Would love to know your take on the following…

  1. Writing about the J.Lo and Shakira half-time performance, USA Today columnist Gil Smart wrote: “I’m an old coot. I’ll take the musicianship of the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, and Bruno Mars over spectacle and backup dancers any day of the week… But times change. There was nothing about the half-time show that shocked from a cultural standpoint. Our culture, after all, is marinated in sex, with hardcore porn easily available on those smartphones you all give your kids…
  2. “For nearly two decades, the ‘reformers’ had promised a dramatic transformation in American education based on their strategy of high-stakes testing, teachers evaluated by test scores, charter schools, and closing low-scoring public schools. They confidently claimed they knew the answers to all the vexing problems in education… But the investment of billions of dollars of federal, state, local, and philanthropic dollars, their malign efforts came up empty… The fake ‘reformers’ failed.” ~ Diane Ravitch, education historian, author, blogger
  3. “Research is thin on whether teachers take more sick time than other professionals; one analysis rated them 6th on a list of 14 fields, missing .39 days on average each month. Studies show, however, that teachers’ workplaces rate among the ‘germiest,’ and that they’re more likely than people in other professions to get respiratory illnesses.” ~ Catherin Gewertz & Sarah Schwartz, Education Week
  4. ”Many of the attributes that make good teachers are the very thing that Artificial Intelligence or other technology fails to emulate: inspiring students, building positive school and class climates, resolving conflicts, creating connection and belonging, seeing the world from the perspective of individual students, and mentoring and coaching students. These things represent the heart of a teacher’s work and cannot—and should not—be automated.” ~ McKinsey & Co., a consulting firm
  5. “Overwhelmingly what students tell me is the following, and I’m not necessarily saying this is the best way to authenticate resources—the librarians are probably going to have a heart attack—but this is the way students are being taught. What students will tell me is that they never use a dot.com, they don’t trust dot.coms; that dot.orgs are okay; a dot.edu is the best, and you shouldn’t really even trust the dot.govs.” ~ Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow