This is a list of blogs we feel are representative of the Badass Teacher mindset, and critical to staying a well informed and active BAT.
Dr. Diane Ravitch
Diane is one of the leaders in the movement against the Educational-Industrial complex. She has been and remains one of the strongest and most salient voice in support of good educational practices, students, and teachers.
The Jersey Jazzman Blog
"Duke" is a composer and music educator living in New Jersey. He's been politically active for a long time, and "naively" hopes he can contribute a little to the dialog about education, politics, New Jersey, and the arts.
Valerie Strauss is an education writer who blogs as The Answer Sheet. She came to The Washington Post in 1988 as the assistant foreign editor for Asia. After six years she moved to Metro and covered various education beats, started the Schools & Learning Page with Jay Mathews, and then agreed to try blogging (despite, at the time, hating the word “blog”)
Larry Ferlazzo's Website of the Day:
In his own words:
"I teach Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced English Language Learners (as well as native English speakers) at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.
I’ve been a high school teacher for nine years after spending nineteen years working as a community organizer."
http://www.livingindialogue.com/ by Anthony Cody
Anthony Cody spent 24 years working in Oakland schools, 18 of them as a science teacher at a high needs middle school. He is National Board certified, and now leads workshops with teachers focused on Project Based Learning. With education at a crossroads, join him in a dialogue on education reform and teaching for change and deep learning.
Well this is not a blog, but a website...it's still pretty badass though. Susan was the winner of the 2003 NCTE and the George Orwell award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language. Her webswite is a treasure trove of information and work against the Educational-Industrial Complex so-called reforms.
In her own words:
"I’ve spent the past six years writing about public education and urban schools in Massachusetts. Along the way, I’ve learned some harsh truths that beg to be exposed. The bottom line: the edushysters are increasingly running the show. Behind every faddish, jargon-filled plan is a dirty little scheme that ends up making somebody a lot of money. The scary thing is that these fools are winning, and the only way to fight back is to expose the edushysters for the hypocritical charlatans that they are."
Mitchell Robinson, Ph.D.
Mitchell Robinson is associate professor and chair of music education, and coordinator of the music student teaching program at Michigan State University. Robinson has held previous appointments as assistant professor and coordinator of the music education area at the University of Connecticut; assistant professor of school and community music education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.; and director of wind activities and wind ensemble conductor at the University of Rochester. Robinson’s public school teaching experience includes 10 years as an instrumental music teacher, music department facilitator and high school assistant
principal in Fulton, N.Y.