An “Open Letter” to the CDE

For those of you not aware what has been happening in Colorado the past few weeks, high-school seniors in Boulder started a mass protest and opt-out movement against the CMAS test seniors were required to take last week. Instead of staying home, these students protested in front of their school; they wrote a letter toContinue reading “An “Open Letter” to the CDE”

Relay for Life: A Survivor’s Story

It’s been five years since Ian was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor: Primary Adenocarcinoma of the Brain. It was rare, one in a hundred million; the tumor had sprouted tentacles, and we didn’t know for sure if we had found it before it had spread; there was no protocol for treatment; there was noContinue reading “Relay for Life: A Survivor’s Story”

Legacy of Love

Mother’s Day 2014 It’s hard to believe that I’m at the half-century mark in my life. As the years pass, I can’t help but reflect on my life and the people who have shaped me and the people I have shaped. As a woman, I have been blessed by loving women in my life. That loveContinue reading “Legacy of Love”

A Student’s Perspective: Common Core: One Size Does Not Fit All

Our students know what they need; we need to find a way to get their voices heard. By Gina Galjour Imagine an education system in which a student’s knowledge is evaluated by a set of fifty questions, a system in which the federal government decides what students need to know at the end of theContinue reading “A Student’s Perspective: Common Core: One Size Does Not Fit All”

Part 2: The Perfect Storm: Common Core, Standardized State Testing, and Teacher Evaluations

The last few weeks I’ve been putting together my thoughts on the current educational system to explain, in detail, why I wrote my resignation letter. Since it was a lengthy post, I decided to split it into two posts: Part 1: “A Brief History on NCLB and Common Core.” Part 2: “The Perfect Storm: Common Core,Continue reading “Part 2: The Perfect Storm: Common Core, Standardized State Testing, and Teacher Evaluations”

Part 1: A Brief History on NCLB and Common Core

The last few weeks I’ve been putting together my thoughts on the current educational system to explain, in detail, why I wrote my resignation letter. Since it was a lengthy post, I decided to split it into two posts: Part 1: “A Brief History on NCLB and Common Core.” Part 2: “The Perfect Storm: CommonContinue reading “Part 1: A Brief History on NCLB and Common Core”

Public Education Has Become un-American

By Ann Snuggs, Guest Blogger It’s been eight years since I walked out of the classroom, thoroughly disgusted with the path taken by the American education system. I seem to remember my term was “travesty” in describing the public schools of that time. From Pauline’s comments, it appears that the problem has gone from bad toContinue reading “Public Education Has Become un-American”

The Faults in Our Education System: A Student’s Perspective

A Student’s Perspective. My students have a lot to say about the current education system. Instead of telling you how they feel, I decided to let them speak for themselves.  By Mariya Pinchuk In a world filled with radiant colors, the students remain black and white; their canvases stripped of all personalization. Confined between fourContinue reading “The Faults in Our Education System: A Student’s Perspective”

Our Not so Magical Education System

New blog category: A Student’s Perspective. My students have a lot to say about the current education system. Instead of telling you how they feel, I decided to let them speak for themselves. Some articles originally appeared in The LHS Revolution (thelhsrevolution.com); others are created specifically for this blog. Their parents have signed permission formsContinue reading “Our Not so Magical Education System”

My Journey into the Spotlight

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. My Resignation Letter went viral through Facebook and Twitter. Within two days of posting the letter on my blog, the Gazette contacted me for an interview; then, KKTV 11 News asked for an interview, followed by Fox News America’s Newsroom before the week was over. A number of radioContinue reading “My Journey into the Spotlight”