Student: “I Appreciate You Disciplining Me.”

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I expect my students to wear a school uniform shirt and an ID. It is my habit to check for these, and my students know so.

Of course, that doesn’t mean they always comply.

Last week, in one of my classes, I hit on a noncompliance bonanza of sorts. One had no school shirt. A second had no ID. A third had neither school shirt nor ID.

So, out come the detentions.

During the course of handling these incidents, I had an unusual response from one of these unfortunate three:

He thanked me for disciplining him:

His exact words: “Ms. Schneider, I appreciate you taking the time to discipline me.” 

Now, my first thought was that he was being sarcastic, but he was not. He was serious.

As I was writing his detention, I congratulated him on his maturity and told him that the willingness to subject oneself to authority…

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Betsy DeVos’ Resignation Letter

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Below is the full text of now-former US ed sec Betsy DeVos’ resignation letter.

The Secretary of Education

Washington, DC  20202

January 7, 2021

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
Washington, DC  20500

Dear Mr. President:

For more than thirty years, I have fought on behalf of America’s students to expand the options they have to pursue a world-class education. As you know, too many of them are denied an equal opportunity to a high-quality education simply because of where they grow up or how much money their family makes. You rightly have called this one of the most significant civil rights issues of all time.

Leading the US Department of Education had given me an exceptional opportunity to advocate on behalf of the forgotten students the traditional system leaves behind. We have achieved much.

We have sparked a national conversation about putting students and parents in charge…

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I was an early Erasmus scholar, and I grieve for what British students have lost

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Artificial Intelligence: does state of the art natural language processing really understand language?

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Commentary on Madison’s long term, disastrous reading results: “Madison’s status quo tends to be very entrenched.” — Schoolinfosystem.org

Scott Girard: “The problem was we could not get the teachers to commit to the coaching.” Since their small success, not much has changed in the district’s overall results for teaching young students how to read. Ladson-Billings called the ongoing struggles “frustrating,” citing an inability to distinguish between what’s important and what’s a priority in…

Commentary on Madison’s long term, disastrous reading results: “Madison’s status quo tends to be very entrenched.” — Schoolinfosystem.org

Testing Disconnect

As progressive as I try to be in my classroom there are still district and state requirements that need to be fulfilled. One of them is mandatory “Common Assessment” testing that is aligned to the state standards. These typically consist of 50-60 Multiple Choice Questions and some “tech assisted” Qs like putting events in chronological […]

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