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So I have a bit of a confession to make: I’m addicted to reality television. While I can’t quote a “Seinfeld” episode or a Monty Python movie to save my life — and while I’ve never seen “Caddyshack,” “Airplane” or half the “Star Wars” trilogies — I have spent hundreds of hours watching “Ax Men,” “Swamp People,” “Flying Wild Alaska,” “Pawn Stars,” “Deadliest Catch,” “Dance Moms,” “Say Yes to the Dress” and “Ice Road Truckers.”
A part of me knows that should be embarrassing to admit.[…] Continue Reading »
I got an interesting phone call from my mom the other day. Like most of America, she has been swept up in the stories of the cheating scandal in the Atlanta Public Schools. “How could teachers do that kind of thing?” she asked. “It’s shameful.”
The answer to her question is actually pretty simple: Teachers cheat on standardized tests because the stakes are ridiculously high.[…] Continue Reading »
Ready for a quirky admission: I read Gawker, the slightly tawdry, pseudo-news site with the subtitle, “Today’s Gossip is Tomorrow’s News,” almost every night.
I know. I know. Gawker is nothing more than reality TV for the Web, and I’m probably frying brain cells every time that I waste my time there.
But a few weeks back, I stumbled across an article that actually has me thinking about our nation’s efforts to recruit and retain teachers.[…] Continue Reading »