What does the battle over the minimum wage have to do with education? Everything…
By Adell Cothorne
Way back before I became a principal, a whistleblower, the “cupcake lady” or joined the fight to save public education, I was a McDonald’s worker. It was 1984 and you name it—cashier, grill operator, grease trap emptier, bathroom cleaner—I did it. I’ve been thinking a lot about my McDonald’s days since watching a recent report on CBS Sunday Morning called “The Battle Over the Minimum Wage.” Continue reading
An open letter to my students at a “no excuses” charter school in Boston
By Barrett Smith
Last month I resigned from my position as a tutor and teaching assistant at a “No-Excuses” Charter School in Boston. What follows is an open letter to my students.
First, I need to get something off my chest. I came to your middle school for some selfish reasons. I wanted to tutor you not only to help you but also to help myself. I came to Boston temporarily and as an outsider, looking for a year of training in skills that I could take with me to my future home, and to benefit my future students. Continue reading
How can something so wrong feel so righteous?
For far too long, three little words have been holding back the adult interests that long to put students first. What are they you ask? The teachers union conflict of interest laws. Thankfully these outdated and antiquated restrictions are now out of sight and out of mind where they belong. And while haters like you are already mumbling about ethics, may I take this opportunity to remind you that it isn’t corruption if you do it for the right reasons? I believe the word is *carerruption*… Continue reading
Just in time for the holidays, a reform groaner for the groaning board
Reader: if your holidays are anything like mine then you are looking forward to consuming an entire box of Asti Spumante engaging in a vigorous back-and-forth about education policy with your extended family. But with so many great ideas out there for improving our failed and failing public schools, how to settle on just one??? Fortunately our friends at the Teacher Salary Project have done some extensive menu planning for us and have prepared a veritable buffet of topics to discuss at the table. Unfasten your eat belt, reader: it’s time to pass the salary. Continue reading
My year working for “America’s Most Trusted Educator”
By Ebony Murphy-Root
Folks in the national media are just beginning to take note of Dr. Steve Perry’s colorfully threatening metaphors and heated ‘no excuses’ rhetoric, but during my year as a teacher at Capital Prep, the school Perry runs in Hartford, CT, I had some of them directed squarely at me. Continue reading