Faculty Meeting Presentation

Faculty Meeting Presentation
Wednesday Feb 16, 2011

Collaborative Consumption by Rachel Botsman
New Organizational Structures and Literacy

Heidi Echternacht: Kindergarten Teacher Co Founder #kinderchat


My comment on WaPo article: Ending the Ed Wars by Conor Williams

Here we are again with an article that seeks to soothe yet inflames the soul.

The history of the reform movement in America has claimed crises over and over again since the 1950’s as fodder to forward political agenda. Our father’s and grandfather’s quality of education was in crises as well.

Hinge me with “status quo” arguments but fail to acknowledge that educators are undergoing change as is most every industry in the world today. And apparently infinitely quicker than the banking industry. This is a revolutionary time in history and teachers and education are certainly not immune.

Educators understand the crux of this latest edreform argument on teacher quality as another effort to eliminate labor costs under the guise of quality while privatizing an industry. “Philanthrocapitalism” vs Philathropist. Handing out “gifts” of control and profit.

Teaching, learning and education is largely a self policing craft. Those from the business industry can’t understand why teachers are not interested in Racing To The Top of outdated pyramidal models of success.

Our society is increasingly polarized. The discrepancy between rich and poor is at alarming levels. The Race To The Top has already been won by a burgeoning Billionaire class, with little or no hope of advancement by those below.

Are we to believe America’s teaching force has deteriorated at levels as never seen before? Are we to believe that unemployment, poverty, wealth, hunger, homelessness and bleak futures have less impact on a child in America than an 8th grade math teacher?

All teachers know there are some teachers who shouldn’t be teaching and some bankers who shouldn’t be banking. Apparently “bad teachers” are more quickly discovered than bad Madoffs. And if not, shouldn’t we be talking about Principal quality?

Meanwhile, failed policies of NCLB and other reform movements continue, with no talk of accountability on their part. Klein walks away having had eight years to improve scores yet, there’s still a crises. Teachers know talk of quality only matters for their jobs while School Chancellors and Superintendents play at press releases and create policy in which quality doesn’t matter.

And so the cycle continues. To teachers in America, the differing rules for labor and those in laddered positions is made very clear.

There is no middle ground when one side sells red herrings to the masses while privatizing an industry behind closed doors. When they start chartering off the Grand Canyon to BP, I’d hope for a similar passion. And Klein, if you seriously believe it is easier to send someone to their death in America than to fire a bad teacher, I’m not sure education is the first industry you should be looking to reform.

First Post

Hello PoTI. I am trying to harness the internets in my little corner of the world over here in an attempt to show and share my learning curve of various subjects.

First here is my digital-native, social media strategist change agent resume for your enjoyment:

December 25, 1979 received tape recorder from Santa

December 26, 1980 raised venture capital to co purchase Atari game system with younger brother

March 23, 1982 played on PET computers when sent out of class

June 24, 1987 received a D in manual typewriter class

June 3, 1988 first introduction to word processor in hs english class

October 13, 1990 MAC card

dark ages of the mid- nineties. no personal technological advances in memory bank

May 19, 1997 emails: aol, work, Yahoo!

September 11, 2001 no TV access: used the internets for info and news

September 3, 2005 first computer access at home

February 17, 2006 tried to figure out Friendster

March 18, 2006 got a cell phone

April 7, 2006 myspace fun

September 17, 2007 friended facebook and everyone I’ve ever known since 1975

August 28, 2008 stumbled into the twitterverse

July 29, 2010 finally a flickr

Today: attempting WordPress and making 5 blogs.

Now I have 40 passwords