Sunday, February 14, 2021

ICYMI: Happy Valentines Day Edition (2/14)

Well, Congress rushed through their work so that they could get started on their vacation. Why shouldn't the rest of us. Let's take a look at this week's reading list.

In Disorienting Return To Civility, Joe Biden's DOJ Backs Up Betsy DeVos

A couple of outlets picked up this story this week, but only Time found a clever angle to go with a clever headline.

My HBCU experience has been life-changing

Lets have some positive stories this week, please. A nice first-person story here from Marissa Stubbs at The Undefeated. And she's in Florida, so there is hope.

Update: Dispatch from the Covid trenches

Grumpy Old Teacher, back in the building, checks his classroom ventilation. The results are not encouraging.

School Ratings, Ranking and Wrongdoing  

Have You Heard welcomes Akil Bello from Fairtest to talk about how much baloney can be squeezed into a ratings list (spoiler alert: a lot).

Big Data on learning loss is not the point: Teachers know how to use formative assessments to guide their work with each child

Jan Resseger adds to the stack of excellent essays explaining just how the chickjen littling about learning loss is a bunch of hooey.

$100M for children "learning faster than ever before" in Tennessee?!

Nancy Bailey takes a look at Tennessee's adoption of Reading360, and why it's not good news.

Who really created the Marvel universe?

A new Stan Lee biography is out, and this is one of the better looks at the attempt to unravel the man's complicated, troublesome legacy. No, it's not about education. I like comics and have read them my whole life. Happy Valentines Day.

OpenAI and Stanford researchers call for urgent action to address harms of large language models like GPT-3

Let's grab that barn door and see if we can't get a handle on the loose horse mess that is language mimicking software. Since GPT-s is OpenAI's baby, I'm not sure how much of this is responsible science and how much of it is trying to handicap marketplace imitators, but since these damn things are going to be proposed as teacherbots sooner or later, we should be paying attention to this stuff.

Piano-playing Penn State professor supports students' mental health

From last October in the Collegian. I have mixed feelings about this mechanical engineering prof who closes class with some piano playing, probably related to the mixed feelings about the amount of tuition I sent off to PSU with my daughter years ago, but it's certainly a bit outside tbe box.

How East Stroudsburg schools plan to diversify curriculum, staff and more

A school district in PA makes an attempt and a plan for getting the schools to more properly reflect the diversity of the student body. From the Pocono Record.

Charter schools invaded our neighborhoods without public input

Carl Peterson in Patch for Los Angeles talks to Eastside Padres Contra La Privatization about how charters moved in, public schools were damaged, and local voices were silenced.

Stop Disrespecting Teachers, Please

Arthur Goldtsein is in the New York Daily News detailing the disrespect that NY teachers have been feeling.

To Test or Not To Test

Well, the correct answer is "not," but this Hechinger Report article by Kelly Field does a better job than some of detailing the sides at play here.

Village teacher wins $1 million prize 

Ranjitsinh Disale wanted to be an engineer but ended up taking on a rough rural gig in India. Now he has a million dollar prize. From NPR

Searching for Shelley Duvall

Shelley Duvall is okay. Another not-education story, but a story that's just very human. 

Now they love her

A beautiful reflection on the forever-awesome Karen Lewis

Amid tough school reopening battles, Americans continue to cheer teachers unions

Rebecca Klein and Ariel Edwards-Levy at Huffington Post reporting that, contrary to what you're hearing from some politicians and pundits, teachers are not actually widely hated for single-handedly keeping school buildings closed.

1 comment:

  1. Like may teachers, I have a chronic concern regarding *TFH learning loss. A concern confirmed during the, 'day after' lesson review.

    *Twenty Four Hour

    The biggest Covid related "loss" was one of structure, discipline, and work habits. Whatever passed for "school" this past year was essentially a half-baked free for all for the majority of kids. The cohort who took the biggest hit was the current group of juniors (grad class 2022). Higher level coursework and technical instruction in the sciences and maths were the most difficult to deliver via remote instruction. Many in this cohort have not seen the inside of classroom since March 2020.