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Hack Education The Strike That Didn’t Change New York (Photo by Katrina Ohstrom)I never liked riding the bus as a kid. With its limited possibilities for adult supervision, the school bus was the venue of choice for kicking someone’s ass or exploring the more psychological expressions of adolescent torment. One day a boy my age looked at me defiantly across the aisle and set his jeans on fire. The first time I heard the word “cunt” yelled with real conviction? The Daily News accused drivers of “leaving kids … and forcing their angry parents to drag them to school in taxis or the subway.” The next day, the strike was off — another in a long line of Bloomberg’s victories against organized labor. The walkout left nine out of ten bus routes inoperational, effectively shutting down a critical service overnight. But ultimately it was the bus drivers, not the politicians, who were seen as selfish. It’s inevitable. It’s a conflict faced by everyone whose job it is to look after children. It’s the wrong question.

10 NEW Education Infographics We Love! EduTrends Friday To help us grow our information network, and keep collecting the best content and new ideas for EDUcators, please LIKE US, share on Facebook, Tweet us, and scroll to the end of this post to sign up for alerts; we’ll let you know when new content becomes available. Did you know that Glogster EDU was active on Pinterest? Well we are, and it won’t be a surprise to hear that we’re visual learning types. We LOVE infographics, and working creatively with visual information. So we’ve rounded up 10 of the latest infographics in Education that we think say something important. What are the vital elements of a good infographic for us?

About | DFER Watch About Democrats for Education Reform is a political action committee supported largely by hedge fund managers favoring charter schools, merit-pay tied to test scores, high-stakes testing, school choice (including vouchers and tuition tax credits in some cases), mayoral control, and alternative teacher preparation programs. As Pedro Noguera noted in a recent Nation article: Market-based reforms like performance pay for teachers, the excessive emphasis on charter schools as alternatives to traditional public schools and the distribution of federal funds—once treated as entitlements to compensate for poverty—through competitive grants all represent a disturbing continuity with the policies of the past. NB: I reserve the right to remove offensive and/or inappropriate comments.

An Open Letter to New Teach for America Recruits Dear New TFA Recruits, It is summertime, which for those of you newly accepted into Teach for America, means you are enduring the long hard days of Institute. I congratulate you on being accepted into this prestigious program. You clearly have demonstrated intelligence, passion, and leadership in order to make it this far. And now I am asking you to quit. Exacerbating Inequalities Teach for America likely enticed you into the program with the call for ending education inequality. However, the actual practice of Teach for America does the exact opposite of its noble mission. Many of you no doubt believe you are joining a progressive education justice movement, that is the message TFA sells so well. reform are all very conservative, very anti-progressive ideas. Ask yourself honestly, since when did billionaires, financial giants, or hedge fund managers on Wall St begin to care about the education of poor black and brown children in America? A Broken Model Students Resist Why You Must Say ‘No’

IDEA: Institute for Democratic Education in America Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice One of IDEA's favorite gentlemen, Sam Chaltain, has a freshly published brand new book titled Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice. It's already got some great reviews, and for all the right reasons! Our School is the first book I've... Read More...Posted on Apr 07, 2014 Education Uprising & J4J’s Listening Project YES! Read More...Posted on Mar 14, 2014 Profound Conversation on Impact of ESEA On January 22nd, IDEA held our first "Network Learning Call."

Report: Teachers Want More Time, Resources To Prepare for Common Core Standards & Assessment | News Report: Teachers Want More Time, Resources To Prepare for Common Core While more teachers today feel confident about their ability to teach Common Core State Standards, more than three-quarters of them reported they need more time to find teaching materials and develop lesson plans, according to a new survey of more than 20,000 teachers from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic. The report, Primary Sources: America's Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change, conducted by Harrison Group in July 2013 among 20,157 teachers nationwide, is generally favorable toward Common Core standards and other Gates Foundation priorities, such as teacher evaluations. And, overall, some 73 percent of math and English teachers indicated they believe there are or will be challenges in implementing Common Core. The survey was not focused exclusively on Common Core. Other challenges cited by participants included: The complete report is freely available online.

You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong. (By Charles Rex Arbogast/ AP) You went to school so you think you know what teachers do, right? You are wrong. Here’s a piece explaining all of this from Sarah Blaine, a mom, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her parentingthecore blog, where this first appeared. By Sarah Blaine We all know what teachers do, right? So we know teachers. We know. Teaching as a profession has no mystery. We were students, and therefore we know teachers. We are wrong. We need to honor teachers. Most of all, we need to stop thinking that we know anything about teaching merely by virtue of having once been students. We don’t know. I spent a little over a year earning a master of arts in teaching degree. I didn’t stay. I passed the bar. I worked hard in my first year of practicing law. But I continued to practice. New teachers take on full responsibility the day they set foot in their first classrooms. You did not design lessons that succeeded. You did not.

How education reform drives gentrification Stephanie Yao Long/The Oregonian/Landov Public school teachers in Portland, Ore., and their students are doing a victory lap. Nearly a year after unveiling a contract proposal that would have put the squeeze on the 2,900-member Portland Association of Teachers (PAT), the Portland School Board on March 3 approved a contract that acceded to virtually every demand from the teachers’ union. The board was acting as a stalking horse for corporate attacks on unions and public education nationwide. Only after 98 percent of the PAT voted to strike starting Feb. 20 — and students vowed to join the picket line — did the board blink. The deal is a big victory for the teachers’ union in a state where business interests, led by the Portland Business Alliance, call the shots on education policy. Most significant, the teachers helped expose the role of education reform in gentrifying the city, making it nearly impossible for every neighborhood to have a strong school. Test scores by ZIP code

Getting A Job Is Not The Purpose Of School The Purpose Of School by Terry Heick The idea of “work” is present in most modern educational discussion almost entirely under the terms “career readiness.” This itself is an interesting failure, as it implies that the purpose of schooling is to prepare a person for “a job.” And to many, this is head-slapping obvious, following the familiar pattern of going to school, getting a job, and paying the rent. What we call “being an adult.” On a practical level, this is true; life is about survival, and survival requires work. School vs Learning By calling it “school” (rather than learning), and “a job” (rather than work), we’re unwittingly creating a tone of drudgery and compliance that centers the institutions and their processes (grades, academic success and performance), and de-centers the end result (skills–>understanding–>creativity–>wisdom). Learning: Education:: Work: Job And because we’ve all had jobs that sucked, it’s easy to shrug it off as a necessary evil in life, but it’s not.

‘If only American teachers were smarter…’ ( Jonathon Rosen for The Washington Post ) Teachers. In this school reform era, they have been targeted as “the” problem for failing schools. Are they? By Jack Schneider If only American teachers were smarter. There’s a kind of logic to this argument. The proposed solution, then, is to recruit teachers with better grades from more prestigious schools. If only it were so simple. If assertions about the poor academic preparation of American teachers were accurate, the policy fix would be easy. Adequately educated though they may be, we could still work to select teachers from a more elite slice of college graduates. Yet consider the challenge of such a proposition. The first problem is scale. The second obvious problem is that of pay. But even if the costs were lower, there would still be cause for skepticism. It is not unreasonable to think that if a teacher with a B average from a good college is sufficient, a teacher with an A average from the Ivy League must be better.

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