Thursday, March 30, 2006

New sanctions for No School's Behind Left


In a recent press release, the Federal Department of Education has announced a new investigative procedure for all schools failing to meet AYP under No School's Behind Left.

When asked about how this particular investigative procedure had application to education Mrs. Spellings expounded on the topic.

"I think my previous background as a proctologist has uniquely qualified me for this position of overseeing the schools who fail to make adequate yearly progress. These procedures aren't meant to be overly invasive and schools shouldn't take offense. We are just here to help. We haven't even taken the gloves off yet," she said with a smile.

With content provided by - Annie of course

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Fewer choose teaching

Accoring to stateline.org:

Classroom enrollment is up in most parts of the country and so is the demand for public school teachers. But many states report that fewer people are choosing to become teachers -- a trend that could lead to a national teacher shortage crisis, especially if baby boomers, who make up the largest age group in the profession, begin retiring en masse.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Brain drain in education

EdWonk posts a story today explaining why a Math teacher with 12 years experience leaves the classroom for private industry.

The contracts that education unions have negotiated across America (and schools boards have agreed to!) are heavily weighted toward seniority. When I was teaching I tried as hard as I could but I couldn't seem to get older any faster.

In recent years we have had this scenario happen with several Math teachers who left for greener pastures.