Uncommon Sense to the Core

I’ll admit it. They had to win me over to the Common Core State Standards. Maybe it’s because it has “standard” in the name, and I can’t help but think of standardized tests – that tail that not only wags…

Name Games with ESEA Reauthorization

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed another bad bill with a good name.  We all remember the last time.  No Child Left Behind.  Good name. But angelic names always hide their devils in the details, and what we’ve…

Any Gun to Anyone, But We Will Never Give Up

Columbine. Aurora. Newtown. We can whisper a litany of locations like a prayer, and without saying anything more than the names of these places, heads will bow and people understand how they are connected.…

We need you to speak up for our little DREAMers

Call this number: 1-866-632-6057 Just call it. Really. Just do it. You call, and something amazing happens. You call, and the National Education Association through some sort of technomagical stuff I will simply never understand and never want to will…

Angels Amongst Us

“Take me instead. They’re just babies.”

That was the prayer of those babies’ teacher, Anna Canaday. When the Oklahoma tornado hit Plaza Towers Elementary School Monday, she and her colleague, Jessica Simonds, tried to get the kindergartners to shelter.…

What teachers REALLY want

Welcome to National Teacher Appreciation Week. I looked under my pillow to see if the Tooth Fairy left me something. Nope. Checked the fireplace to see if Santa had been there? Zip. Maybe a piñata filled with sweet surprises? Nada.…

The Time is Now for Dreamers

Wednesday I will stand on the West Lawn of our nation’s capitol with thousands of others and demand that a dream come true.…

The Time is Now for Commonsense Immigration Reform…and a Pop Quiz

Lily Eskelsen urges educators to march in support of their immigrant students and their dreams.…

Pull Congress Over For Drunk Driving

Automatic cuts fall heavily on the heads of little children who are being held hostage in this political standoff.…

High Stakes Testing Ground Zero…And the Revolution that Followed

Too many policy makers continue to bow to high-profile “reformers” who advise them that we should run our schools like a factory where assembly line workers get bonuses for hitting their number.…