Conversations About Betsy DeVos

As one of the writers for The Educator’s Room, I participate with all the authors in regular conversations. We share ideas, talk about pedagogy, discuss writing topics, and sometimes even debate politics. That has been especially true in our newly politically-charged world that is so prevalent lately. Our current political discussion (a proper word since [...]

Considering the Case for Betsy DeVos

I am not a fan of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. I wasn't fond of Arne Duncan either. And after working under John King when he led New York's schools I didn't cheer for his appointment. But Betsy DeVos represents a different challenge to public school teachers, students, and families. I shared feelings of anger, fear, [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, Featured|1 Comment

Fostering Responsibility

My class still works off of a weekly job chart. I have always tried to incorporate community responsibility into our classroom lives. We have the basics listed as jobs, such as computer helper, line leader and light helper. But I also have not-so-standard jobs listed as well, jobs like trash helper, a vacuum-er and a [...]

Protesters Were Wrong to Block Betsy DeVos From School

One of the continuing traditions of my classroom is to display 100's of inspirational and thought provoking quotes. And one of the quotes I have on that border is by famed Chicago journalist Sydney J. Harris, who says, “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” While I've had more than my [...]

Distrust of Facts Highlights Need to Return to Primary Sources

"Get your facts first," quips satirist Mark Twain. "Then you can distort them as much as you please." These words were first put to print in an 1899 Rudyard Kipling interview of the timeless sage, but they could have just as easily been written yesterday. In an era where the news makers are jabbing back [...]