MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell Weighs in on Matt Damon, Teacher Comp. & Reason's Politics. At Least He Gets His Own Name Right.Reason.tv's video featuring Matt Damon from Saturday's "Save Our Schools" rally is making the rounds.
This is hysterical: Damon: There's an answer [about how it's not impossible to fire a tenured teacher] from an expert [Damon's mother, a college professor of education who really is an expert ] who says that that's not true, and you're not absorbing that information. Reason "Reporter": OK, I was in school... she was a teacher, I was in school, so I know...
Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 08/24/2011 Aug 24, 2011 06:08 PM EDT
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How teachers would reform schools About 5,000 people joined in the Save Our Schools March One former teacher says she was told to cater to tests, not to students' needs The U.S. Education Department: We all must "get much better, much faster"
Y ou’ve got to be wondering what a teacher like me is doing marching against the “reform” trends. For those of you unfamiliar with my background, I graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Syracuse University. A year later, after 6-8 months of unemployment and a stint as a data entry person at an educational database firm, I went into the NYC Teaching Fellows program, an offshoot of Michelle Rhee’s New Teacher Project.
Tap. Tap. “No testing, no testing, 1-2-3.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite 95-degree heat and high humidity, an estimated crowd of 3,000 to 5,000 descended onto the National Mall and later marched to the White House as part of the Save Our Schools and National Call to Action , urging President Obama and Congress to roll back No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top policy initiatives. The audience, mostly teachers representing states from all over the U.S., listened on as leading education reformers like Linda Darling-Hammond, former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and professor Diane Ravitch and film star Matt Damon condemned the high-stakes testing they say are inimical to public education.
I went to the Save Our Schools March --500 miles, a few Guinnesses, and many smiles later, I have the obligatory report.
These are random thoughts I have as I leave the SOS March and Congress in DC to head to Philly for a weeklong seminar on teacher leadership:
This past Saturday I attended the Save our Schools ( SOS ) March in DC .
Today, my perspective (as well as those of Sabrina Stevens Shupe and Amy Valens) on the SOS March & National Call to Action was featured in a CNN.com article by Sam Chaltain.
The kid in the back wants me to define "logic."
Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/03/2011