Report from Louisiana: Teacher Blues

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It’s been a rough couple of weeks here in Louisiana – at least for me.  Nothing insurmountable, but it seems that it doesn’t take much these days, at this time of year, to throw me off my game. Two weeks ago, after a book signing event, I pulled some papers … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Teacher Blues

Report from Louisiana: The Edwards Teacher Pay Raise

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT  -- With the Louisiana gubernatorial election just six months away, Governor John Bel Edwards is probably not too worried about re-election, but he is covering his bases just in case.  Early in the election cycle he proposed a teacher pay raise, and scant as it is ($1,000 a year), I suppose … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The Edwards Teacher Pay Raise

Dave Dionisi of Children of Compassion CMC 2019

I spoke to Dave Dionisi of Children of Compassion about his group which educates orphans in Africa at the 2019 Catholic Men's Conference at Assumption College in Worcester MA. This is again the type of works that seem to fly under the media but it's the type of work that the devout have done for … Continue reading Dave Dionisi of Children of Compassion CMC 2019

Our Betters Get Busted

by baldilocks Down goes the credentialing system!  Two famous actresses made headlines Tuesday after they were charged in a massive college admissions cheating scheme. But Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were just two of 50 people who were implicated in the scandal. Prosecutors accused more than 30 rich parents — including company executives, a professor, a … Continue reading Our Betters Get Busted

A Version of DaTechGuy’s School Shooting Protection Plan now implemented in Florida

A while back I made the following suggestion to stop school shootings cold. A while back I made the following suggestion to stop school shootings cold. I propose local chapters of the VFW and the American Legion put out a call for volunteers to find men willing to guard local schools and see if any … Continue reading A Version of DaTechGuy’s School Shooting Protection Plan now implemented in Florida

Voyage to the Edge

by baldilocks Sailing the ocean blue. A group of people who believe the Earth is flat have announced their “biggest, boldest, best adventure yet”: a Flat Earth cruise scheduled for 2020. The cruise, organized by the Flat Earth International Conference, promises to be a lovely time. Flat earthers – who include the rapper B.o.B. [JAO: don’t ask because … Continue reading Voyage to the Edge

Report from Louisiana: My Students Learned to Love to Read

By:  Pat Austin The end of our first semester is upon us and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my classroom reading project that I began this year and to provide an update since so many of you donated money or sent books to my classroom. Over the summer I read Donalyn … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: My Students Learned to Love to Read

Report from Louisiana: ELA Teachers told to Remove Novels from Classrooms

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- One of the unintended consequences of Common Core (or whatever your state’s iteration of Common Core is) has been an attack on the classroom library and independent reading. In the move to implement a “Tier 1 curriculum,” the first thing to go is anything that does not align with that … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: ELA Teachers told to Remove Novels from Classrooms

Report from Louisiana: Random Thoughts

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Some random thoughts this week: Book Reviews:  I’ve finished reading two books this week: What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren, and Educated by Tara Westover.  Both have been books that leave what I call a book-hangover, which is to say that they were both so good that it’s been … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Random Thoughts

Report from Louisiana: Are we destroying reading?

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I read with interest the post by Baldilocks about the kids in the United Kingdom who can’t tell time.  It seems difficult to believe, doesn’t it?  But, it’s true and it’s true here in America too.  I teach in an American high school and I have kids who can’t tell … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Are we destroying reading?

The United Kingdom is Out of Time

by baldilocks Shakespeare wept And in other news regarding the downfall of the UK … Schools are removing analogue clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head teachers’ union has said. Teachers are now installing digital devices after pupils sitting their GCSE and A-level exams complained that they were … Continue reading The United Kingdom is Out of Time

Let’s Beat this Common Core Drum One More Time

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Can I just beat this drum one more time? Let’s talk about the American public school system just once more, because I’m just not seeing the outrage that I would expect to see if parents really knew what was going on in classrooms with regard to curriculum. In the first … Continue reading Let’s Beat this Common Core Drum One More Time

Report from Louisiana: Ditch the Textbooks

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Textbook? Or not textbook?  With apologies to William Shakespeare, that is the question in public education. Some school districts are ditching textbooks; case in point, consider the Life Sciences Secondary School in Manhattan who threw away copies of math, science, and ELA texts as well as copies of Romeo and … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Ditch the Textbooks

Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Association of Developmental Education, We talk Students and Math

The Gaylord National Harbor is a pretty big place so just like Last year there are several other events, conventions, even an NFL players event, overlapping either fully or partially with CPAC 2018. Last year you might remember I conducted a few interviews (and had a memorable intellectual confrontations during DaTechGuy's midnight court) with such … Continue reading Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Association of Developmental Education, We talk Students and Math

Is Social Media Working for You or Against You?

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  As a high school educator I have spent the last several years of my career lamenting the distraction that is social media in the classroom.  When I started teaching twenty-two years ago I didn’t own a cell phone.  Not many of my students did either and at that time I … Continue reading Is Social Media Working for You or Against You?