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The Answer Sheet Archive: Laugh and cry

Rheeform: How she fired teachers (with artistic license)

Here's an artist's rendering, so to speak, of how Michelle Rhee worked when she was chancellor of D.C. schools. A video that will make you laugh and cry.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 6, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Laugh and cry, Michelle Rhee  | Tags:  educational data, effective teachers, firing teachers, michelle rhee, teachers  
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Jon Stewart's hysterical defense of teachers

Jon Stewart (finally) does a hysterical bit about the preposterous attacks on the nation’s public school teachers, who have been accused by school “reformers” of being lazy, greedy and lousy at their jobs.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 1, 2011; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
Categories:  Laugh and cry, Teachers  | Tags:  diane ravitch, jon stewart, school reform, the daily show, wisconsin protests, wisconsin teachers  
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Sick of highly paid teachers? Here's what to do

Here's a brilliant plan to solve the problem of all those highly paid teachers, who earn so much and only work 9 or 10 months a year!

By Valerie Strauss  | February 24, 2011; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
Categories:  Laugh and cry, Teachers  | Tags:  Are you sick of highly paid teachers?  
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The day all the public schools died

A laugh/cry satire: Public schools close as a result of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. Students and teachers flock to Mark Zuckerberg's new Textbook. Eminen's anthem for frustrated teachers wins a Grammy. Wikileaks delivers the final blow. And more.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 24, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Laugh and cry, Mark Phillips  | Tags:  amazon, eminem, facebook, mark zuckerberg, no child left behind, public schools, race to the top, school reform, secretary of education, textbook, wikileaks  
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Dawn of the dumbest school data

A teacher writes: "Dawn of the dumbest data ... data-driven dementia... data: It keeps teachers busy. Take your pick. But these cats at my school really have to be stopped."

By Valerie Strauss  | February 18, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Laugh and cry, Teachers  | Tags:  data-driven reform, data-driven school reform, guest bloggers, mr. teachbad, school data, school reform, teachers, test-driven data  
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Best college essay ever?

Is this the best college essay ever?

By Valerie Strauss  | February 7, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  College Admissions, Laugh and cry  | Tags:  best college essay, college admissions, college applications, college essays, funny college essays, great college essays, harpers magazine, hugh gallagher  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Things I’m sick of hearing , Valerie Strauss , January 26, 2011
Teacher: The worst of "best practices", Valerie Strauss , January 24, 2011
The history of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Valerie Strauss , December 24, 2010
So you want to be a teacher? , Valerie Strauss , December 21, 2010
Principal seeks to replace student body, improve scores, Valerie Strauss , December 15, 2010
So you want to go to law school? A laugh/cry video , Valerie Strauss , December 3, 2010
So you want to be a professor? A laugh/cry video, Valerie Strauss , November 13, 2010
Teacher apologizes for achievement gap: 'My fault', Valerie Strauss , November 1, 2010
A funny, scary 'education' conversation, Valerie Strauss , October 26, 2010
 
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