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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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Kevin Carey on the Pell Grant Program

The Quick & the Ed:

This morning I was emailing some fellow members of the vast left-wing media / academic / think tank conspiracy to put all citizens under the yoke of a unified North American socialist dystopia–or, possibly, fellow bootlicks to the neoliberal power structure, it’s hard to keep track–and someone argued that the Obama administration can’t credibly criticize its Republican opponents for cutting education because it has now proposed to cut education by scaling back growth in the Pell grant program.

I disagree. If people talk about the budget in a way that identifies certain very broad categories of expenditure like “education” as inherently virtuous and all Obama proposals to cut programs within that category as, by definition, a betrayal of the progressive cause, we’re basically doomed to waste large amounts of scarce public resources forever. And in the future when there’s no money to support some vital new cause, this will be one of the reasons why.

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How [not] to make teachers feel respected or professionals!

For articles like this the HuffPo got paid US $ 315 millions. The New York Times has been hard on these news and has accused Arianna's project of applying dirty little SEO secrets.

But that's another topic. To the point being, I just read an interesting letter forwarded to Angela Maiers by a teacher who wanted her opinion on the PD guidelines sent by the instructional leader at his institution. The document says all, I just want to reproduce it without permission of the Maiers Education Services:

    Staff Development Guidelines:

    1. We start at 8:00 AM (last session ends at 3:30)
    2. ALL teachers will be need to be here.
    3. Think of it as YOUR STATE TEST DAY. Just like we tell the kids before taking the test. Get lots of rest the night before, eat a good breakfast (make sure there is some protein and not a lot of sugar) and drink water! It is intense because there is so much to think about. It’s good stuff, so be ready.
    4. Bring water to drink throughout the presentation…your brain will need it.
    5. For the first 2 hours you will not be in TEAMs or Grade Levels! You will work with your TEAM in the last hour. Specialists will each choose a grade level to work with at that time.
    6. Eat a high protein, low fat, low sugar lunch. Take a short walk if possible.
    7. PM session starts at 12:30 at your designated location.
    8. This also will be intense and as I have said previously…SIT BY SOMEONE WITH WHOM YOU AREN’T GOING TO HAVE SIDE BAR CONVERSATION !!! If you miss a word or two, it could skew your understanding.

    If I had my way, we would have a late start on Wednesday so that you could have time to digest the day. My suggestion is this: If you have Wed am tutoring, cancel that day and tell kids they will not be coming in before the bell for just that day.

    » Come to school half hour early, close your door and have your lights dimmed.
    » Put a ‘DO NOT DISTURB’ sign on your door and some soft, soothing music on.
    » Take that time to look through your Curriculum Day notes and jot down thoughts, ideas….give yourself some time to reflect and digest, even if it’s just a short time. There are no TEAM meetings that day, use that time also, if possible.

    We are embarking on a new dawn in teaching. Our conversations about what we are doing will change. What we learned before is now background knowledge. We need to think about the delivery of instruction in a different mode for a different generation. Classrooms where you can hear a pin drop are passe’ and our students are actively engaged MOST of the time.

    See you Wednesday, Staff!

My reaction? This is a really "new dawn in teaching." But in the opposite direction!

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