Before the days of Reading First, and NCLB, and all the fraudulent “reforms” that came to education, you had initiatives for site-based decision making and having more democratic input from stakeholders (parents, teachers, etc.) These came because of initiatives started by our unions. Now school site councils are a rubber-stamp for decisions made at district hq, which are based mainly on the input of handful of consultants selling the “new” thing. Things were not perfect, but they were heading in the direction we’ve always wanted from our schools, being a community resource and a democratic institution, not job training centers for future workers. School can be so much more than that. They once were. They could be again.
You can’t ask them to think about text that gives them nothing to think about…
2:44 pm , November 10 , 2013
Howdy! I teach sixth grade at an elementary school in Sacramento, CA. I started my career in Oakland, Ca, and moved here to Sacramento in 2001.
My goals are:
- To reflect on how I am teaching, and how effective my practices are;
- To reflect on my profession, and how effective various practices are;
- To understand the political and cultural context that we teach in; and,
- To network with other like-minded educators.
To help me reach my goals, I use this blog as a place for me to reflect on best practices, and the practices I’m (trying to) putting in place in my classroom.
I can be contacted here.