Root to Rise: Practicing the Future of the Opt Out Movement

Today I was taking my weekly yoga class. The first thing the instructor asks us to do is set an intention for the day’s practice. My intention was to meditate on where we are at, and where we are going, in the opt out movement, with hopes of finding a way forward. My instructor focusedContinue reading “Root to Rise: Practicing the Future of the Opt Out Movement”

Is It Nature? Or Nothing? (a special guest post)

My 11 year old son has decided he wants to be a nature writer (Emerson eat your heart out :)) So here’s his first treatise. I told him I would publish it for him. Please share your feedback and comments for him. Thanks!! Is It Nature? Or Nothing? by Conor McNulty Could climate and mature beContinue reading “Is It Nature? Or Nothing? (a special guest post)”

WHICH ONE OF THESE IS REAL? WHICH ONE IS FICTION? (the line between education and science fiction is blurrier than you think)

Read Scenario One and Scenario Two. If you are unable to really tell the difference between these two scenarios, then perhaps we are closer to a frightening nightmarish future scenario than we realize. I manufactured one story out of my imagination. Ironically, I wrote it even before knowing anything about the real scenario provided toContinue reading “WHICH ONE OF THESE IS REAL? WHICH ONE IS FICTION? (the line between education and science fiction is blurrier than you think)”

ON LINE…. ALL THE TIME?

How new legislation will result in corporate control of children…and no child will be left behind this time By now many of us are familiar with the increasing encroachment of legislation devoted to the use of education technology (as software, delivery systems, and modes of assessment) in ever-widening circles designed to replace democratic public schoolsContinue reading “ON LINE…. ALL THE TIME?”

A Forecast from K12 Inc: We Don’t Take Lousy Test Takers or Poor Kids

During their 2014, 2015 and 2016 quarterly earnings conference calls (full transcripts available here) K12 Inc outlined the future of the company to its stakeholders. Spoiler alert: Your child is not one of them. Who was present? COREY GREENDALE, ANALYST, FIRST ANALYSIS SECURITIES; Jeff Silber, BMO Capital Markets; HENRY CHIEN, ANALYST, BMO CAPITAL MARKETS; CHRIS GASSEN, ANALYST,Continue reading “A Forecast from K12 Inc: We Don’t Take Lousy Test Takers or Poor Kids”

The Lie Behind K12 Inc: A Glimpse Inside

Q2 2013 K12 Inc. Earnings Conference Call Source: Fair Disclosure Wire Ever wondered what happens behind closed doors when corporate executives meet to discuss how their company is doing on the world of education reform? Beyond the media sound-bites and advertisements, what do they really care about? Please join me in this blog in reviewingContinue reading “The Lie Behind K12 Inc: A Glimpse Inside”

If Learning be the Food of Profits, Mine On

Does this        equal this                   ? What is our choice to be? For those trying to understand the reality of what competency based online education is going to look like for the learning experience of children, try this mock analogy (food=learning) for size: DearContinue reading “If Learning be the Food of Profits, Mine On”

iNACOL IS DELIVERY BOY FOR ALEC’S MODEL LEGISLATION: What’s in YOUR state?

It’s no secret that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has for one of its goals, the privatization (colonization) of public education. It’s no secret that their task force for education policy is routinely co-chaired by leaders from the education technology industry (i.e. Connections Academy). It’s no secret that the education technology industry anticipates the promiseContinue reading “iNACOL IS DELIVERY BOY FOR ALEC’S MODEL LEGISLATION: What’s in YOUR state?”

“COMMON” Goal: Corporate Ownership of Public Education … Part II

Common Goal. Part II. Recap from Part I:  Lamar Alexander and Patti Murray didn’t write the new Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Business Roundtable did. They crafted their own draft called “Principles for Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.” Let me break this down for you. By now, those of us who areContinue reading ““COMMON” Goal: Corporate Ownership of Public Education … Part II”

“COMMON” Goal: Corporate Ownership of Public Education and Our Children’s Futures

Common Goal. Part I. Lamar Alexander and Patti Murray didn’t (really) write the new Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Business Roundtable (BRT) did. See the BRT resounding endorsement for ESSA here. Ok, they didn’t write it in the literal sense. Kind of like ALEC only writes “model”legislation. or maybe as they say it in theirContinue reading ““COMMON” Goal: Corporate Ownership of Public Education and Our Children’s Futures”

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