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Tim Clifford

Tim Clifford is the author of several education books, as well as children's fiction and non-fiction. He teaches English in Queens.

Tim Clifford appears in the following:

Opinion: Blaming Tenure May Be Free But it's a Cheap Shot

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A local teacher weighs in on the recent ruling against tenure rules in California, arguing that there are bigger challenges than tenure putting low-income students at a disadvantage.

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Offering a 'Womb to Dorm Room' Approach to Education

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Diane Ravitch, an education professor at New York University, has been a vocal critic of recent reform efforts promoted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Her critique continues in her lates...
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Raising the Bar on Teachers? I'll Pass.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"If we have a problem recruiting top college graduates to education, we should fix that problem. Testing doesn't fix anything, and in this case, a teacher bar exam disguises the need ...
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Potent Mix of Politics Shapes Current Education Debate

Thursday, January 17, 2013

SchoolBook's regular contributor, and English teacher, lays out the educational landscape in New York City, replete with competing candidates and unresolved issues that will define 20...
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Never Mind Algebra. Is Literature Necessary?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

In an opinion post in response to a recent New York Times essay, a city English teacher writes: "If algebra can be tossed by the wayside, why not Austen?" And he laments, that is alr...
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Dear Reformers: Teachers Are Neither Heroes Nor Zeroes

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Queens English teacher writes: Dear education reformers, I humbly submit that teachers are not the Zeroes you make us out to be. Nor are we all Heroes. We rarely confront fire-breat...
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How Do You Measure the Spark of Creativity?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

An English teacher in Queens writes: "Great teaching, like great writing, is nuanced, complex and much larger than the sum of its parts. Good principals and administrators 'know it when they see it.'"

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Charting the Stages of Teacher Data Report Grief

Friday, March 09, 2012

A Queens English teacher writes: "The feeling when your teacher data report arrives by e-mail is akin to going over the crest of a roller coaster, realizing you’ve lost your wallet, a...
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My (Oops! I Mean, the Author's) Fight for Pronouns

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

An English teacher writes: "The first salvo in the war on pronouns was fired several years ago when teachers were advised that we should have students steer clear of using pronouns in...
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