Common Core and Corporate Colonization: The Big Picture

I said it over three years ago and I’ll say it again. Common Core was, and is, an agenda crafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It was never about “communism,” or “socialism.” It was the state and federal governments serving as the delivery boys for the privatization of public education at the handsContinue reading “Common Core and Corporate Colonization: The Big Picture”

Reading Between The Lines: Obama’s “Testing Action Plan”

    Is Obama’s Testing Action Plan, like Fruit Loops, part of a nutritious breakfast? Don’t believe the hype. This has been over a decade in the making. In 2000 Business Week  listed the companies benefiting from the new boon in online education stating, “Dozens of new companies are springing up to serve the emergingContinue reading “Reading Between The Lines: Obama’s “Testing Action Plan””

Was Someone Mean to You Today? The Bullying Policies of Ed Reform

Was Someone Mean to You Today?  THE IMPACT OF STANDARDIZATION, CORPORATIZATION, AND HIGH STAKES TESTING ON STUDENTS, TEACHERS, COMMUNITIES, SCHOOLS, AND DEMOCRACY by T. Poetter and J. Googins (Eds) A book review I need to begin with full disclosure: I have known and been friends with the co-author Tom Poetter for fifteen years. I amContinue reading “Was Someone Mean to You Today? The Bullying Policies of Ed Reform”

Competency Based Learning, Online Education and Lamar Alexander’s ESEA Revisions

(A special thanks to Allison McDowell for provoking me to this research and to an amazing blog by Emily Talmage  that had mad amounts of information on this subject) This has been over a decade on the making. In 2000 Business Week  listed the companies benefiting from the new boon in online education stating, “DozensContinue reading “Competency Based Learning, Online Education and Lamar Alexander’s ESEA Revisions”

PEDAGOGY OF “DOUBT” AND THE ATTACK ON COLLEGES OF EDUCATION (Part I)

Let’s Start with a Few Recent Headlines: Teacher Prep Colleges Are Failing the Teachers Study Delivers Failing Grades For Many Programs Training Teachers  States Slow to Close Faltering Teacher Ed. Programs (also see more recently: http://edexcellence.net/articles/reforming-ed-schools-from-within and https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/teacher-prep-programs-need-to-be-accountable-too/2015/02/20/ed140f44-b8fc-11e4-aa05-1ce812b3fdd2_story.html ) Traditional colleges of education (aka 4 year undergraduate teacher preparation with state certification usually conferred in tandem) are underContinue reading “PEDAGOGY OF “DOUBT” AND THE ATTACK ON COLLEGES OF EDUCATION (Part I)”

My Letter to Arne

Dear Arne, I know many members of the education revolution, fighting for the rights of ALL children for an equitable, meaningful and sustainable public education, are doing a jig of joy over your resignation. I share in their collective joy…and yet…well, I’m gonna kind of miss you. I’m going to miss your vapid blank facialContinue reading “My Letter to Arne”

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