Education in America: Standardized Tests = BMI

Today’s topic in our Education in America series is standardized tests.  As Mona and I have touched on briefly, they’re not the silver bullet which will expose and then fix all the problems in education.  In fact, they might be making things worse.  Let’s dig in, shall we? Read More Education in America: Standardized Tests = BMI

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

The War on Women: Now You Aren’t Allowed to Think the Word “Abortion” Without Repercussions

Between destroying teachers’ unions and defunding Planned Parenthood, the Right has started the year off with a battle cry against us evil wimminz and our baby-killin’ ways. In fact, they love fetuses so much that they’re happy to physically force women to carry them to term. Read More The War on Women: Now You Aren’t Allowed to Think the Word “Abortion” Without Repercussions

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!

Political Round-Up 2/18/2011: The Gov’mint Wants Your Money, Your Job & Your Womb, Thankyouverymuch

This week I didn’t get to spend much time trolling Huffington Post and Salon and my other favorite liberal-tastic blogs, so when I actually got around to reading the news last night, my jaw basically unhinged itself and crawled underneath my desk and whimpered. Because seriously, what is wrong with America’s political system?! The answer is “lots of things, duh,” but I just want to let that rhetorical question hang in the air a minute. Specifics, below: Read More Political Round-Up 2/18/2011: The Gov’mint Wants Your Money, Your Job & Your Womb, Thankyouverymuch