Just received a very lovely review from Donovan’s Bookshelf: Yo Miz! combines the tone of a memoir with serious (and, at times, unexpectedly comic) observations from an unconventional teacher who moves from her home school to teach at 25 Manhattan public high schools in one year, and charts not only Rose’s growth as an […]
Dr. Carole Lieberman, host of “Dr. Carole’s Couch” interviewed me about the book for her radio show. She asked some very provocative questions, including the toughest one yet, “Why do some of our public schools get to screen for top students and have so many more resources than others?” The full show is here. Dr. […]
Dan Hust wrote a beautiful piece on Yo Miz! for the “Sullivan Life” section of August 7’s Sullivan County Democrat. He hit all the high points. Many thanks. You can read it here.
BTW – He’s my new BFF!
I had to cut “Yo Miz” the book…alot… to focus on the kids I encountered – and my hope for them. Starting today, I’m posting bits and pieces that didn’t make the cut. My Short History of Tweed Tweed. That’s the familiar name for the old New York County Courthouse, that elegant neo-classical, American […]
No need to torture our students with so many standardized tests. I know, testing is great for business. Pearson, the UK giant testing corp, has a 5-year, $32 million contract with the NY State DOE to design tests for grades 4-8. The privatization of education is, after all, our New Gold Rush. But this is […]
Introduction Welcome, teachers:) As you know, the feds are profferring a pot of gold to states with the highest education ratings. Win the Race To The Top; get the gold. Losers get nada. What does this mean for teachers? They’re going to rate you, personally, on a scale from 0-100. 20-40% of your rating will be […]
My first guest blogger is a music educator I admire, Don Castellow. ( Full disclosure: he’s also my husband.) Originally written in response to my last blog, “End of Term Report Card – Arne Duncan: NOT Promoted.” I asked him if he’d mind my featuring it as its own post. He’s cool with this. […]
End of Term Report Card Name: Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education Term: 2009 – 2012 Reading: “Far below standards in reading and analyzing literature” Math: “Below standards in probability concepts and rationality” Social Studies: “Far below standards in understanding historical […]
That’s right! You heard me. A plethora of pedagogical pundits are proffering their pov’s about the so-called failure of our public schools to educate our children. Poverty, high dropout rates, low scores on standardized tests, the dearth of classes in fine arts, music, physical education, the lack of school libraries, computers, books, social workers, guidance […]