Reading Valerie Strauss on education in her Washington Post Blog called "The Answer Sheet" is usually enlightening. Yesterday, Strauss ran two pieces that caught my eye.
In the first she gives space to the wonderful Long Island Principal Carol Burris to propose ways to fix Common Core. This is the best part of what Burris said:
No matter what investments in time or materials have been made, here is the bottom line. The Common Core is a lemon and no amount of professional development will make it run right.
That pretty much sums it up.
Strauss also covers some very depressing news out of Philadelphia where the district has just cancelled the union contract with the teachers. We of course stand in solidarity with the Philly teachers.
Finally, Mercedes Schneider, one of our favorite critics of AFT President Randi Weingarten, is out there again exposing our leader's ties to the people who want to privatize public education. Here is how Merecedes closes her October 4 blog post:
Weingarten wants to *collaborate* with the declared enemies of traditional public education. Sure, she’ll reluctantly step back every now and then, but only so far as her faithful ties to privatization allow her feign dissent.
Mercedes is well worth looking for.