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[Xmca-l] Re: Peter Smagorinsky's piece today for the Atlanta Journal Constitution



Inspiring stuff! Thanks Peter for writing it and for your explanation here
about the reasons behind it. And thanks Robert for sharing it with us.

Cheers,
Helen


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On 24 April 2015 at 06:52, Greg Thompson <greg.a.thompson@gmail.com> wrote:

> Counter-narratives!
> Essential stuff!
> -greg
>
> On Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 9:57 AM, Peter Smagorinsky <smago@uga.edu> wrote:
>
> > Thanks so much Robert. FYI I began writing profiles of great teachers in
> > Georgia, the state where both Robert and I live in the USA, a few years
> ago
> > when I became discouraged by the constant negative attention that the
> media
> > direct at public education. I actually wrote this one several weeks ago,
> > but it got bumped back because the Atlanta Public Schools cheating
> scandal
> > trial dominated the local news--so it serves as a counterpoint to the
> > belief held by many in the public that all public school teachers out
> there
> > are cheats and bums, and that we need charters, private school vouchers,
> > etc., to save us from the decline of civilization (US civilization that
> is).
> >
> > The whole series is at http://smago.coe.uga.edu/vita/vitaweb.htm#OpEd
> > along with the other public writing I've done on education, teaching,
> > policy, etc., mostly for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution but other
> outlets
> > as well. I encourage anyone out there who finds the discursive climate of
> > education to be depressing to write counter-narratives of your own to
> help
> > demonstrate what great teaching looks like and how great teachers manage
> to
> > do it in spite of limitations on their work instituted by policymakers.
> I'm
> > fortunate to live in a state where the main newspaper has a prominent
> > education blog, but there should be outlets everywhere for publishing
> more
> > positive narratives about school.
> >
> > Peter
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: xmca-l-bounces+smago=uga.edu@mailman.ucsd.edu [mailto:
> > xmca-l-bounces+smago=uga.edu@mailman.ucsd.edu] On Behalf Of Robert Lake
> > Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2015 11:40 AM
> > To: CultureActivity eXtended Mind; eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> > Subject: [Xmca-l] Peter Smagorinsky's piece today for the Atlanta Journal
> > Constitution
> >
> > Hi Everyone,
> > Peter Smagorinsky wrote a fabulous piece about an extraordinary 3rd grade
> > teacher in today's* Atlanta Journal-Constitution*, that is certainly
> > relevant to XCMA readers .
> > *Robert*
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Smagorinsky, P. (2015, April 23).  A teacher who understands third
> graders
> > need play, joy and calm to learn. *Atlanta Journal-Constitution*.
> Available
> > at
> >
> http://getschooled.blog.ajc.com/2015/04/23/a-teacher-who-understands-third-graders-need-play-joy-and-calm-to-learn/
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > Robert Lake  Ed.D.
> > Associate Professor
> > Social Foundations of Education
> > Dept. of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading Georgia Southern University
> > Secretary/Treasurer-AERA- Paulo Freire Special Interest Group P. O. Box
> > 8144
> > Phone: (912) 478-0355
> > Fax: (912) 478-5382
> > Statesboro, GA  30460
> > *He not busy being born is busy dying.*
> > Bob Dylan (1964).
> >
> >
>
>
> --
> Gregory A. Thompson, Ph.D.
> Assistant Professor
> Department of Anthropology
> 880 Spencer W. Kimball Tower
> Brigham Young University
> Provo, UT 84602
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>