We live in a collapsing global economy where capital seeks any opportunity for profit in a shrinking marketplace and public education offers a unique opportunity to appropriate public resources for private ends. ---Mark Naison|
Smart people saw decades ago that changes in demographics and resources would severely limit the growth that capitalism requires. Sacrificing public good to support continued capital growth has been part of the plan for a long time. We are now in a zero-sum game, at least until some deus ex machina rescues us. So, Microsoft wins, Apple wins, Wal-Mart wins, Boeing wins, Raytheon wins, but public education LOSES. ---R Gary Valliant.
With A Brooklyn Accent: Why High School Students Will Ultimately Take the Lead in Protests Against Corporate School Reform- A View From the Bronx
**Why Does Education Reform Attract so Much Resistance? It's all for the Kids, Right?
TAKING THE NARRATIVE - DE-RAILING THE ED REFORM TRAIN (quick and dirty notes)
Eliminate No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)
How to Destroy Education While Making a Trillion Dollars
and a response from Walking Man Jesse Turner with:
Alfie Kohn Interview: Will the Common Core Benefit Children?
A bumpy transition for Indiana schools | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill Thursday that would have forced school boards and teachers unions to consider teacher performance when making layoff decisions, rather than just seniority.
Dayton wrote in his veto letter Thursday that the bill was just one of many introduced this legislative session that was "anti-public schools, anti-public school teachers, or anti-collective bargaining rights."
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Accountability and Merit Based Pay
Facebook Groups to Join
The Perils of Standardization Testing
High-Stakes Testing: Learning Improvement Tool or Corporate Boondoggle
This was written by Fred Smith, a retired New York City Board of Education senior analyst who worked for the public school system in test research and development.
Protests and Resistance
An open letter of concern regarding high-stakes testing and the school reform agenda of New York
to Testing and Standardization
PTA Encourages State and Local Chapters to Adopt National Resolution on High
FYI: National PTA says: "For clarification – National PTA has not endorsed (and will not be endorsing) the National Resolution of High Stakes Testing. The sharing of this resolution via National PTA social media outlets was to make state and local PTAs aware of the resolution and provide them with the opportunity to learn more and officially endorse, should they feel compelled to do so." The National PTA receives generous funding from the Gates Foundation and supports RttT and testing. They even train parents to promote the testing. They are bought.
ALEC, DeVos, Rhee, Bush, Gates, Teach for America,
and the Privatization of Public Education
Charter SchoolsCHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS
Some will find this link from Kathryn Shively to be of interest. Dig around in here for a few minutes to see what the government is doing to follow up on the impact of its education programs. My quick reaction: We are spending millions on studies of programs where the findings are inconclusive at best and then the results of the studies have no impact on future funding of programs. Example: Two major studies show charter schools are no better than public schools but the push to develop charters continues under RttT.Charter Schools Research Brief from IUPUI
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Episode 52 of At the Chalk Face
Why is it so easy to rally around a billboard that puts down teachers and so hard to get people to respond to what is happening to their children and their public schools. What is the ingredient that gets them going? I really don't get why every parent and teacher we contact isn't sending the petition on to all of their friends and relatives. Do they not see what is happening in NYC, Philly, LA. NOLA, etc., etc., etc? Do they really believe it won't happen to their schools?