If you haven’t figured it out yet…..I’m a teacher. I work for the Chicago Public Schools. I’m going on strike for better schools.
People keep saying I make too much money. But educators NEVER enter this profession to make money. Don’t listen to dirty, lying politicians. They know nothing and would use the children I teach as canon fodder if they could (and do).
I’m on strike because the children of Chicago deserve good teachers, clean and NOT overcrowded classrooms. 37 students + 1 teacher = disaster.
I’m on strike because Rahm Emanuel and his billionaire cronies want to institute MERIT pay. If students fail standardized testing, teachers get paid a lower wage and eventually will lose their jobs. No considerations are made for children who are poor, in gangs, homeless, or have lost parents to gang violence or drugs. No considerations are made for children with special needs. I say Merit Pay for politicians not teachers.
I’m on strike because my students deserve a nurse to work all week at our school instead of on Fridays for 2 hours. My students deserve a full time counselor, social worker and audio/visual specialists. Right now…..these statistics show for every 1000 students in CPS there is only 1 counselor.
I’m on strike because Rahm Emanuel is instituting “wellness checks” which is in direct violation of HIPAA privacy policies. My body is my business not Rahm Emanuel’s.
I’m on strike because I’m tired of the corruption in this city. With 6 billionaires running the Board of Education. They care NOTHING about the children of the city of Chicago. Especially the children of the south and west sides who can’t even walk to school without getting shot. Emanuel stated that “25% of students in Chicago are destined to fail…I don’t give a fuck about them” to union president Karen Lewis during contract talks. I care about them, Rahm. I care.
You don’t need to be in school to improve your education. Check out Coursera!One of the biggest issues that I continue to see pop up for people, especially within the young adult generation[s], is the problem of being at a loss for readily available, and seemingly ‘affordable’ educational sources, information, and courses. I recently reblogged a post with a brilliant list of 500 FREE online courses from top universities, which was pretty popular. Then I received a suggestion from a lovely follower of mine to check out Courseera, as I might be interested. So, in addition to the previous online free courses post, I present you with yet another amazing and FREE resource for personal mind expansion. Courseera offers dozens of free online courses from various universities such as Princeton, Stanford, University of Michigan, and University of Pennsylvania.
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Healthcare, Medicine, and Biology
- Society, Networks, and Information
- Computer Science
- Economics, Finance, and Business
- Humanities and Social Sciences
Knowledge is power. Educate yourself, explore, and expand!
UPDATE: Within the last few weeks 12 World-Class Universities [new to Coursera] have added more than 100 courses to be available for FREE on Coursera, in addition to the already spectacular selection!
Below is a list of the newly accessible Universities and the courses they each provide:
- California Institute of Technology
- Duke University
- Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Johns Hopkins University
- Princeton University
- Rice University
- Stanford University
- University of California, San Francisco
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- University of Michigan
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Toronto
- University of Virginia
- University of Washington
You can also view a list of all courses available here. Enjoy & keep expanding!!
Reblogging for those who might have missed it. Coursera is a great educational opportunity we all should take advantage of.
I’ll be starting Intro to Sustainability at the end of the month!
DIY Pour Painting Flower Pots Tutorial. This reminds me of Holton Rower’s “Pour” Series (top photo) and mesmerizing video here, but for kids. Bottom Photos: DIY by dilly-dally art. Tutorial for the flower pots by dilly-dali art here.
As many as 15 percent of freshmen at America’s top schools are white students who failed to meet their university’s minimum standards for admission, according to Peter Schmidt, deputy editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. These kids are “people with a long-standing relationship with the university,” or in other words, the children of faculty, wealthy alumni and politicians.
According to Schmidt, these unqualified but privileged kids are nearly twice as common on top campuses as Black and Latino students who had benefited from affirmative action.
well well well look at that.
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