By now everybody is back to work. Some have been at it for a long time already. I hope you are all settling in alright.
Many of you are probably still stinging, sore and swollen from the many days of indoctrination and team-building to which you have recently been subjected. It takes time to heal. Alternate heat and cold. Stay hydrated. At this point, you may or may not be glad you didn't have the guts to light yourself on fire in the gym like you planned.
Last night I was rereading a couple Read more [...]
What would happen if you told Dracula that you really needed him to stumble around a shopping mall all day long and eat human brains?
He'd tell you to stick it up your ass, that's what. I sleep all day, yo. I get up a little after dusk. Shower. Read the paper. I clean up my apartment a bit. Then I go out. I bite necks and drink blood. That's what I do and I'm awesome at it. I'm not into that sloppy-ass zombie shit. Plus, I work alone. Hey...what's dumber than a bunch of zombies staggering down Read more [...]
To fully appreciate this post, you should probably take a quick look at the last post if you have not already. This is the continuation of a dialogue between myself and Jay Mathews, education writer at the Washington Post, about the school where I formerly taught, Columbia Heights Education Campus(CHEC).
(I promise the next post in this blog will mark a return to the offensive silliness at which it most excels.)
Jay Mathews: Thanks Peter. This makes some sense in isolation. You make a Read more [...]
Happy Back to School time to everybody. I'm sorry.
Do you know what you need? A good read and some magnets.
Last week Jay Mathews at the Washington Post ran a piece, not exactly about me, but using me as an example in order to propose an argument. It was called Maybe Schools Shouldn't Work As Teams.
The summary is that Mathews believes school principals should be like general managers of baseball teams. Principals should be able to get rid of people at will if they aren't working out Read more [...]
The jig is up
The news is out
They finally found me
The Renegade who had it made
Retrieved for the bounty
Nevermore to go astray
This'll be the end today
Of the wanted man
That's how Mr. Teachbad feels today.
But tomorrow is a new day. And in about two weeks, teachers will be getting ready for stupid meetings. And they will be hoping their word walls are in the right place, with the right words. And teaching will still be judged by them as a pretty crappy, thankless job. For hundreds Read more [...]
This past Saturday I attended the Save our Schools (SOS) March in DC. It was great. It wasn't a bagillion people, but it was a good crowd of several thousand, clearly very dedicated and/or pissed off educators. The general vibe was clear. Public education is on the wrong track, not just drastically, but spastically as well. There seems to be a knee-jerk reaction that any reform that anybody has enough money to propose and propagate is the Right Thing To Do.
All you have to do is claim that your Read more [...]
FAKE EDUCATION NEWS
Jack Hiller, 27, had just read an email expressing hopes that he was having a "restful summer" and inviting him to "begin framing" himself for the 2011-12 school year. Teachers are to report to campus for a "mandatory professional development and Welcome Back! institute" beginning at 8:15am sharp on August 17. Students will return on August 29. The email also requires teachers to bring a short essay describing how "one of your educational heroes has shaped Read more [...]
I have to tell you this story. It's been going on at my house all night.
My brother in law and nephew are here visiting from California and Canada. One of the things we like to do when guests are in town is go to the fish market. It's not far away, but not the kind of thing we do without a reason. So, we were happy to have a reason.
(By the way, this whole post has nothing to do with education or fat kids or how Michelle Rhee nearly cured me of my Asian fetish. It's about family and mutant Read more [...]
MR. TEACHBAD will be there. Will you?
Yes, you...weeding your garden.
You...on the beach.
You...playing with your children.
You...drinking Bloody Marys at lunch.
You...trying to find a cheap flight to San Diego.
You...looking for a job.
You...at your dad's house.
You...working on your curriculum.
You...hiding in the corner.
It's time for all y'all to get up off your asses. If you are a teacher, you must know that your profession is undergoing a sustained, Read more [...]