- Dr. James Arnold is a product of public education. A native of Sunflower County MS, he graduated from Provine HS in Jackson MS in 1970, Ole Miss in 1974 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, Ole Miss again with a Masters in Music in 1977 and the University of Alabama in 1993 with an Ed. D in Secondary Education. He served Lamar County AL as band director grades 6-12 from 1974–1991 and moved to Columbus GA as Director of Bands at Columbus HS in 1991. After the CHS band grew from 27 members to 225 in 1995, he was named Assistant Principal at Shaw HS, Principal at Shaw in 2001 and Superintendent of Pelham City Schools in 2010. He is a published author, has written 7 children’s books and contributes regularly to the Atlanta Journal and Washington Post on educational matters.
- Anne Tenaglia’s blog Teacher’s Lessons Learned is about lessons learned as a teacher. Sometimes the lessons come from failures and sometimes from successes, from students, parents, teachers, or “outsiders.” Anne recently retired after 37 years teaching in urban Philadelphia. She’s also published It Wasn’t in the Lesson Plan: Easy Lessons Learned the Hard Way
- Arthur H. Camins is the Director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at the Stevens Institute of Technology where he leads the Center’s curriculum, professional development and research work. He writes about issues related to education policy and STEM education.
- Gerri Songer’s blog We Are More offers information intended to support teachers, public schools, and public education in America. Gerri is the Education Chair of the District 214 Education Association and she has 23-years’ experience working with both special education and general education students at the secondary level.
- Paul Thomas hosts The Becoming Radical. He taught high school English in rural South Carolina before moving to teacher education where he’s an Associate Professor of Education at Furman University, Greenville, SC. He’s also the author of several books that may be found through his Amazon author’s page @ P. L. Thomas.
- Russ Walsh hosts Russ on Reading where he discusses sound literacy instruction, support for teachers and defends public education.
- Leonie Haimson is the Executive Director of Class Size Matters and a NYC public school parent for 15 years. She hosts NYC Public School Parents.
- Guy Brandenburg hosts GFBrandenburg’s Blog: Just a Blog by a Guy who’s a Retired Math Teacher
- Ralph Ratto is an elementary school teacher just trying to do the right thing. He hosts Opine I will.
- Dave Greene is a former High School Social Studies teacher and coach in The Bronx, Greenburgh, NY and Scarsdale, NY. He has been an adjunct for Fordham University, mentoring Teach For Americans in the Bronx. He is a staff member of WISE Services, an advisor to the Foundation For Male Studies, a HS football coach, and is the treasurer of Save Our Schools March. Dave is also the author of Doing the Right Thing: A Teacher Speaks, and hosts DCGEducator: Doing the Right Thing.
- Ken Bernstein posts at the Daily Kos and says that only a quarter of what he publishes there is on education.
- Marie Corfield is a mother, artist, teacher, education activist, former NJ State Legislature candidate—that teacher in that Chris Christie You Tube video (below)—writes about education, poverty, politics, women’s issues, social justice and lives in a world gone strange.
- Leonard Isenberg writes at PerDaily.com: public education reform. He’s a second generation teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District who has earned three college degrees: a BA in European History from UCLA; a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Golden Gate University and a Masters in Education from UCLA.
- Jonathan Lovell hosts a site that discusses the difference between meaningful and ill-conceived educational reform. Jonathan is a trainer of teachers of English specializing in the teaching of writing. Visit Amazon to discover the two books on education that Lovell coauthored. He also hosts a blog at Jonathan’s EduTalk.
Lovell recommends Tom Newkirk’s Holding On to Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones: Six Literary Principles Worth Fighting For and his 2013 Postscript: Speaking Back to the Common Core
- Susan DuFresne and Katie Lapham co-author the Blog Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates. Their mission is to create a dialogue with Bill and Melinda Gates in order to achieve a democratic influence on public education through the voices of education researchers, professors of education,administrators, school board members, professional teachers, parents, students, and community members.
