What I object to most about this commercial is that we never hear the voices of the autistic kids in it. Instead we get the sinister voice of autism promising to make anyone who has contact with it abjectly miserable. We just got my son a pirate costume for Halloween. Sure he spent a [...]
I read today that 54% of the schools in Massachusetts are now “failing” according to No Child Left Behind. That’s Massachusetts, as in The Cradle of Public Education.
I don’t believe it. Nope. No way.
I believe that the failure here is in high-stakes testing, NCLB and the Obama/Duncan agenda to privatize our public [...]
“Is love the most important thing of all?” asks my five-year old boy.
“It sure is,” I answer.
Well, if it is and if I really mean what I say, why do I love conditionally?
That’s the point of an article that I read with interest and guilt over my lunch break: that [...]
One thing about BS: it makes great leftovers.
Schools have discovered that they can get extra funding from state and federal governments for small-group instruction to help lagging students catch up if they say that the students are struggling because of a processing problem in their brains. School officials who admit that the students are lagging [...]
This teacher-bashing editorial in the LA Times takes the tone of a schoolmarm lecturing her students on the history of the evils of unions while explaining how once upon a time they were necessary and how once upon a time its editorial board was less fair.
A new era of school reform will continue [...]
I was going to write a post that imagined what would happen if Secretary of Education Arne Duncan took over the nation’s wildfire fighting efforts, how he’d fire all of the fighters because they didn’t bring the Station Fire under control faster, replace them with firefighting charters that would only fight [...]
As I type this my keyboard is glowing red from the great Station Fire, the biggest wildfire in LA history. I thought it would be funny to write about how Arne Duncan would “reform” the fire fighting effort, but you’ll have to wait for that Swiftian effort; I left a draft of it at school. [...]
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Praise for CF"I'd particularly like to draw attention to California Father, a special educator and father of a son with autism. He is kind enough to post comments here and his blog is a good read." --Christina Samuels, Education Week
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