Professional Problems of Teachers
A Course Offered Through Northern Arizona University
June 2, 2014 — July 1, 2014
This course examines some of the challenging issues facing educators today. Participants will have opportunities to critically examine issues central to teachers across the United States and even globally, as well as to focus on concerns in one's own teaching context. In addition, this course will provide opportunities to examine issues from multiple perspectives, critique those perspectives, and suggest possible solutions.
Photos posted along the right side of this page are from At The ChalkFace and are referred to as "Old School Sean."
General Course and Instructor Information
|Instructor: Jeff Bloom||Office: EEB 143||Phone: 928-523-0665||Email: jeff.bloom[at]nau.edu|
Primary Course website:
- http://schoolsteachersparents.wikidot.com (you are here)
- BBlearn will NOT be used for this course.
Primary Discussion Forum:
- Discussion Forum for ECI 696, Summer 2014
- This forum is for discussing most of the issues and topics in this course. This is a public forum that is visible to anyone visiting the site. However, only members of the wiki can post to the forum. Since this course focuses on professional problems, most of our substantive discussions should be made available to the public.
Private Discussion Forum:
- EMAIL discussion items to: moc.spuorgelgoog|puorg696ice#moc.spuorgelgoog|puorg696ice
- ACCESS discussions at: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/eci696group
- This forum is for personal introductions, for discussing any technical aspects of the course (e.g., accessing certain topics, etc.), and for any other discussions that are not appropriate for a public audience.
- Course Syllabus: a-SyllabusECI696-Summer2014.pdf
- Introduction Letter: a-IntroductionLetter2014.pdf
- APA Style Guide: APA-StyleGuide.pdf
- General Comments on Papers: a-GeneralCommentsOnPapers.pdf
Optional — Creating pages and content on the wiki.
- Instructions on how to work with this wiki, including creating pages:
- Go to the Members Pages Index
- Add a link in the same format as the others. (Click "Edit" at the bottom of the page, then add a link on a new line.)
- "Save" the page, then click on your new link (yourname — with no spaces).
- An error message will pop up with a link to "create a page." Click on this link.
- In the small title box, change the name to one that with capitals and spaces (this text will appear as the title of your page).
- You can add whatever you'd like to this page. See the instructions for creating pages
Readings and Course Materials:
- The readings and materials are available directly from this site on each Module page (linked below).
- Some readings are password protected. Please see the initial email for username and password information for these readings.
|Module #1||6/2 to 6/3||Introduction and Initial Explorations|
|Module #2||6/4 to 6/13||Making Sense of and Analyzing Problems and Issues||Critical Analysis 1 – 6/13|
|Module #3||6/14 to 6/24||Exploring Other Problems and Issues||Critical Analysis 2 – 6/25|
|Module #4||6/25 to 7/1||Making a Difference||Project Update – 6/26|
|Final Project – 7/1|
Re-Posted with permission from Susan Ohanian (at http://susanohanian.org)
These are pull-out quotes from my article in the May 2009 Language Arts.
by Susan Ohanian
Data without conscience will be the
ruin of our collective soul.
What good are the statistics
if our hearts are cold?
Where are the statements from
NCTE, IRA, ASCD, NEA, or AFT
fighting against the assault on
Whether NCLB is renewed
or not, the corporate-politico
agenda lives on: Conscript
teachers into silence and
You can only teach who you
are, and if you try to do it while
submitting to a script dominatrix,
then you lose not only your
professionalism, but also
To be a teacher,
You have to decide who you're
willing to obey
And who you're willing to kill.
Both standardized tests required
by the State and the NAEP distort
literature beyond recognition.
Just try asking your students—
today—to suggest one thing that
would improve their school day.
The simplicity of their suggestions
will surprise you.
— Susan Ohanian
Education Related Journals
- Rethinking Schools — click on "Magazine"
- Education Week: Teacher
- Current Issues in Education
- Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy — publisher's site
- Curriculum and Teaching — publisher's site with contents and abstracts (may be available through Cline Library)
- Journal of Curriculum Studies — publisher's site — available through Cline LIbrary
- Curriculum Inquiry — publisher's site — available through Cline Library
- Journal of Curriculum and Instruction — open access journal
- Journal of Curriculum Theorizing — all issues from December, 2008, are now available free here
- The Curriculum Journal — publisher's site
- Curriculum History — free registration through Texas journals site
Websites, Blogs, et al.
- Diane Ravitch's Blog — former Under Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush
- Mark Naison's Blog
- EDU 4 -- Reclaiming the Conversation
- Badass Teachers Association Blog
- The Collaboraider
- At the Chalkface
- Susan Ohanian — site is suspiciously brought down from time to time (follow Ohanian on Twitter, too - see below)
- Deborah Meier On Education
- Education Week
- The Rag Blog — William Schubert's Blog
- Bill Ayer's Blog
- Human WRights in Education — from Northern Arizona
- Degrees of Fiction — William Pinar's Blog
- The Friere Project — The Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy
- Henry Giroux's Blog — May show up in Spanish. Use Google Translate for English version.
- Jay Lemke Online
- Jeff Bloom's Blog
- Mark Naison — on Facebook
- Reclaiming the Conversation on Education
- EDU4 — Edu4 is an education initiative that seeks to create public spaces to attract, organize, and coordinate diverse educators and other concerned citizens resisting the multi-layered attack on public education.
- Badass Teachers Association (BATs)
- @McFiredogg — Mark Naison on Twitter
- @1momzer — Parent, teacher education activist
- @PoliticsK12 — Bloggers & EdWeek reporters Michele McNeil & Alyson Klein obsess about education policy and politics so you don't have to.
- @susanoha — Susan Ohanian
- @alfiekohn — Alfie Kohn on Twitter
- @mjaynefleener — M. Jayne Fleener on Twitter
- @HenryGiroux — Henry Giroux on Twitter
- @The ChalkFace — an educators' collaborative
- @Progressive Ed Talk — public school advocacy
- @TeacherReality — teacher and public school advocacy group out of Florida