The Chinese Fire Drill

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

McCarthy's Law #123

When we cave into the posturing and rhetoric, and then go along without asking why? We're allowing ourselves to be the pawns of the "Master Plan."

For an older comic depicting the "Master Plan" see this one.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

McCarthy's Law #122

The worst part about the "reform" movement is that this is what happens whenever we offer any of our ideas...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

McCarthy's Law #121

It's true that state governments are slashing school funding, but what's not being told is what most schools are doing with the money they do have... because of the pressure the same state governments place upon them to be "accountable."

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

McCarthy's Law #120

I had an idea when I started this one; then I started thinking about all the comments my students make about these tests.  I sort of let stream-of-conciousness take over from there.  So, the floor is open for interpretation on this one...wide open.

Monday, April 2, 2012

McCarthy's Law #119

About two weeks ago, I posted the 118th strip from McCarthy's Law, and a took another in a string of recent beatings among various social networks.  When my most recent one REALLY caught a wave of vituperation among readers, I went back and reassessed where I had been going with the strip.  What I've realized is that, in my attempt to be more authentic (by tackling educational issues on the national level rather within my sphere of experience), I was actually becoming less so.

There are some great teacher/activists such as Katie Osgood in Chicago and Bob Sikes in Flordia who do a great job of both maintining their careers in the classroom while researching, blogging, posting, and updating what's going on in this horrible wave of "Education Deform."  They are way out of my league, and when I try to emulate them (in comic strip fashion no less) all I do is look idiotic.

So, I'm going back to my as I live it, see it, and know it.  This idea comes from my girlfriend, Wendi Evans (a fourth grade special ed teacher who deals with stressors I couldn't begin to imagine as a high school teacher).  This is the how the reform movement looks from my window, and that's about all to which I can claim any expertise.  I thought for this first one, I'd go back to the kids and how they are so easily influenced by those very people (media moguls and Corporate Americans) who would blame us for the state of the modern adolescent mind.

No doubt, when I post this, someone will argue that I'm slamming/mocking/ridiculing kids...