In case you missed it, here are the unedited segments featuring Diane Ravitch from last night’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart. As always, Ravitch nails it!
Special guest: Diane Ravitch, author of Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. It’s the definitive work on the current state of public education and what we must do to stop the “reformers” from ruining it.
Set your DVR. Share it with a friend. Call or email your state legislator (especially if she’s a former student and in charge of the MI House Education Committee) and tell her to watch.
So this happened in the span of ten days at my public high school:
- One of my seniors received a call from Harvard. They want him to pursue a degree at their institution of higher learning.
- One of my students moved out of his home to live with another parent.
- One of my students ran away.
- One of my students moved out of his home to live with another relative.
- One of my students was taken from foster care and sent back to a group home.
Somehow, Common Core is going to help all of these kids “compete in a global economy.” Because it’s a corporation-backed, Race-to-the-Top-baited, never field-tested set of standards that will take care of what’s hurting so many of our students.
High school seniors seeking early admission have just over 48 hours to submit their college applications (and make sure their teachers have written letters of recommendation – like I’m writing tonight). One make-or-break aspect of the application process is the personal essay. I help students edit plenty of these every year, and it’s nice to know that educational consultant Dave Marcus agrees with me on a couple of points:
There are a lot of mistakes, but I would name three of them: 1) They take way too long to start—they warm up their engines I like to say. 2) They are really vague and we don’t get a sense of who they are. 3) A lot of kids feel they have to boast, they have to impress the admissions office—it’s not that way; it’s wrong.
Listen to an interview with Marcus on NPR’s Here and Now, right here, right now. And write tonight!
The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
Presumed Innocent – Scott Turow
The Dog Stars – Peter Heller
After the Funeral – Agatha Christie
Same Difference and Other Stories (graphic novel) – Derek Kirk Kim
Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
Sunrise Over Fallujah – Walter Dean Myers
100 Best Loved Poems
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
Hoot – Carl Hiassen
Pontoon – Garrison Keillor
Wait Till Next Year – Doris Kearns Goodwin
Miss Darcy Falls In Love – Sharon Lathan
Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 1) – John Flanagan
Young Men and Fire – Norman Maclean
Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
Bobcat & Other Stories – Rebecca Lee
The Botany of Desire – Michael Pollan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
The Lighthouse Road – Peter Geye
Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
Enchanted – Alethea Kontis
Wild – Cheryl Strayed
Waiting to Exhale – Terry McMillan
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford
Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
Tales of the City – Armistad Maupin
When I Was Puerto Rican – Esmeralda Santiago
The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman
The Weird Sisters – Eleanor Brown
This Boy’s Life – Tobias Wolfe
Interested book givers can apply beginning Friday, October 24. Share the love of reading by giving away books!
Liisa with two i’s. That was something we’d never seen before. She moved to our district, if memory serves, at the beginning of our freshman year, a pretty blonde girl with big brown eyes and a killer smile. A voice as sweet as the person herself. I’d bet I wasn’t the only 14-year old at FHN who harbored a secret crush on Liisa Rupert.
After many, many years, we became reacquainted via Facebook. I marveled at her talent a couple of years ago during ArtPrize, and made a point of visiting her during this year’s contest. We hugged, chatted about our kids and our lives, and discovered we lived just a few blocks away from each other. Liisa was so excited for her youngest son, who just began his middle school years in a new district. In the five minutes we spent catching up, nothing seemed to have changed. Liisa was still the sweet, warm, beautiful person we knew in high school. My wife didn’t believe me when I told her Liisa and I were the same age.
Liisa lost her life in a car accident Monday morning. So sudden, so unexpected. Liisa’s smile will never fade.
You can see Liisa’s work here. Rest in peace, my friend.