This is a film about the impact of poverty and corporate education reform on children.
Apple is giving 5 week trained TFA’s a free iPad, not to professional teachers with BA, MA, or National Board Cert Teachers.
- Stu Bloom retired in 2010 after teaching for 35 years in Indiana public schools. He taught grades K through 6 and was a Reading Specialist/Reading Recovery teacher. He Blogs at Live Long and Prosper… and Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education.
How does Finland teach their children? Through Trust!
Stu Bloom wants to look closely at what’s happening in our schools and try to determine why it’s the politicians who are determining the curriculum and teaching methods. He wants to figure out why teachers have become the enemy to so many Americans and what he can do to rectify that misconception. He wants to help re-make the public schools in the US into places where children learn and teachers teach and discover the joy of that interaction. Stu wants to figure out ways to make readers and thinkers out of students … and he wants to find ways to help them let go of the pain of failure and learn to enjoy learning.
Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).
His third book is Crazy is Normal, a classroom exposé, a memoir. “Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult.” – Bruce Reeves
Lofthouse’s first novel was the award winning historical fiction My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. His second novel was the award winning thriller Running with the Enemy. His short story A Night at the “Well of Purity” was named a finalist of the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards. His wife is Anchee Min, the international, best-selling, award winning author of Red Azalea, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (1992).
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May 10, 2014 at 02:30
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June 4, 2014 at 22:25
Well, it’s obvious that these people who are standing up for teachers are not members of the GOP’s radical Tea Party faction. I had no idea how bad teachers were being treated. This is a crime. Obama should be impeached. Congress should resign and the U.S. hold all new elections. Those billionaires like Bill Gates should be arrested for treason and crimes against humanity. And when they are convicted, their fortunes should be taken away from them and given to the public schools they attacked with their lies.
June 5, 2014 at 05:23
Thanks. “Crimes against humanity” sounds right. We could throw in fraud, slander and libel too. They have libeled 3.3 million public school teachers.
June 9, 2014 at 07:43
Very nice post. I certainly appreciate this site. Keep it up!
June 9, 2014 at 18:32
Nice resource about the war going on over teaching our children. Thanks
June 10, 2014 at 05:51
June 11, 2014 at 05:51
Thanks. Until recently I had no idea how bad teachers were being treated even by our own elected governments. This is horrible. I say, vote them all out and lock up the idiots.
June 11, 2014 at 05:57
The people behind this have too much money to ever end up in prison or jail. Did you read recently about the billionaire who has ended up in court more than once for molesting children. His latest victim was a twelve year old, and he will go to jail—-for four months. The average sentence for a twenty year old who has sex with a consenting 17 year old in states where 18 is the legal age for a woman, that twenty year old man will probably go to jail for twenty years, because he didn’t have a billion dollars to buy the best lawyers.
June 12, 2014 at 21:06
I do not even know how I ended up on this page, but I’m glad I did. I was looking for information about the Vegara trial. I can’t believe the verdict. I hope it gets overturned on appeal.
June 13, 2014 at 05:21
I think the future of our democracy depends on saving the public schools from the fake education reformers.
June 13, 2014 at 12:04
Really appreciated reading this post. When is your next one being released?
June 13, 2014 at 18:38
1. my next book
2. my next post
My next book will be out soon. It’s a teacher’s memoir covering the year where I kept a detailed daily journal. It’s called “Crazy is Normal”.
June 20, 2014 at 23:18
After reading a number of posts from several of the blogs listed on this page, I appreciate the information. I had no idea how bad it was for teachers and who was causing all this trouble for them—I hope Bill Gates rots in hell for eternity. I’ll be careful who I vote for from now on and return here to keep up with what’s really going on.
Why don’t these greedy bastards leave the children alone?
June 21, 2014 at 06:26
To answer your question: because they are greedy bastards who are narcissists, sociopaths and/or psychopaths and have no empathy for the suffering of others, even children. Money and what money can buy is their god and they will crush anyone who gets in their way.
