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Teacher: CdA School Vibe ‘Toxic’

Idaho is considering whether to keep three education laws that overhaul everything from how teachers are paid to how kids learn in the classroom. Voters in several states across the country will decide on education measures this November. Washington votes on whether to allow charter schools and Idaho is considering whether to keep not one but three brand new laws. They overhaul everything from how teachers are paid to how kids learn in the classroom. The vote is a test for some controversial ideas in education and for the man behind them. Idaho classrooms are political battlegrounds this fall. Many teachers, like Coeur d’Alene band instructor Tim Sandford, strongly oppose the Idaho education laws. That’s creating discord with administrators who are trying to implement the changes even as the election looms. Sandford describes the atmosphere in his school this way: “Toxic, it’s toxic”/Jessica Robinson, NPR. More here. (Northwest Public Radio photo: Jessica Robinson)

Question: Tim Sandford's a good teacher and man. I'm concerned that he would describe the atmosphere in our schools as “toxic.” What do you think?

Gawker Head: Online Comments Toxic

In the early days of the Internet, there was hope that the unprecedented tool for global communication would lead to thoughtful sharing and discussion on its most popular sites. A decade and a half later, the very idea is laughable, says Gawker Media founder Nick Denton. “It didn't happen,” said Denton, whose properties include the blogs Gawker, Jezebel, Gizmodo, io9 and Lifehacker. “It's a promise that has so not happened that people don't even have that ambition anymore. “The idea of capturing the intelligence of the readership — that's a joke.” Denton was speaking at South by Southwest Interactive, the annual festival here devoted to Web and digital culture/Doug Gross, CNN. More here. H/T: Liz

Question: Any of you wonder why I keep such a tight rein on things here?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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