Your list of worthwhile reads from the week. Enjoy, and pass them on.
Looking for the Living Among the Dead
A beautiful Easter meditation from Jose Luis Vilson
The Privateer Legislators
A family friend passed this along from Florida. An articulate argument for not privatizing education in Florida, or anywhere else, from Roger Williams.
Chester Finn Jr. Calls for an End to Teacher Tenure
I assume that if you read here, you also follow Diane Ravitch, but it's easy to lose pieces in the midst of the Ravitchian avalanche of posts, and here's one you really don't want to miss, as the education historian points out what's wrong about so many arguments against teacher tenure.
Call This The Empty Chair
One more panel about teaching without a single teacher in sight.
Where Did All the Black Teachers Go?
A personal essay about one of the most under-addressed issues in education-- why can't schools hold onto teachers of color?
School Choice: The Faustian Bargain
Russ Walsh looks at what choicers require folks to give up in order to get choice.
Mr Staples, Here's What Happened To Black Teachers
A solid response to that NYT piece from the Schools Matter blog.
Homework Is Wrecking Our Kids
This piece is actually over a year old, but it's still the truth, and still well-worth a read and a share.
Largest Charter Chain in LA Raises Millions To Fight Unionization
Facing a unionizing teacher staff? Charters could take any number of responses, but in LA, the largest charter chains went with "Collect $2.2 from various anonymous friends to keep unions from happening."
As It Always Should Be
Everyone with a little needs a Teacher Tom in their life. Here he is discovering one more beautiufl and joyous thing about his kids.
These Are a Few of My Favorite Green Things
For Earth Day, another post from my daughter about the small sustainable things we can all do to help.