Three Noteworthy Articles

Important articles on burnout, school choice/privatization, and the outlook for California school budgets.

I will be meeting with Superintendent Rosas later today and do not have time to write up detailed comments about the following three articles that I found in my Twitter feed.  Nonetheless, I want to call them to your attention today.

The first article is not the way I usually like to start my day.  It is a depressing article on burnout in the medical profession.  Unfortunately I also see this happening in teaching and even among students, but more on that later.  Similar societal trends are impacting everyone to different degrees; perhaps we need some major “quiet time” to reflect on our lives over the holidays…

The second article is from Diane Ravitch’s blog commenting on the incoming Trump administration’s education policies regarding school vouchers and charter schools.  Her source for this article is the Washington Post.  The article describes the real threats to public education and democratically elected school boards from the moves towards school privatization.  One might ask, and she does not, why does the charter movement keep making gains?  Is it really due only to a nefarious cabal of billionaires who want to bust the teachers unions?!?  Again, more on this topic later…

The final article is a new report on the outlook for California school budgets. The near-term outlook is good, but several important factors create long-term uncertainties, particularly rising pension costs which are soaking up one quarter to one third of school revenues.

On this cheery note, have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Author: David Kristofferson

Retired scientist, teacher, bioinformatician, IT director, software product manager, AAAS Fellow, avid cyclist (7690 miles and 724,300 feet of climbing in 2015), backpacker, you name it! Current avocation is tutoring high school students near San Mateo, CA in mathematics, physics and chemistry. Please see the Bio link in the right sidebar for my detailed background information.

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