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Oct 22 2011

It’s So Hard To Find Good Help These Days

Wendy Kopp struck a nerve with me when she claimed TFA had been successful because it spent 20 years proving that poor, black children could learn. I’m sure (hoping…) that she meant something else by that, but a society that needs 20 years and millions of dollars to believe these children can learn has another thing coming to it. I want my students to get in the habit of asking good, scientific questions; and I’m not talking about: “would you like fries with that?”

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Oct 16 2011

Teach Different: iTeach Therefore iAm

Think Different. Teach Different. What if education reform had a Steve Jobs? No Child Left Behind has had almost as much tenure as Jobs’ second run as CEO and yet Apple has blossomed while public education has floundered. What’s the difference? More importantly, how can education reformers truly “think different” à la Apple? “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

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Oct 15 2011

A Day Late and a Dallas Short

This is the hardest post to write thus far. Previously, I’ve felt inspired and optimistic, frustrated and angry, anxious and grateful. Currently, I’m just tired and contemplative…

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If you are not fighting for my students, then you are fighting against my students, which means you are fighting against me; I don’t lose fights. You see, these kids may make the team but if nothing changes, most won’t make the cut- and I ain’t talkin’ ‘bout no ball game…

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