February 19, 2013

Introducing Alt_Education

Deutsch: Schulbusflotte Thomas Freightliner
Deutsch: Schulbusflotte Thomas Freightliner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Nobody is surprised these days to hear that the American system of public education is in trouble. Conservative politicians have been demonizing teachers, encouraging them to teach "alternatives to evolution," cutting state funding for education, and pushing religious schools as an alternative for some time. At the same time, it often seems like teachers unions protect some of the worst teachers, ensuring that they keep their jobs regardless of their performance. This is not only directly harmful to the children they teach, but it has an adverse impact on the morale of the good teachers at their schools. Meanwhile, there is evidence that our high school seniors are losing ground in educational achievement, raising serious questions about our long-term ability to compete in a global economy.

One perspective that is often missing in discussions of public education system is that of the good teachers who are immersed in this system. This is why I was happy to discover a blog called Alt_Education, written by John Vlaun, a public school science teacher. He is a proponent of critical thinking in the classroom and is hoping to set the record straight by offering real solutions to some of the problems facing us. I look forward to hearing more from him.

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