Monthly Archives: May 2011

The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries

I knew David Eggers was a great writer.  I didn’t know he was so knowledgeable about education issues.  He nails it here.  This article explains the importance of valuing educators, and thus valuing the students they work with.   Must read. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/01/opinion/01eggers.html

Arne Duncan’s Latest

There is so much going on.  This morning I found out that Osama bin Laden is dead.  Then I read Arne Duncan’s open letter to teachers.  What a day!

Here is Duncan’s letter:

(Please read this while remembering that integrity is the alignment of words with behavior.  By this definition, Duncan shows no integrity.  Policy that denigrates teachers, takes away their power through centralized decision making, assesses them through one dimensional high stakes tests,and then speaks against these very same policies in words only is reprehensible and manipulative.  Read the comments below the article for more.)

Duncan\’s Open Letter to Teachers

But I love Teacher Sabrina’s response- check it out here:  Teacher Sabrina\’s Response