The fake education reformers—all of them—are no different than the Wolf of Wallstreet, a film based on a real person.
Gerri K. Songer
July 2, 2014 at 07:16
Thank you Lloyd!
July 2, 2014 at 14:42
July 8, 2014 at 17:17
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July 10, 2014 at 23:11
Thank for this resource page. I’m going to be spending time reading all of these people to educate myself on what’s really happening to public education. I won’t believe anything I hear from the media anymore.
July 11, 2014 at 08:11
Thank you. Good!
July 15, 2014 at 13:24
Good resource to find information about Common Core and the war on public education. It’s sad that there isn’t more information about this from the media.
July 15, 2014 at 17:10
It is a shame but understandable when 90% of the traditional news media is owned by the same people funding the war against the public schools. Ninety percent of the media is owned by six corporations. For instance, Rupert Murdock is the CEO of News Corp, the second largest media empire on the planet. Fox news is part of Media Corp.
August 29, 2014 at 05:41
With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My site has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any solutions to help protect against content from being ripped off? I’d really appreciate it.
August 29, 2014 at 07:00
I don’t think there is much you can do about anyone plagiarizing your Blog posts. As for me, I’m not concerned that much about it because I don’t make any money off my Blogs. The content is free to read as part of my author platform.
In fact, for my Blog posts, my goal on this Crazy Normal Blog is to get the message out that reveals truth about the public schools, the reality of teaching and the manufactured crises in public education by fake corporate education reformers.
Every child who comes to school is not going to be a willing partner in the education process. Teachers teach and children learn but what do you do with the children who don’t care to learn or are not motivated to learn? Do you punish the teachers because I child lives in poverty and is hungry when they come to class? Do you punish teachers when a seven year old child was sexually molested by a family member every night and learning is the last thing in their mind? Do you punish teachers when children are physically abused by a parent? Do you punish teachers because a child has severe learning disabilities that affect memory retention? I could go on with this list for a long time.
George Bush’s No Child Left Behind and President Obama’s Machiavellian Race to the Top and Common Core crap were designed for one thing only: to destroy the public education system and the evidence is so easy to see. Even fools should see it. Who really believes that 100 percent of the children can be taught to be college/career ready by age 17/18? Anyone who believes that is a total fool.
September 8, 2014 at 07:59
Since we can’t trust the media to report honest and balanced news, this is a good resource list. Thank you.
September 8, 2014 at 08:37
November 1, 2014 at 14:49
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January 16, 2015 at 00:12
Sad that you are using a political punchline instead of the actual name of Affordable Care Act.
January 16, 2015 at 08:18
I think you have the wrong post. This is not about Obamacare. It’s an introduction to several Blogs that are fighting back against the oligarchs and corporations out to destroy democratic public education in the United States, and turn our children over to corporations to teach. For instance, the Walton family’s chain of 1,600+ corporate Charters—that working tax payers are funding instead of democratic public schools—that reports say are ignoring the science of evolution and focusing on the Bible’s evolution myth in addition to rewriting U.S. history to be what the Walton’s want it to be instead of the historically accurate history.
The three wealthiest and most powerful oligarchs funding this war are Bill Gates, Eli Broad and the Walton family. There are smaller players in the corporate reform movement too like Eva Moskowitz and the governors of several states—their campaigns were heavily funded by the all or some of the oligarchs—who are systematically destroying the public schools in those states by starving them for funds and favoring corporate charters with tax payer’s money.
In addition, in states where the oligarchs now control a majority of the legislatures, trillions of dollars in public pension funds have been handed over to Wall Street and Hedge Funds to manage with no transparency to help catch fraud, and fraud is rampant in the corporate C hater school industry.
There have already been rulings in several state supreme courts that have said this is unconstitutional according to those states constitutions but the billionaire oligarchs just send in their army of lawyers to appeal those rulings while applying treasure on state legislatures to change the state constitutions to make this robbery legal.
What does all this have to do with the Affordable Care Act?