With guest, Louder Than a Bomb poet Nate Marshall

Monday, May 24, 2010


Stewart vs. Lewis in run-off for CTU president

"You don't make radical changes in times of trouble," Stewart told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday.
But Lewis posed this question: "And exactly what has this experience gotten us?"
Does free speech stop when the bell rings?
"When you teach young people who are very close to voting age that the government gets to decide what they can criticize, you shouldn't be surprised that we get damaged citizens," he said. "Too many (school officials) see student expression as a problem to be managed rather than an opportunity to teach." (Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center)

"Even though I believe their voices have to be heard, they have to be disciplined for their infractions." (Joyce Kenner, principal, Whitney Young Magnet High School)
Texas school board approves new "standards"

"I have let down the students in our state," said board member Mary Helen Berlanga (D). "What we have done today is something that a classroom teacher would not even have accepted," she said, sweeping a pile of history books from her desk onto the floor. (Washington Post) 


  1. David B. (Austin)May 24, 2010 at 6:02 AM

    Any teacher who teaches to these standards is betraying their students, their community and their profession.

  2. Regarding the Quotable by Whitney Young Principal Joyce Kenner. Let's be clear about what happened: Hundreds of WYHS students walked out to protest teacher lay-offs. They are defending their teachers. She gives them Saturday detention to teach them that there are "consequences" to their actions??!! Stand up for your teachers and get a punishment. That's really gonna teach'em a lesson.

  3. A brief reminder that this same principal, Joyce Kenner, received a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury in the Arne Duncan VIP list scandal. At that time she was quoted as saying, "I'll take care of it," it being the admission of a low performing but connected student. Consequences for your actions? Whatever happened to the VIP list investigation?


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