Teacher: How New Jersey Is Trying to Break Its Teachers

Kiersten Marek:

Powerful testimony for how teaching is being taken over by data-mining and teachers are being given many conflicting priorities to deal with.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

This letter arrived from:

Douglas McGuirk

English Teacher

Dumont High School Dumont, NJ

My Testimony about the AchieveNJ Act:

The AchieveNJ Act is certainly doing its part to make a convoluted mess out of the art of teaching our children.

In this testimony, I will address the most readily apparent of its many problems: data collection, Student Growth Objectives, Student Growth Percentiles, PARCC tests, and the new observation system. The AchieveNJ Act, and all of its affiliated changes, is simultaneously stretching the education profession in two different directions, most likely to the point of snapping it in half. I am no longer certain about what my job description is these days; am I a teacher, one who attempts to engage students and help them understand subject matter and their world, or am I a data collector, one who keeps statistics on all manner of measurables in a theoretical attempt to…

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Weekend Baking. Lemon Crackle Cookies With Cardamom.

Kiersten Marek:

These look delish.

Originally posted on The Paddington Foodie:

I’ve always loved the combination of lemon and cardamom,  a common and very popular flavour pairing in Scandinavian baking. Warm, aromatic and gingery cardamom has a natural, almost effortless affinity with tangy citrus. Legend has it that the spice was first introduced to the Nordic countries over a thousand years by The Vikings during their raids on Constantinople.

This weekend, courtesy of  the fruit of my lone but flourishing lemon tree,  I decided to bake Lemon Crackle Cookies. A delicious citrus variation of  one of the most popularly requested (and previously posted) biscuits in our house Rich and Fudgy. Chocolate Crackle Cookies.  For this version I amped up the lemon flavour with the welcome addition of cardamom. Crisp on the outside yet soft and cake-y on the inside with an intense citrus hit these  definitely gave their chocolate counterparts a run for their money. This recipe is a keeper that…

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Why Patients Leave Hospitals With a Bad Taste In Their Mouths – The Science of Society – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

Interesting analysis…

 

Why Patients Leave Hospitals With a Bad Taste In Their Mouths – The Science of Society – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society.

Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, RISD’s first black grad: A talk at Newport Art Museum

Originally posted on Gallery Night Providence:

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“Cutting Stone” the Art & Life of RI Black Sculptress Nancy Elizabeth Prophet.  A talk by Amalia Amaki, foremost scholar on Prophet.  This free event takes place Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:00pm, at the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI. Prophet, RISD’s first Black graduate in 1918, attended École des Beaux-Arts in Paris where she lived nearly a decade, and had tenure at the historically Black Spelman College, where she created a degree program in 3-D art.

In 1932 Prophet exhibited at the Newport Art Museum winning Best in Show.  See a special exhibit and learn about her fascinating life here and in Paris.  this weekends exhibit includes two of Prophet’s sculptures and her portrait. Both events are funded by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and sponsored by Opera Providence.

Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890-1960) was from Warwick, RI. Few of her sculptures survive, including…

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in the studio with boundless plotnikov

Kiersten Marek:

This looks excellent — love the rehearsal pictures!

Originally posted on Setting The Barre:

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There are just 4 short days until the opening night of Boundless Plotnikov.  We’re busy putting the finishing touches on the ballet before it’s time to hit the theater tomorrow night to begin staging.

It’s been over a month since I last performed, and I am really missing the stage.  The lights.  The wings.  The way our score fills up the house like helium into a balloon, sticking to the perimeter and engulfing every inch of empty air with its sound.  One of my favorite things about this profession is the electric and exhausting magic of theater week.  Bring it on.

For tickets.

Photos by A. Cemal Ekin.

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Billionaire Arnold Backs Both Sides in Rhode Island Race

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Texas billionaire John Arnold, who has drawn attention for his interest in public sector pension reform (meaning that public sector pensions are too generous), is supporting both sides of the gubernatorial race in Rhode Island.

David Sirota wrote about how the Arnold Foundation underwrote a PBS special on the pension crisis and underwrote a Brookings Institution report on the same subject. PBS returned $3.5 million to the foundation because of Sirota’s disclosure.

Arnold is also a major supporter of charter schools, Common Core, and other “reforms” favored by corporate reformers.

The Providence Journal reports:

” PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Billionaire Houston philanthropist John Arnold is not only investing heavily in the political future of state General Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo — he’s also backing a national education effort showcasing her Democratic rival: Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

“Arnold’s philanthropic organization, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, has awarded $4.25…

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Gluten Free Perogies

Kiersten Marek:

These look great…

Originally posted on Officially Gluten Free:

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These Gluten Free Perogies taste like a regular perogie. They are Cheesy and Satisfying. Add ground Sausage or Chopped Crispy Bacon for a meaty version.

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1 Cup Rice Flour

1/2 Cup Corn Starch

2 Large White Potatoes

1/2 of a White Onion

2 Tbsp Butter

1/4 Cup Milk

1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese

Salt and Pepper

Directions  

1. In a large mixing bowl, mix sour cream, rice flour and corn starch until a smooth dough forms.

2. Cover the dough and place in the fridge for 1/2 an hour.

3. Peal, cut and boil the potatoes. Then strain, mash and add milk and 1 Tbsp of butter.

4. Dice then fry onion in the remaining butter.

5. Add the cooked onions and cheese to the mashed potatoes, add salt and pepper to taste. Stir well with a stiff spoon until the mixture is somewhat smooth…

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Anti-Cancer Diets and the Pitfalls of Plants: Part 1. Copper and Zinc

Kiersten Marek:

Some good thoughts on how to balance your foods for an anti-cancer diet…

Originally posted on Eat and Beat Cancer:

anti-cancer strategies: the copper trapYes, a plant-based diet is great for fighting cancer because plants contain all sorts of anti-cancer compounds, but heed the traps: Too much copper and too little zinc, often a result of plant-only diets, can fuel cancer—as well as make you tired

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Fermented Carrots

Kiersten Marek:

Need to try this one…

Originally posted on Cooking Without Gluten:

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I wanted to have spicy fermented carrots with a crunch. It was my first attempt to ferment carrots and I am very happy with the result.

Ingredients:

1.5 kg grated carrots, 1 medium head of garlic, fresh ginger 5-7cm piece, 1 chili pepper, 2 long sweet red peppers, 2 cloves, 27g sea salt.

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Preparation:

Grate peeled carrots, add finely sliced 1 sweet red pepper. Put another sweet red pepper, peeled and finely grated ginger, chili pepper and garlic un food processor and make a fine paste. Add salt to grated carrots, massage carrots with your hands until juices appear, add garlic and ginger paste, cloves and mix it.

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Press the mixture together until covered with juices. If not enough liquid, add brine (2% sea salt solution, 10g per 1 litre of water), put a plate to keep carrots under juices and put weight on the plate. I use glass…

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Health care reform may cut behavioral admissions : Family Practice News

Interesting dynamic here!

Health care reform may cut behavioral admissions : Family Practice News.

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