A place to hash out all opinions on education policy, charter schools, statewide testing, and what the political world is and isn't doing about it.
Is It True or Just Clear?
How would you react if your partner or best friend told you that they only had a few weeks to live? Imagine that they tell you the story of going to the doctor for a routine check-up, and that the doctor found something in their bloodwork.
Woke Cows, Canceled Horses
As awareness rises, plenty of schools have switched mascots Since the early 1970s, as American institutions of higher learning have recognized the insensitive and downright racist nature of their mascots - which so often denigrated Native Americans - they have ditched those symbols in favor of more benign ones.
Book Bans Are a Slide Towards Authoritarianism
Banning books. I never thought I’d see it in the modern era. The United States of America is a country based on the principles of protecting free speech, no matter how offensive that speech may be. Mr. Ron DeSantis, Governor of the state of Florida, do you believe in the concept of free speech? Will you fervently defend the 1st Amendment? Based on the bills you’re signing into law, I think not.
Governor DeSantis, Your Don’t Say Gay Bill is Disgusting and So are You
Photo by Gage Skidmore There’s no reason ever, in any situation, for a teacher to “say gay” or get involved in a discussion about sexuality or gender identity - except for one. Get ready Florida, here it comes, and I shouldn’t have to tell your disgraceful governor this.
The Benjamin in the room
Economics to the layman is often thought of as the study of how people exchange money, taxes, regulation, etc. But the reality is way stranger than that. For one, Economics is more the study of exchange than it is money, in fact, Money as a concept rarely comes up in Economic Formula. I know, Economists rarely talk about Money because money as a concept in Economics isn't included in the formula. For one big reason.
Why Indiana House Bill 1134 Will Not Work
Indiana House Bill 1134 is one of several bills that, if it becomes a law, will require teachers to post lesson plans for the entire school year, for every subject, by the end of June. This bill and similar ones also give parents the option of refusing to allow their children to participate in certain lessons. Proponents say that these laws would protect their rights to control what their children learn or are exposed to in school.
Three Ways College Makes You More Liberal
1. The Insane Price Tag “Education is important” is one of those unimpeachable staples of American politics; it’s up there with “support the troops” and “small businesses are the backbone of our economy.”
The School Boards in Trump Country
I have been spending time in Trump Country for a bit over a year. I made it my permanent residence in July, and generally speaking is like most other places, as long as you avoid controversial subjects. I wrote about my experiences after the 2020 election. An update is required after the most recent Flagler County School Board Meeting.
Online Store On Shopify: Pros And Cons
Shopify admin panel Shopify store builder key statistics and costs There’s a reason Shopify is such a popular platform. We didn’t add it to our list of the best website builders, as it is a bit limited in its options. But it is a great CMS, and perhaps the biggest reason is that building your first store has never been more accessible. And there is some good news for those who’re aiming to open up a store on Shopify:
Blowing the Whistle on the System
You ever have that teacher that didn't want you to take notes - so they printed off the slides for everyone in class? And every class period she would pass each student a minimum of 5 sheets of paper?
It Depends On Who You Listen To (Yes, About School Reopening)
Since school closed, it was my first ride on the bus in months. Normaly, if I have to run an errand in the middle of the pandemic, it's on my own. I don't wear a mask and huff and puff to get back inside. My son and I spotted a bus crossing the street, so we got on the back of it. We rode the bus from our after-school program to home, and we were happy to experience a sliver normalcy.
The Lives That Chose Us (2020 Year-In-Review)
Mid-September saw me knee deep in readings. One for each of the classes I had taken this year. These readings were a mix of dead white men (think Durkheim and Marx), as well as black women (think Marx, Durkheim, et. et. al. The history of education was so compelling, that I could for a while isolate the words from the specter death, fascism and impending doom. A pandemic that decimated the lives of thousands across the globe caused a global pandemic. We had already killed over 200,000 people. The Trump administration and the United States government preferred to do nothing to prevent these deaths, while the figurehead played white golf balls and blow horns endlessly. The government across the country increased inequity and left basic survival to food banks, charity, and hopeful appearances on daily news programs. While businesses were closed temporarily or permanently, citizens continued to keep their masks on in disbelief at the possibility that science, and not conspiracy theorists, might be able to save us from this.