Oh, those immigrant children?!

“Schools wouldn’t be closed if we didn’t have to pay for those immigrant children,” I recently read. I suspect the author of the quote actually means non-white and non-Asian children, but there is no way to know. The author of this quote lives in Palo Alto, an affluent neighborhood who spends $16,000 per student, wellContinue reading “Oh, those immigrant children?!”

The fallacy of policymakers: episode 1

This is the first in a series which highlights the failed understanding of policymakers in policy implementation, how schools work, and how to educate. It’s almost too easy to find examples of the disconnect between policy and implementation. Governor Newsom’s $2 billion reopening plan is just the latest in a failed attempt to address studentContinue reading “The fallacy of policymakers: episode 1”

The Intention to Destroy Teachers

I was a subpar first year teacher and a moderately decent teacher when I left the profession four years later. In my first year teaching I had 3 different preps. The man who taught next door to me had 1 prep, US History, which he had been teaching for more than twenty years. In myContinue reading “The Intention to Destroy Teachers”

The Imaginary Learning Line

I remember learning imaginary numbers back in intermediate Algebra. The concepts of a number that wasn’t real but allowed you to do complex operations was a little strange at the time. Potentially stranger to me is the imaginary line of learning that students “fall behind.” Summer school and extended school days or years are beingContinue reading “The Imaginary Learning Line”

What is the purpose of an educated population?

I recently had the opportunity to discuss the value of education with a bright college student. She was reading the Horace Mann’s writings for a history course. The students were asked to discuss why you might want an educated population. My young colleague, who grew up always thinking that education is important, was struck byContinue reading “What is the purpose of an educated population?”

Free College For All

Policy makers, educators, and researchers have tried and failed to figure out the parameters of making life fair by providing access to college. One of the big barriers to attending college is the soul-crushing cost. Tuition at public universities, while still less expensive for state residents than private institutions, has skyrocketed over the past decade.Continue reading “Free College For All”

Asynchronous teaching or

Kendall Chatham, a community college first year student, logs onto her canvas page every morning to find her assignments for the day. Her only interaction with her classmates is a set of teacher prompted discussion posts. Her only interaction with the teacher is a list of assignments and the evaluation of those assignments upon completion.Continue reading “Asynchronous teaching or”

It’s Time to Stop Tinkering in Education

The anti-public education storm that was Betsy DeVos is finally on the way out. But another storm is coming. The anti-public education movement continues to be strong. Pro-charter and pro-voucher advocates aren’t disappearing just because DeVos is out. The new Secretary of Education has the opportunity to change the countries’ direction now. Here’s what IContinue reading “It’s Time to Stop Tinkering in Education”

Charters 101

Charter schools are perhaps one of the most misunderstood aspects of education in the United States. It isn’t surprising. Charter schools are public schools that act like private schools. They are operated by independent organizations which may be but are not necessarily for-profit. The original idea behind charters was to reduce some of the trappingsContinue reading “Charters 101”