When the GOP won control of both houses in the North Carolina General Assembly in the elections of 2010, it was the first time that the Republicans had that sort of power since 1896. Add to that the election of Pat McCrory as governor in 2012, and the GOP has been able to run through … Continue reading North Carolina’s Playbook to Dismantle Public Education
Many of you remember from 2014 a letter that Sen. David Curtis wrote to a young teacher that admonished her for even asking politicians to help public education. I wrote him back. You can revisit that exchange here if you would like - https://dianeravitch.net/2014/05/20/a-teacher-in-north-carolina/. He's back. Better than ever. So... I wrote him again. As pen … Continue reading He’s Back! Open Letter to Sen. David Curtis – Why do you not support public schools?
A colleague of mine received the following entreaty from the governor today. I thought it worth posting and looking at. Here it is. What can I say? Only that I'm deeply disappointed by what the ACLU, Roy Cooper and President Obama have done to force schools to allow boys and girls to share restrooms … Continue reading What McCrory sent a friend of mine. Take a look.
Dear Sen. Newton, I read with great disappointment reports of your anti-gay sentiments at a pro-HB2 rally in Raleigh on April 26th. According to an Associated Press release in the Winston-Salem Journal you were quoted as inciting a crowd with the following words: "Tell your friends and family who had to work today what this … Continue reading Open Letter to Sen. Buck Newton – Damn Straight!
The North Carolina General Assembly began the 2016 short session today and there were many North Carolinians who were in our capitol to meet them. No doubt much of the rhetoric coming from those in power will be full of double-speak, subtle or severe spin, and void of straight-forward talk about real issues at hand … Continue reading Hyperbole, North Carolina – On the Corner of Exaggeration Avenue and Understatement Boulevard
The GOP-led NC legislature’s 2013 decision to end graduate degree pay bumps for new teachers entering the teaching profession was not only misguided, but another wave in the assault on public education here in the Old North State. I confess there exist numerous studies that have shown that advanced degrees do not correlate with higher … Continue reading NCGA Should Reinstall Pay Bumps For Teachers, Dammit
It's been a productive week as far as writing. In case you did not get a chance to read or were ignoring my posts, or you were under a heavy rock for the wee, here are some links. https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/04/23/kicking-and-kissing-butt-taking-names-and-saving-face/ https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/04/21/mccrorys-visit-with-chuck-todd-the-art-of-the-non-answer-and-meeting-the-reality/ https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/04/20/literature-assignment-for-the-general-assembly-you-cant-use-sparknotes-to-learn-about-others/ https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/04/18/legivangelists-and-others-who-praise-the-lard/ I also had a piece posted on EdNC.org. Check it out and go … Continue reading Week in Review for April 18-24 – Legivangilists, Kissing Butt, Summer Reads, and Meet The Press
Yes. This teacher wants a raise. I think that we deserve more compensation for the job that we as public school teachers do, especially in light that we rank very low in teacher pay compared to the surrounding states (or even the nation). Ever since the great recession hit and our pay scale was frozen … Continue reading Kicking or Kissing Butt, Taking Names, and Saving Face
Gov. Pat McCrory finally tried to answer some questions on the HB2 bill on Sunday with Chuck Todd on NBC. Ironic that a man who has evaded all questions from the press concerning the HB2 bill actually went on a national show called Meet The Press. However, when asked the very questions that many … Continue reading McCrory’s Visit With Chuck Todd – The Art of the “Non-Answer” and Meeting the Reality
In a day and age where STEM-linked educational initiatives are heavily marketed in the educational and political arenas, it is sometimes hard for this English teacher to not want to reiterate that a study of literature is just as vital. Furthermore, looking and reflecting on great works of literature is a genuine way to study … Continue reading Literature Assignment for the General Assembly – You Can’t Use Sparknotes to Learn About Others