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When Teachers Are Temps (from 3-26-10)
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It occurred to me today as I looked around my classroom – what would my room look like if I thought I might get fired any time during the next five years due to low test scores? Would it make me more committed to my profession, or view it as temporary work? Would it make me think Read More >>


Questions Matter More Than Answers (from 3-25-10)
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NOTE: The following post is from March 25, 2010 – after passage of Florida Senate Bill 6, which began the rating of teachers according to their students’ test scores. Senate Bill 6 has passed the Senate and has gone to the House. What has been heartening this week is how many people outside of teaching Read More >>


Senate Bill 6 Would Have Doomed Me (from 3-18-2010)
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NOTE: This piece ran while Florida Senate Bill 6, which tied teacher evaluation to student test scores (50% of your evaluation) was coming down the tracks. Florida still uses a value added measure, but at a much lower percentage of your total evaluation, and in my district, your VAM cannot overrule your classroom observation score Read More >>


Anti-Parent Propaganda in the Name of Self-Interest
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When I recently rebooted this blog after some technical difficulties, one of the first posts I re-published was titled “A Different Narrative of American Education,” in which I compared the typical reformer’s narrative of public schools with a different narrative. The blog was originally reprinted in Valerie Strauss’s “The Answer Sheet” blog on the Washington Read More >>


David Lee Finkle – Writing Portfolio
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WRITING PORTFOLIO David Lee Finkle Writer, Cartoonist, Teacher 729 W. Pennsylvania Ave. DeLand, Florida 32720 (386) 822-5635 mrfitzfinkle@gmail.com Mr. Fitz (Comic Strip – 2000 to present – over 4,000 comic strips) Piece written for Orlando Sentinel that led to book deal: How my student writers break out of the FCAT cage David Lee Finkle ORLANDO Read More >>


A Different Narrative of American Education
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From Saturday, July 13, 2013 There is a myth going around our country, a multifaceted myth. It goes something like this: American schools have been dumbed down, bad teachers have been given free reign, our educational system is failing, and we will fail to be competitive in the new global economy. This is a myth Read More >>


Invisible Chains
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They sat in even rows Lake slaves in the galley Attached to a screen by digital chains. Compliant, obedient, dead-eyed They stared at the glassy surface Jumping through the hoops that would determine Their futures. Standardized didn’t just apply To the test they took. I felt the awful conformist dystopian wretchedness Of the whole scene Read More >>


The Real Mr. Fitz Reboots
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It’s been a while! As some of you are aware, I had a little trouble with my previous web host, and they unceremoniously dumped all my content into their trash bin. I was, obviously, not happy. But I’m back – and better yet, the blog is now linked to my website for one-stop shopping! (Thanks, Read More >>