Education in America: The Biggest Challenges in Special Education

Today instead of tackling a myth, we’re going to dig into special education, and maybe shed a little light on an often misunderstand branch of public (and to a lesser extent, private and charter school) education.   Before we get into the challenges, let’s all get a working definition of what special education means. Read More Education in America: The Biggest Challenges in Special Education

Education in America: Response to What?

In response to my defenses of teachers and the American public education system, people often ask me, “Mona, so what are we doing to support these struggling students that we hear so much about?”

To this I answer, “RtI!”
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Education in America: Mythbusting Monday – Unions pt. 1

Two relatively small words in the English language can strike fear, rage, and passion like no others.  Those two words are teachers’ unions. As you can probably guess, there are more myths and legends regarding teachers’ unions than we can cover in one installment, so today we’re only going to look at one facet of this Rubik’s Snake. Read More Education in America: Mythbusting Monday – Unions pt. 1

Education in America, pt 1: Mythbusting Monday

As we talked about last week, we’re going to be working on an on-going series about education in America.   It’s sure to be one of the hot-button topics this election, and there will be a lot of column inches devoted to our education policy.  Because this is America, and we love our soundbites and scapegoats, we’re not likely to hear about things like curriculum design, supportive administrations and the effects of poverty on a society.  No, we’re going to hear that teachers suck. Read More Education in America, pt 1: Mythbusting Monday

I Don’t Like You, Arne Duncan

I am finding it very difficult to like Secretary of Education Arne Duncan these days. Recently he made some very discouraging comments regarding special education and essentially said that some states were giving their students with disabilities “a free ride.” Read More I Don’t Like You, Arne Duncan

I am NOT overpaid!

Recently, while procrastinating on the internets (my favorite pastime), I ran across this piece of satirical math and it got me thinking about teachers’ salaries.  The author suggests that by paying them as babysitters, teachers would in fact earn more money than they do now.  This fascinated me because of how often we teachers are treated as little more than babysitters by lawmakers, families, and administration. Read More I am NOT overpaid!

Biases in Standardized Testing

It’s that dreaded time of year again for teachers: standardized testing time.  The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) begins February 28th, and I get the joy of having five third-graders who will be taking this exam.    Read More Biases in Standardized Testing