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

Proposed Republican Tax Bill Hits Teachers

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I haven’t poured through the proposed Republican tax plan but I did get far enough to see that teachers will be losing their $250 per year tax credit should it pass unscathed. The tax bill proposed by Republican leaders yesterday scraps a benefit that many teachers have come to rely … Continue reading Proposed Republican Tax Bill Hits Teachers

Is National Teachers Day this Generation’s VE Day?

Yesterday was VE Day an unofficial holiday when we remember those who risked their lives for the good of society fighting in Europe in WW 2. Oddly that day made me think of National Teachers day which was May 5th. To most this might seem odd.  National Teachers day would be a day to remember … Continue reading Is National Teachers Day this Generation’s VE Day?

Parent, Heal Thyself

by Linda Szugyi My experience with education is a love/hate relationship.  In elementary school, I loved getting 'A's, reading books, and writing poetry.  (I wanted to be a poet when I grew up.)  I remember adoring the standardized test at the end of the year.  It was so exciting:  the solemnity, the necessity of filling the bubbles neatly, the fun … Continue reading Parent, Heal Thyself

How to Fix the American Education System

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT - The state of education in the United States today is troublesome.  One report after another comes across the wires:  stressed out teachers are disengaged with their work, teachers are overworked and burned out, and apparently we have ineffective teachers in our low-performing schools.  Go figure. Is any of this news … Continue reading How to Fix the American Education System

“Traditional Grading” vs “Esteem Grading” in Atlanta

"But 'glory' doesn't mean 'a nice knock-down argument'," Alice objected. "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty … Continue reading “Traditional Grading” vs “Esteem Grading” in Atlanta