Report from Louisiana: Back to School

Hold a kind thought for teachers in the next few weeks as we head back to school. In our district, we start tomorrow – two days of motivational and procedural in-service training (again) and then kids mid-week. This will be year 24 for me and I’m pretty in-serviced out, if you know what I mean, … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Back to School

Struggling with Common Core

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- I am struggling with the Common Core ELA curriculum.  We’ve been talking about Common Core nationally for several years now but it has only this year actually trickled down into my high school classroom with the new, mandated Louisiana Believes curriculum which is hosted on Learnzillion. Apparently what “Louisiana believes” … Continue reading Struggling with Common Core

The only right answer is to end the Department of Education

Here's a pop quiz for all you students at every level. It doesn't matter whether you're in school today or if you're simply a student of life (as we all should be until we die). Since Jimmy Carter brought us the Department of Education, what has been the positive impact it's had on our students, … Continue reading The only right answer is to end the Department of Education

Colleges: The battleground that will shape the philosophy of our nation’s future (and present)

There's an old saying that makes its rounds at law schools across the country. The most talented law students become lawyers and eventually judges. Those who can't make it as lawyers become professors. While this is meant as a derogatory statement students make about their law professors, there's a bit of truth in it. No, … Continue reading Colleges: The battleground that will shape the philosophy of our nation’s future (and present)

How Earning a Degree Can Shape Your Future

If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to pursue your degree with the masters of science in nursing online curriculum program, then it may be helpful to learn about the ways it can shape your future. Earning a degree is nothing to take lightly. It requires a lot of hard work and … Continue reading How Earning a Degree Can Shape Your Future

Is the Online MBA Really Worth It?

Let me start this post by answering that question with a big YES. Online MBA courses are now the most popular courses in education, with thousands of new students enrolling to get their master’s degrees. You don’t need to worry about the online MBA education not meeting the standards set by companies looking for new … Continue reading Is the Online MBA Really Worth It?

Part-time Hobbies That Can Help Your Degree and Career

The three or four years you spend working towards a degree, is likely to be a tough. You will have your work cut out juggling coursework, a social life, and maintaining links with family and friends back home. Then there are the other things you need to do regularly, such as eat and sleep. No … Continue reading Part-time Hobbies That Can Help Your Degree and Career

Give Homeschoolers a Break

Amid talk of vouchers and charter schools, the Trump administration should consider significant tax breaks for homeschoolers. The reasons for homeschooling vary. Some parents want to emphasize a religious education for their children. Others want to avoid the left-leaning indoctrination of public schools. Still others face inadequate or unsafe schools. According to the National Home … Continue reading Give Homeschoolers a Break

The Comedy that is Edgewood College

Leonard Hofstadter: Got any advice? Beverly Hofstadter: Yes. Buck up. Leonard Hofstadter: Excuse me - you're a world-renowned expert in parenting and child development, and all you've got is "buck up"? Beverly Hofstadter: Sorry. Buck up, Sissy Pants. The Big Bang Theory The Skank Reflex Analysis 2011 A few days ago we had a sponsored … Continue reading The Comedy that is Edgewood College

Report from Louisiana: Dealing with Election Fallout in Schools

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I’ve been teaching high school for twenty years and I’ve never seen students so tuned in to a national election before. I teach in a high-poverty, inner city school with a very large ethnic population. We have a large number of black kids, Hispanic kids, Muslim kids, and then white … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Dealing with Election Fallout in Schools

Question 2: The Polling and the Stats driving the Charter School Argument

As a general rule there are not a lot of reasons for conservatives in Massachusetts to smile come election time but WCVB polls on Question 2, the expansion of charter schools in the state is an exception: On charter schools, 49 percent of likely voters support the question and 39 percent oppose, with 12 percent unsure. … Continue reading Question 2: The Polling and the Stats driving the Charter School Argument

Teaching the Test

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT  -- The state of public education in America is frightening.  I say this as someone on the front lines of education and as one who has been teaching in an urban area high school for twenty years. I love my job, but trust me when I tell you that if Bel … Continue reading Teaching the Test

Why homeschooling is an issue that affects every conservative whether they do it or not

There's a voting block that has received nearly zero attention this election year from the Presidential candidates. Hillary Clinton doesn't have to say much because her progressive perspectives are natural and assumed. Donald Trump has mentioned it one time in a single sentence in 16 months. Gary Johnson has oddly avoided it altogether. Homeschooling families, … Continue reading Why homeschooling is an issue that affects every conservative whether they do it or not

Restorative Justice in the Classroom: A New Method of Discipline

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I’ve been watching the new HBO series Vice Principals.  As a twenty-year educator, I see a lot of people I “know” in the show; it’s a dark comedy about life in a large high school, but unlike other series that have been set in high schools, this one isn’t about … Continue reading Restorative Justice in the Classroom: A New Method of Discipline

Denver Day Three Part 1: Panels and speakers

After a pleasant reception at the end of day 2 for attendees on Day three in Denver the Franklin Center event began in earnest with the speakers. It started with a presentation from the Colorado League of Charter Schools which documented the improvements in Denver since the rise of Charter Schools. The fact that if … Continue reading Denver Day Three Part 1: Panels and speakers