Into the Shark Tank…

Dangerously wading into the teacher evaluation controversy.

Earlier today on Diane Ravitch’s blog, she posted an alert that the State of Utah was going to base teacher pay on teaching evaluations, and that this would be a terrible idea.

Diane Ravitch is nationally known; she was initially in the Bush Administration, but later turned against the No Child Left Behind Act and has written extensively on its problems.  She also opposes the expansion of charter schools because they drain money away from public schools often in an unaccountable, possibly corrupt, fashion.  I agree with some, but not all, of her positions.

I may get my head handed to me on silver platter, but I submitted the following comment to the post.  The comment was in the moderation queue for a while but went live around 3 PM PDT.

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Raising Local Teacher Salaries (part 2)

San Mateo / Foster City School District salaries have not been competitive with nearby districts for years. This discussion (part two) is an attempt to understand and address this issue. This part contains a response from SMFCSD Superintendent Rosas.

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Raising Local Teacher Salaries (part 1)

San Mateo / Foster City School District salaries have not been competitive with nearby districts for years. This discussion (part one) is an attempt to understand and address this issue.

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What’s Active?


IMPORTANT ARTICLES RELATED TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK:

While the articles in this special section are off my usual topic of educational issues, I was a scientist previously and manager of two NIH-funded national projects for molecular biology computing in the early days of the Human Genome Project (BIONET and GenBank – see my bio below).  I felt that this was extremely important information to get out to the public.

I have also been working with several local medical professionals to evaluate recent news from The Lancet medical journal.

THE TOPIC OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS STILL A HYPOTHESIS, but it will take some time to confirm or refute it.  People on these medications should take prudent social distancing measures in the interim.  There is no current consensus to change your medications however, and stopping blood pressure medication can be dangerous.

And finally from early March 2020:


 

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Most Important Articles for new Visitors to this Blog

  1. Raising our Children – American Society Reflects our Values and Choices
  2. SMUHSD Class Sign-up Time – Please Read This First!
  3. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  4. Never Believe Educational Experts (or Me)!
  5. “Mutual Assured Destruction”
  6. My SMUHSD Board Report on NGSS – A Lot of People of Good Will Trying to Deal with a Tough Problem
  7. Info from UC Berkeley confirms why students should not skip from Precalculus to Calculus BC
  8. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series
  9. Why Can’t We Teach Mathematics Properly?
  10. A Hole in the Aragon Math Curriculum
  11. How Students are “Accelerating” in Math at Aragon
  12. How to Interest Kids in Science, Engineering, and Math
  13. How to Get in to Harvard

 

Recent Topics

(Click on any topic title below for all articles in that category in reverse chronological order – only the most recent or important articles are listed below)

Education News

  1. Nancy Bailey: There Can Be No “Science of Reading” When Libraries and Librarians Are Disappearing
  2. These are some of the Questions that I Want Answered about Coronavirus!
  3. SF Chronicle: Chaos at SF’s Aptos Middle School
  4. Prepared?
  5. Raising our Children – American Society Reflects our Values and Choices
  6. What Kind of Society do We Want to Have? (plus an important addendum on “Back to School Night” and textbooks)
  7. 6 Dutch parenting secrets to raising the happiest kids in the world
  8. California’s Charter School Morass
  9. Why a “Sage on the Stage” in a Classroom is not always a Bad Thing
  10. My SMUHSD Board Report on NGSS – A Lot of People of Good Will Trying to Deal with a Tough Problem
  11. How the College Admissions Scandal was Uncovered

 

Issues in Teaching Mathematics     

  1. Guest Article: Why I Oppose the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
  2. Why a “Sage on the Stage” in a Classroom is not always a Bad Thing
  3. Senior Dilemma: What to Take – AP Statistics or Calculus BC?
  4. Aragon Accelerated Math Class Drop Rate Controversy Has Been Resolved
  5. Alarmingly High Drop Rate for Aragon’s Accelerated Math Classes??
  6. How Students are “Accelerating” in Math at Aragon
  7. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 2 – AP Statistics
  8. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 1 – Precalculus (with an aside on Multivariable Calculus)
  9. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series
  10. Why is 10^0 = 1 ???
  11. Why Can’t We Teach Mathematics Properly?

 

AP Class Crisis

  1. SMUHSD Class Sign-up Time – Please Read This First!
  2. Prepared?
  3. Raising our Children – American Society Reflects our Values and Choices
  4. 2019-2020 High School Class Sign-up Time – Please Read This Article First!
  5. Senior Dilemma: What to Take – AP Statistics or Calculus BC?
  6. Aragon Accelerated Math Class Drop Rate Controversy Has Been Resolved
  7. Alarmingly High Drop Rate for Aragon’s Accelerated Math Classes??
  8. NGSS Impact on the 2018 SMUHSD AP Physics 1 Scores?
  9. How Students are “Accelerating” in Math at Aragon
  10. The Fine Art of Delay – An Open Letter to the SMUHSD Board
  11. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 3 – Physics
  12. “Mutual Assured Destruction”
  13. Attention SMUHSD Parents! State Mandated Testing Negatively Impacts Aragon’s Physics Program
  14. Taking the Fight to Harvard
  15. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  16. A Hole in the Aragon Math Curriculum
  17. very unfortunate local test practice that I think is hurting students.
  18. How to Interest Kids in Science, Engineering, and Math.
  19. Confirmation from UC Berkeley on problems with AP classes

 

Teacher Salaries

  1. Before You Vote on Upcoming School Ballot Measures, Please Read This!
  2. IMPORTANT – SMFCSD Seeks Community Input on School Finances
  3. “I’ve Ended Many School Days Crying in My Car”
  4. SMFCSD Settles Contract Dispute with Teachers, But What Comes Next???
  5. SM Daily Journal: Battle over teacher pay gets worse

 

College Admissions

  1. How to get in to Harvard
  2. How the College Admissions Scandal was Uncovered
  3. SAT Test Prep Recommendations

 

Top Ten Most Read Articles

  1. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series
  2. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  3. Guest Article: Why I Oppose the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
  4. Senior Dilemma: What to Take – AP Statistics or Calculus BC?
  5. Critical Warnings re AP Classes
  6. Info from UC Berkeley confirms why students should not skip from Precalculus to Calculus BC
  7. Hypothetical Link between some widely used Blood Pressure Medications and Increased Sensitivity to COVID-19 Infection.
  8. Why Can’t We Teach Mathematics Properly?
  9. How to Get in to Harvard
  10. How Students are “Accelerating” in Math at Aragon

 

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AP Exam Questions on Chapter Tests?!?

AP Exam questions should not be used on chapter tests early in the school year except possibly as extra credit. This practice of using “trick questions” too early damages students’ confidence when they are trying to master material for the first time.

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Critical Warnings re AP Classes

Extremely important information about high school AP math and science courses gained from “bitter experience.” Parents and incoming students should carefully study this article BEFORE they sign up for classes each year.

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