• The Sacred Cow of Evaluations

    We are all familiar with the expression “sacred cow.” And, if we are perfectly honest, we would have to admit to having a large number of these highly esteemed bovines lumbering through the hallways of most of our schools throughout America. What educational sacred cows come to your mind? Here are just a couple off […]

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  • Don’t Feel Stressed, Feel Supported!

    Some of you may remember a blog I posted back in October in which I detailed the deplorable state of dentistry in our state. At the same time, I announced my intention to run for an open seat on the Oklahoma State Dentistry Board. Based on the positive feedback and high number of views the […]

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  • How Much is a Heap?

    As part of the recent discussion around HB 3398, the “Education Savings Account” Legislation proffered last week by State Representatives Jason Nelson and Tom Newell, the issue of what constitutes adequate public school funding was brought front and center once again. In okeducationtruth’s excellent two-part review of the legislation, a reference was made to a […]

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  • The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy is Mad!

    I’ve been to a lot of School Board meetings over the years. I can honestly say I have never seen or heard about this happening before. Amid all of the hullabaloo surrounding the release of state A-F grades at yesterday’s State BOE Special Meeting, the Board also gave approval to the State Office of Management […]

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  • Disingenuousness by Design

    By miller727@icloud.com December 16, 2013 Uncategorized 8 Comments Late Friday afternoon, the State Department issued a bulletin announcing the long-awaited release of the Proposed Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (OASS). In the announcement, the OSDE posted a link the 238-page document (HERE) for review and public comment through January 14, 2014. I’m ready to comment. […]

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  • Is it Getting Hot in Here or is it Just Me?

    By miller727@icloud.com December 13, 2013 Uncategorized 2 Comments The temperatures may still be quite chilly outside, yet within the smoldering cauldron of school reforms, the temperature is increasing at a steady and predictable pace. In the preview for my series of future posts related to the ruination of the teaching profession by the education deformers, […]

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  • Lies, Half-Truths, and Innuendo

    In my previous post, I spoke at some length on the proclivity of many politicians to use statistics in misleading or dishonest ways in order to support a particular narrative or point of view. When desperate, we have also seen many resort to the use of ad Hominem attacks, half-truths or innuendo in an attempt […]

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  • Public perception of teachers

    Over the last ten years, public school educators have been the target of intense scrutiny and unwarranted criticism from the corporate reformers and certain government officials. We are referred to as “slugs” and dismissed as lazy, uncaring, and overpaid. It doesn’t help that Race to the Top pushes the idea that teachers–not students–are the sole […]

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