Category Archives: Special needs

Common Core Tests: Educational Malpractice for Students with Special Needs

Dear Mr. and Mrs Gates: This is what is gong on in every county across the country as students with disabilities are forced to take tests they are not yet ready for and have not learned the content: In about … Continue reading

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From One Atheist to Another: How Does Bill Gates Keep his Ego in Check?

Dear Bill, I understand that, like me, you are an atheist. I hesitate to share this piece of information about myself with others due to fears of being rejected and judged and/or being proselytized to.  One of my Italian-American Catholic … Continue reading

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Public Education is NOT an Industry

Image courtesy of EdVotes.org Dear Bill, I thought of you while reading Forbes’ 30 Under 30 2014 special report, which celebrates the professional achievements of 20-somethings in a variety of industries, including education.  Do you see your young self in the … Continue reading

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Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill

Chapter 7 – Behind the Scenes http://www.ayearatmissionhill.com/index.php/chapter7  Bill, Yesterday I met a dyslexic man who told me he didn’t learn how to read until he was 37 years old. To avoid having to read out loud in grammar school, he’d hit … Continue reading

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Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill

Chapter 4: Love and Limits Chapter 4 of A Year At Mission Hill gave me anxiety.  As a teacher of ELLs (English-language learners), some of whom have significant special needs, I pictured myself trying to teach NYS and NYC Common Core … Continue reading

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