Nov 05 2013

Closing (The Achievement Gap) Bad

So if you’re wondering why I’ve slowed down a bit on blogging lately, there are a bunch of reasons.  One is that I’m happy about the amount of coverage phony ed reform is getting by not just other bloggers, but even in the main stream media.  A lot of my blogging stems from the feeling that I am ‘needed,’ and with so much coming out, daily, I do feel a lot less pressure.

Also, I’ll admit that all this late night blogging (I have a family including a 2 year old and a 5 year old, you know) has taken somewhat of a toll on me.  So to recharge, I spent a few months starting and finishing the entire ‘Breaking Bad’ series with my wife after the kids went to sleep.  It was quite an undertaking watching 62 hours of TV, but it was definitely worth it.  And getting a chance to enjoy a show like that the way ‘regular’ people do who maybe don’t have small children is a nice luxury.

I got a great idea for a blog post where I’d do a spoof of ‘Breaking Bad,’ but instead of Walt getting involved with drug production to earn money for his family before he dies of Cancer, he’d start a cash cow ‘no excuses’ charter school.  And Jesse, instead of being an easily manipulated small-time drug dealer, would, instead, be an easily manipulated TFA corps member who Walt would use as a teacher at his charter school.

Their ‘product’ would be, instead of blue crystal meth, a computerized ‘personalized’ program called blue crystal math.  And it would be the best on the market because the test scores it would produce would be close to 100%.

Anyway, that’s about as far as I got, but I thought if anyone wants, in the comments, to come up with some episode story lines and other details for ‘Closing Bad’, please do.

4 Responses

  1. Educator

    I started watching Breaking Bad but stopped since I didn’t want to get any ideas about how to make money other than teaching. It’s too tempting.

  2. I would like to propose another ecosystem. The ecosystem of poverty. In his book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell discusses what biologists call the ecology of an organism. A fallen acorn needs to have a lot of factors fall just right to grow to be the tallest oak in the forest. First, the acorn must be of hearty stock; healthy from the get go. Next the acorn must fall on fertile ground and there must not be other trees too close by to block out the sunlight. Next that growing oak must be a little lucky; no rabbit can come by when it is young and strip its bark and no lumberjack can cut it down before it has matured.

    The ecosystem of poverty denies 23% of America’s children the heartiness, the health care, the affordable housing, the nutrition, the rich language environment that are all necessary to be successful learners. By denying the impact of this poverty ecosystem, the TFA ecosystem rings hollow.

  3. Serge Vartanov

    I was rolling my eyes so hard until I got to “blue crystal math”, which is seriously funny :) Haven’t seen Breaking Bad though…

  4. Harlem Music Teacher

    You are needed…please keep posting!

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