Well, my county has hit its highest COVID numbers since the whole thing started. Now, for us that's still under 200 with rare mortality, but it's still not encouraging. And still plenty of people with their "well, it's my choice" crap about vaccination. Thanksgiving's looking great. For no particular reason, there's a long list this week, just in case you need more reading to tide you through the holiday.
Don Moynihan runs a pretty good little substack. This post connects a lot of the current culture war panic dots.
Paul Thomas offered this op-ed to newspaper across South Carolina; one more good reminder of how wrong book bans are.
NBC looks at the emerging trend on the list of educational programs that certain parents would like to see the manager about
A first-person piece at Chalkbeat looks at the many crises that Louisiana teachers have been hit with.
Andre Perry at the Hechinger Report looks at how to push back against the culture war attacks on schools
Has the Great Resignation extended to teaching? There are plenty of anecdotes and stories, but I've been wondering if we aren't just seeing a version of shark attack summer, where something is going on as it always has, but we're just paying more attention? I'm still not sure, but Rebecca Klein has a good story to address the question.
Nancy Bailey points out that now would be a great time to make kindergarten kindergarten again.
Janet Lansbury offers four great reasons to avoid this assault on littles
Olivia Little at Media Matters has a good look at where, exactly, the Moms are coming from.
The good news is that Moms For Liberty is not the only group organizing in Williamson County, Tennessee. Andy Spears has the story.
Dad Gone Wild gets all radical and actually listens to what teachers have to say about the current state of affairs.
Jose Luis Vilson has some reflections on all three, from a summit he attended.
Teacher Totter looks at some current vocabulary-- equity, fidelity, critical race theory, etc--and shows how school districts turn them into disaster. One of those painfully funny kind of posts.
Ellen Dahlke has a piece that isn't just one more "I Give Up" post, but a look at the toll on teachers that comes from making them act as ad hoc mental health professionals.
Blue Cereal Education has a two-fer; how is teaching like blowing leaves, and how is it like blowing snow?
Grumpy Old Teacher offers some observations about Ron "Gonna Run For The White House" DeSantis and some of his great ideas in Florida.
Jan Resseger offers a Thanksgiving-ready reflection on the many ways in which we should be appreciative of our public schools.
Nancy Flanagan offers some meditation about the natures and uses of religion in troubled times.
And finally-- I didn't post anything to Forbes.com this week, but I did turn up over at the Progressive, responding to Arne Duncan's ideas about how we can bring everybody together over education.