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Quote of the day

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

From the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Flypaper blog:

Following Diane Ravitch on Twitter is sort of like giving a six-year-old a kazoo on a long car trip. You know that by doing so, there’s a very strong probability that it will result in near constant aggravation or annoyance. But you do it anyway, because somewhere deep in your troubled psyche you thrive on provocation.

Popularity: 4% [?]

Cribs, teacher edition

Friday, March 11th, 2011

No matter where you stand on the whole Wisconsin controversy, this is just flat-out funny:

Popularity: 9% [?]

What we’re up against

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

This is from a comment on Democrats for Excellent Neighborhood School Education’s Facebook page. I would like to think it’s self-parody, but I’m afraid it’s straight-faced:

He (referring to education Reform Now’s Van Schoales) will NEVER convince me that his or any other Charter/Magnet school is what is right for this community or any other for that matter. I know that they are all in it for their deep pockets. I will NEVER say that Montbello is bad, it is a GREAT school.

As Sabrina would say: Wow. Just wow.

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Michelle Rhee on Colbert Report

Friday, December 3rd, 2010
The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Michelle Rhee
Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010 Election March to Keep Fear Alive

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Let’s end this intense week on a humorous note

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Thanks to the Denver Post’s Jeremy Meyer for putting this hilarious monologue up on You Tube. Las Vegas resident Marzette Lewis took offense last night at her school board balking at paying Dwight Jones $15,000 in moving expenses, and she let them know about it in no uncertain terms.

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School reform, “Daily Show” style

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Back in Black – Education Crisis
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

Popularity: 2% [?]

The Onion weighs in on standardized tests, and life

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Don’t watch this if you don’t like F-bombs, S-bombs and assorted other bad words. Otherwise, have a good laugh:

In The Know: Are Tests Biased Against Students Who Don’t Give A S…t?

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Straight from “The Onion”

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

It speaks for itself:

Texas’ New Textbooks

Because of a belief that academia skews too far to the left, the Texas Board of Education voted 10 to 5 in favor of buying history and social studies textbooks that adhere to a more conservative ideology. Here are some of the changes they are mandating:

  • Inserting paragraph clarifying that the poor guy Rosa Parks wouldn’t give up her seat for was on crutches and really needed to give his dogs a rest; also, he later died
  • More focus on civic issues, particularly the separation of church and infidel
  • Discussion of the debate between liberal and conservative geologists about what constitutes an “igneous” rock
  • Tamping down traditional pro-Stalin stance
  • Special ethnic world history appendix
  • Expanded section on Latino contribution to American landscaping
  • Dividing number of Vietnamese civilian casualties by two due to their small stature
  • Christopher Columbus was for lower taxes but all the Native Americans he encountered wanted to do was spend, spend, spend

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Jon Stewart on Texas curriculum changes

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Absolutely no comment necessary…

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Don’t Mess With Textbooks
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Health Care Reform

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It goes to 11…

Monday, February 15th, 2010

A state Senator in Utah has a plan that many in the state see as attractive given a $700M budget shortfall.

The sudden buzz over the relative value of senior year stems from a recent proposal by state Sen. Chris Buttars that Utah make a dent in its budget gap by eliminating the 12th grade. The notion quickly gained some traction among supporters who agreed with the Republican’s assessment that many seniors frittered away their final year of high school..

It’s quite something when the perceived solution to an education problem is … even less education.  A similar solution for a perceived constraint was suggested by my generational high-school philosopher Nigel Tufnel who noted, that if you’re already on 10 on your guitar, where can you go from there? Where? Where?

High School in Utah?  It goes to 11.

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