Appointed and elected officials related to education have some important characteristics in common. Consider U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and South Carolina Superintendent of Education Mick Zais.
Neither have experience or education in the field of K-12 education, despite their primary responsibilities being related to K-12 education.
And because of their appointed (Duncan) or elected (Zais) position, they have a primary and nearly unchallenged voice in both the narratives about education and the policies implemented in public schools.
As well, since they have that access, Duncan and Zais often conduct tours and speeches promoted as informational or celebratory, but always use those masks to achieve something quite different: driving a set of ideologies and narratives that are mostly misinformation.
Superintendent Zais has been touring SC under the guise of celebrating successful schools in the state, but at each stop, he, instead, offers passive-aggressive and unsubstantiated claims directed less…
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After posting What’s Wrong with Teacher Education?, I received comments and responses that are fairly represented in the comments at the original post from Peter Smyth and psmagorinsky (Peter Smagorinsky). For full disclosure, these two Peters are acquaintances that I respect a great deal, and thus, take their comments quite seriously.
To Peter Smyth’s concern (voiced by a few others offering feedback), I can clarify that my original post is a rejection of certification and a call for the need for rich and deep education degrees; thus, my argument in no way endorses Teach for America or other alternative certification programs that inherently avoid and marginalize education degrees (which are in fact the antithesis of my argument).
Peter Smagorinsky’s comment—notably “At the same time, I think that if we are constructed as being against being accountable for our teaching, we not only lose the PR battle…
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Many years ago, back when my father spent most of his days working in the photography business he and my mother owned and operated (the kids still just call it “The Studio”), one of the package printers stopped working. Continue reading
What is a photograph and better yet what is a photographer? These terms have become very hard to define lately. For the last 200 years or so photography has been a beautiful and unique medium defined by its ability to portray a reality as seen through the photographers eyes. To be a photographer meant that you used a camera to capture a subject and then made a print, end of story. It was honest and simple but tragically those days are over. In the last few decades the advent and easy access to digital manipulating software has bred a new generation of image makers who rely heavily or fully on software to produce their artwork. This has resulted in the creation of a new artistic medium, digital-art, which for some reason has been recklessly grouped in with photography. Photography has now become a free for all genre of art with…
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Push for Preschool Becomes a Bipartisan Cause Outside Washington
RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA,MOTOKO RICH | The New York Times | The New York Times – Mon Feb 3 20:12:50 UTC 2014
Once a mostly Democratic cause, government-funded preschool has been embraced by both parties outside Washington, with Republican governors pushing some of the biggest increases in preschool spending.
Hard Times at Howard U.
CHARLAYNE HUNTER-GAULT | The New York Times | The New York Times – Tuesday, February 04, 2014
A premier black college has been rocked by the economy, infighting and a changing demographic landscape.