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Illinois lawmakers are meeting on a bill to gut hard-earned retirement security. Let’s stop this #PensionTheft!


As some of you know, I had a bit of an altercation today with a woman named Diane on an airplane.

I had a great time antagonizing her, reading your responses, and just generally trying to have fun with an irritating person. But I did have a point and I just want to put it out there.

I know I can…

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I want to know where were the white suburban moms when Bush 2 implemented No Child Left Behind with the help of DFER George Miller?

Where were they when Obama Administration instituted Race to the Top?

Or how about when Arne Duncan made the racist comment…

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Where our contract is ignored again. 

We are dealing with a 3rd year of class size overages. We have 1st grade teachers with 37 students, high school teachers with over 200 student contacts (meaning that they have 200 students that they see & teach  e v e r y   s i n g l e  d a y!!

Think about this for a moment. Let’s say I’m an English teacher. What do you expect from a teacher of English? Reading & writing - hopefully, lots of writing so kids can improve their craft, right?

I have 35 kids in my 1st period class and I assign them one essay. That’s 1 assignment x 35 students = 35 essays. 

Now 35 essays x 5 classes = 175 essays for one day.

Anyone who thinks this is the only assignment which would be collected and/or graded is sadly mistaken. To be fair, let’s say only 2 other assignments are given that week and are collected. 

70 other assignments x 5 classes = 350 assignments + 175 essays = 525 collected pieces of work for one week. 

How much time do you think it would take to provide meaningful feedback on each assignment - especially the essays?  

By my calculations of 30 minutes on the essays alone requires two days!

Let’s also not forget that teachers are supposed to lesson plan, make contacts with parents, and attend meetings. 

(I am currently enrolled in an Ed.D program. There are 18 students (counting me) in this program. I turned in a paper two weeks ago & received feedback & my grade yesterday. Granted my professor has other courses that he teaches & is also a practicing researcher, but as I stated above, regular, every day classroom teachers also have other responsibilities.)

One of the complaints I sometimes hear from community members and/or parents is that teachers don’t return work in a timely manner. This is virtually made impossible when teachers are given additional students - each of which we are required to engage and provide rigorous instruction. 

I really think that in the job description for teacher it should read: Super hero powers required. 


Back when I was maybe 10 or 11 years old, I remember picking up a women’s magazine and reading one of the token “substance stories”— about health care horror stories—included amongst the articles and ads about fashion and cosmetics. In one of the stories, a Black woman described an outrageous…


A while ago, I penned a fairly angry response to something circulating on the internet – the 21 Habits of Happy People. It pissed me off beyond belief, that there was an inference that if you weren’t Happy, you simply weren’t doing the right things.

I’ve had depression for as long as I can…



January 21, 2013

Brian Jones, Teacher and Doctoral Student,
Wayne Au, Professor of Education,


In a public statement…