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Tenure isn’t the problem in our schools

Jun 14, 2014
Tenure isn’t the problem in our schools

The Vergara/Welch lawsuit isn’t about tenure. It’s about union busting and privatizing as much of the school system in the U.S. as possible. It’s about vast amounts of money, none of which would make any sense to most of us. There are about 275,000 public school teachers in California. Not all of us should...

Data for bad teachers pulled out of thin air in Vergara v. Calif

Jun 13, 2014
Data for bad teachers pulled out of thin air in Vergara v. Calif

In a disturbing bit of news getting out to today in the Vergara v Calif. case, it appears that data quoted by L.A. Superior Court judge Rolf Treu doesn’t actually exist. In short, there is no data to back up his ruling on tenure. Jordan Weissmann of Slate, called Arizona State professor emeritus of...

Tenure still under attack

Jun 11, 2014
Tenure still under attack

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge, Rolf Treu, issued a tentative decision in a lawsuit known as Vergara vs. California, regarding tenure rules in California. In his tentative decision, Treu found in favor of Vergara. Headlines in several newspapers read ‘Tenure Rules Unconstitutional in California” or some variation of that. It is important to...

Op-ed: Evaluating teachers solely on classroom test results is uninformed and quite insane

Apr 28, 2014
Op-ed: Evaluating teachers solely on classroom test results is uninformed and quite insane

In the Sunday, April 27, Sacramento Bee, the editorial board published a piece about the Sac City School District, and the union that represents the teachers. The focus of the article centered on the union taking over school district policy making. How accurate that is, I have no idea. It’s doubtful, but for shock...

Teacher evaluations

Apr 27, 2014
Teacher evaluations

In the Sunday, April 27, Sacramento Bee, the editorial board published a piece about the Sac City School District, and the union that represents the teachers. The focus of the article centered on the union taking over school district policy making. How accurate that is, I have no idea. It’s doubtful, but for shock...

Daydreaming part II

Apr 26, 2014
Daydreaming part II

In my last post I outlined an article by Alan Schwartz regarding daydreaming, and the push to have it recognized as an official “disorder” in the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual. This is the follow up. First, follow the money. Eli Lily stands to make a boatload of money if (a) daydreaming becomes a “disorder”,...

Daydreaming part II

Apr 26, 2014
Daydreaming part II

In my last post I outlined an article by Alan Schwartz regarding daydreaming, and the push to have it recognized as an official “disorder” in the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual. This is the follow up. First, follow the money. Eli Lily stands to make a boatload of money if (a) daydreaming becomes a “disorder”,...

Daydreaming is not a disorder

Apr 14, 2014
Daydreaming is not a disorder

An article in the Sacramento Bee, April 12, starts with the headline: “Daydreaming could be seen as attention disorder.” The article was written by Alan Schwarz of the New York Times. Here are the highlights, then I’ll give you my take on it. Schwarz said that experts want more research into “sluggish cognitive tempo.”...

Daydreaming is not a disorder

Apr 14, 2014
Daydreaming is not a disorder

An article in the Sacramento Bee, April 12, starts with the headline: “Daydreaming could be seen as attention disorder.” The article was written by Alan Schwarz of the New York Times. Here are the highlights, then I’ll give you my take on it. Schwarz said that experts want more research into “sluggish cognitive tempo.”...

The tenure dance continues

Mar 11, 2014

There doesn’t seem to be any let up in the “let’s change tenure rules” dance. Somehow, if this issue is simply repeatedly written and talked about, then the other bigger issues can’t get either air time or enough attention to get the hard stuff done. In the Sacramento Bee, on February 23, another article...

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