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

Essential stuff!

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
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> Bob Dylan (1964).

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