Roll Call: Education Stories of Note 6.10.14

Principals need help, says shocking new study

1. Tim Rogers says pretty much everything I want to say about the Keller ISD mess.

2. McKinney ISD students to get sweet laptops. One of the concerns addressed is making sure the teachers know how to use the machines, which reminds me of the first one minute of this Southpark clip, to which I will link but not embed because SO NSFW. (Also, quick tangent: Listened to a guy give a speech last year where he talked about how half the free computers sent to his overseas teachers/classrooms went unopened, because the teachers were afraid to look ignorant in front of their kids. Bonus info!)

3. The Bush Institute says principals need better support. In related shocking news, teachers are underpaid, you shouldn’t take education advice from comedians, and you probably shouldn’t take sex-ed from George Will.


  • Principal T

    I am a principal. I read the library’s “Great Principals at Scale.” It took me a great amount of time to look past the mistakes. The one I could not and the one that puts me in shock no one has picked up on is on page 15. Bush’s people claim 44 states and DC have common core. It is 43 states. There is no highlight on the states that only use part of CC either.

    My big issue: If you are going to tell me and my district how to run things and what “district conditions” to create, you better know the conditions you created. The Bush people (Spellings and her Akin Gump cronies Beth Ann Bryan and Sandy Kress who lobby for the testing companies that ruined the STAAR) made CC. They cannot even reference the correct amount of states. At least Google before telling actual educators how to do their jobs. Then focus on spelling and maybe even grammar.