Because 2016 was Surreal, So What’s Next?

In honor of the announcement by Merriam Webster Dictionary that “surreal” was the word of 2016 I am re-posting a older piece I wrote for United Opt Out almost one year ago. Now… more relevant than ever. Annual standardized testing has given way to Competency Based online delivery systems, all…the…time. Race to the Top hasContinue reading “Because 2016 was Surreal, So What’s Next?”

On the State of the Resistance Movement: Between Murder and Suicide and the Need to Claim a Third Space

This post has migrated. Please visit Busted Pencils for this and any future blog posts:http://bustedpencils.com/2016/08/state-resistance-movement-murder-suicide-need-claim-third-space-morna- In May of 2016 I officially resigned as an administrator for United Opt Out a group I help create in 2011 along with Peggy Robertson, Tim Slekar, Ceresta Smith, Shaun Johnson, and Laurie Murphy. Since then, Shaun and Laurie rolledContinue reading “On the State of the Resistance Movement: Between Murder and Suicide and the Need to Claim a Third Space”

CBE and ALEC Preparing Students for the Gig Economy

“Career and College Ready?” (image link) Pearson, of course, was ahead of the pack as usual… developing a school- to -labor pipeline that suites the corporate masters.  As this blog explains, Competency Based Education becomes the framework for “badges” instead of credit hours and prepares students for career and college which is code for theContinue reading “CBE and ALEC Preparing Students for the Gig Economy”

The Rebellion… that Changes Everything… to Knock the Neoliberal Hustle… of Public Education (A title by four authors)

“Venture philanthropists have transformed the educational terrain, significantly tilting it in a neoliberal direction, often using their expressed desire to help hard-hit communities to support their interests in changing the face of public education” (Spence, 2016, p. 96). There exist many powerful organizations and leaders who, while they claim to want education change, will avoidContinue reading “The Rebellion… that Changes Everything… to Knock the Neoliberal Hustle… of Public Education (A title by four authors)”

Step-by-step Privatization and Profit: ESSA Delivers Schools to Wall Street with a Bow on Top

“Social impact bond projects are very definitely privatisation. PFI/PPP projects have effectively privatised the design, finance, construction and maintenance of much public infrastructure. Now social impact bond projects potentially privatise the design, finance, service delivery, management, monitoring and evaluation of early intervention and prevention policies.” Step One- Curriculum: Common Core standards created one set ofContinue reading “Step-by-step Privatization and Profit: ESSA Delivers Schools to Wall Street with a Bow on Top”

Why “21st Century Learning” is No More Than Status Quo

The proponents of 21st Century Learning (aka digital learning, aka competency-based education, aka personalized learning) claim that those of us who stand up for public education are little more than fossils clinging to the status quo. Further, through slick bait-and-switch advertising techniques the proponents of “innovation” disguise the facts that they are profiteering and privatizingContinue reading “Why “21st Century Learning” is No More Than Status Quo”

The PARCC Test: Exposed

The PARCC Test: Exposed Original blog post can be found here. The author of this blog posting is a public school teacher who will remain anonymous. I will not reveal my district or my role due to the intense legal ramifications for exercising my Constitutional First Amendment rights in a public forum. I was compelled toContinue reading “The PARCC Test: Exposed”

Public School Teachers: The Next Endangered Species (4 years later)

This is a RE POSTING of a blog I wrote four years ago during Teacher Appreciation Week. Seems appropriate to re-post it now. Please comment on the question: How much has changed or not in last four years? ORIGINAL: I felt an urgency to write this post before Friday in order to coincide with TeacherContinue reading “Public School Teachers: The Next Endangered Species (4 years later)”

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