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Summer Slide

My wife and I made the mistake of grabbing lunch at a Chick-fil-a around lunch time last week.  I had done this before on several occasions, and while always quite busy, it had not warranted not returning. As we walked … Continue reading

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A Farewell to Teaching

Near the end of his WWI classic, A Farewell to Arms, Hemmingway wrote : “The world breaks everyone, and some are stronger at the broken parts.” Even in high school, I loved the sentiment.  Sure, the quote is often applied … Continue reading

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Why There’s A Contract

One of the biggest complaints from education reformers and politicians is that contracts negotiated by teachers’ unions are full of perks and benefits that prevent quick transformation of schools.  One report suggests that redistributing the cost of these “perks” to … Continue reading

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Bringing Out the Me in Team

Test scores are the new epicenter for the war over education.  On one side are politicians and reformers advocating test scores to evaluate teachers.  On the other side are teachers and unions arguing for more comprehensive evaluations rather than relying … Continue reading

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240 Minutes

Fourth grade, four hours.  240 Minutes.  Four hours of testing per day for fourth graders last week on the end of grade testing.  Not easy, but doable, right?  Actually, four straight hours of testing (9:30-1:30).  Don’t worry, they get up … Continue reading

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Bringing a ruler to a knife fight.

I wish this was a clever analogy that referred to testing or lesson plans or anything else school related.  Unfortunately,  this is about school safety. Last week, my wife’s week culminated with a gun being brought to school.  It was … Continue reading

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Class size, who cares?

Do you care what a stranger thinks?  How about a friend? Most people would say that they care more about a friend’s opinion versus a stranger’s, although many would say both.  I imagine Bill Gates is in the former camp.  … Continue reading

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