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ICYMI: Memorial Day Weekend 2023 Edition (5/28)
Facebook showed me the pictures I took on Memorial Day 2020. I had missed the usual observances, the marching down our main street for the morning parade, and so I went up and took pictures of the empty park, the empty street. Man, that was a crappy year. Tomorrow we'll be back to normalish. Glad to be there. In the meantime, here's some reading from the week.
Ar EdWeek. The subheading is "But first we need to stop making teachers the Band-Aids for systemic inequalities." So you know they're at least partly on the right track.
Carl Petersen in LA reminds us that charters are as much about real estate as education. Lots of capacity being built, even as demand shrinks.
Maurice Cunningham blogs about more antics of the National Parents Union, aka the Walton-Koch Reformster Astroturf Office.
The Washington Post did some research and number crunching around the issues of book banning, and the results show some stunning facts about the anti-book movement.
Jan Resseger looks at a bill that promises to make a mess out of social studies in Ohio.
Surprise, surprise. Most of these bills are coming from the same place (like voucher bills, etc)
AI has a bias problem (always has). Here Kieran Snyder at Textio talks about how that problem could be addressed (and offers some charts showing how bad and subtle it is).
Jennifer Berkshire at The Nation writes about how some folks are successfully defeating the moral panic that is choking on its own too-much.
The Oregonian reports on the less-than-super showing of the anti-LGBTQ, anti-book crowd.
From KSL in Utah, a look at the problem with, and need for, male teachers. How could Utah (or any other state) do better?
It's Vermont. Rachel Cohen has the story at Vox.
Politico looks at the Maryland governor who decided to take a culture war stand.
Thomas Ultican's review of the Alexandra Robbins book I already told you to go buy, but if you want further convincing...
Yolanda Wheelington talks about one model for helping break down work-life balance for teachers, and why some teachers stay.
Nancy Bailey has some actual science regarding the retention of third graders, and she wants to know why certain science fans don't pay attention.
It's up. Way up. This Axios piece offers a little context, some interpretation, and a graph.
Gregory Sampson's piece took me right back to those final days of the year.
McSweeney's, with a great piece by Ashley Ingle. Fun times.