Michelle Rhee, putative “reformer” of public schools, will be speaking at the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities meeting this June, for a reported speaker’s fee of about $50,000. (Rheediculous! But then, you know that the APSCU doesn’t have to be careful with their money–they’re only spending your U.S. taxpayer dollars, friends, as for-profit unis … Continue reading Profiting from our neo-liberal Rheeality
As we suspected, the Thomas Gradgrinds of the world are busy proliferating in school administrations across the nation because of school “Rhee-form” measures that push teachers to focus on facts only, and only those facts immediately relevant to the subject matter they’re teaching. A friend of a friend who teaches High School American and World … Continue reading The War on Teachers: Mr. Gradgrind's Rhee-education for teachers
How to cash in on her educrat celebrity! From a lengthy, self-serving analysis of her time as Washington, D.C. school chancellor: There are enough people out there who understand and believe that kids deserve better, but until now, there has been no organization for them. We’ll ask people across the country to join StudentsFirst—we’re hoping … Continue reading The War on Teachers: What has Michelle Rhee learned about education politics?
Via Inside Higer Ed, we learn that Doug E. Lynch, the vice dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, has resigned because he falsely claimed to have a doctoral degree from Columbia University. (This was not discovered by anyone at Penn–no, the Philadelphia Inquirer started sniffing around, and used the … Continue reading Another fraudster exposed, faculty-types unsurprised.
Check out an e-mail I just received today from a Pearson representative. I can get paid $250.00 and have two essay assignments graded for me, if I turn over my students’ papers for the benefit of Pearson’s computer grading scheme! I just learned about these scamtastic software packages last night via a comment that Indyanna … Continue reading Historiann retains birthright; tells Pearson to shove mess o’pottage where the sun don’t shine.
You know what this joint needs? More cowgirls. Amirite? It seems like there are just a lot of photos of ugly men and sausages on this blog lately, and I don’t like it any more than you do. I’ve got a question for you, friends: did any of you read the profile of fellow cowgirl-blogger Rhee Ree … Continue reading The internet, cowgirls, and the search for authenticity
Today’s post is a roundup of sorts–be sure to click to read a follow-up question from yesterday’s War on Teachers post, and also to see more linky goodness below. But, to the matter at hand: I just couldn’t resist this. According to the Boston Globe’s Joan Venocchi, organized labor’s big problem is that they desperately need … Continue reading Is there a Whole Foods in Lowell yet? Plus advice & links on job searches
Guess what? When you make people’s jobs and bonuses contingent on the performance of their students on high-stakes standardized tests, they have a really strong incentive to cheat! Check out the details of Michelle Rhee’s tenure as Chancellor of the Washington, D.C. schools as reported by USA Today this week: Michelle Rhee, then chancellor of … Continue reading The Three Rhing Circus of "Education Reform"
OK, OK–I know it’s getting tiresome to read about me being right all of the time. But–seriously: Who ever would have predicted that it’s a bad idea to appoint a man to the U.S. Senate who never ran for office or won a single vote in his entire frikkin’ life? The Denver Post reports today on … Continue reading Who ever would have predicted?