drone strikes only after Barack Obama started using them.) read more
Catherine Michna: For the past nine years, I've been an instructor, a Ph.D. student, adjunct professor and post-doctoral fellow in humanities departments at several different universities. During this time, many students have asked me to write recommendations for Teach for America. My students generally have little to no experience or training as teachers, but they are lured by TFA's promises that they can help close the education gap for children in low-income communities. For humanities majors, TFA is a clear path to a job that both pays a living wage and provides a stepping stone to leadership positions in a cause of national importance. I understand why my students find so much hope in TFA. I empathize with them. In fact, I'm a former Teach for America corps member myself. But unless they are education majors, and most of them aren't, I no longer write Teach for America letters of recommendation for my students. I urge my higher-ed colleagues to do the same. read more
Since 2000, Anna Allanbrook has been the principal of Public School 146 in Brooklyn, one of the highest achieving elementary schools in New York City. It is so popular that each year she holds an admissions lottery -- last spring, 1,538 children applied for 175 slots. In a letter to parents in April she criticized the newly developed tests as too hard, too confusing and too long. She believes it is her job is to shield students, teachers and parents from the state's ever-expanding standardized testing system and to question its reliability publicly. "As a senior principal I feel a duty to speak honestly about what's going on," she said. "By my age, my position is relatively safe; I feel like I've learned a lot and should express what younger principals and teachers are too scared to say."