The recent 60 Minutes expose on Greg Mortenson, co-author of Three Cups of Tea and famous philanthropist, provides a damning glimpse into Mortenson’s fabricated world. Some of the schools he claims to have started don’t exist; others stand empty or house spinach. Some of the schools that do exist claim they haven’t received a penny […]
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While subbing at my local, underperforming middle school in San Diego County today, I had a strange impression of disorder and its relationship to the expression: “too many balls in the air.” During one period I was a P.E. assistant. The P.E. teacher was absent and had left for his substitute the plans to let […]
Can anyone think of New Year’s Resolutions for public education? Focusing on middle and high school troubles, here are a few I’ve rattled off the top of my head: 1. Put the interests of students before the interests of adults. 2. Focus on academics. 3. Focus on classroom management and discipline. 4. Have high expectations. […]
I have been subbing in a small, rural school district with demographics reminiscent of the inner city, though less diverse. The student body is predominantly poor and Hispanic. At the elementary school, they use what is called a “Dual Language Immersion Program.” It’s not exactly “dual”, however, when you consider that the vast majority of […]