This Goes Under “Cashing In On Ed Reform”: Online charter school K12 Inc.

K12 Online Learning is in Washington State  using tax dollars to cash in on the online charter school industry. This was first published on the Seattle Education blog in 2012 and originally posted at Ed Week the same year but I think it’s time … Continue reading This Goes Under “Cashing In On Ed Reform”: Online charter school K12 Inc.

On the Road with the ‪#‎OptOutBus2016:‬ Coast to Coast Free Books for Kids Tour

Editor’s note: Susan and Shawn Dufresne are social justice and education activists. A brief introduction: Susan DuFresne – Integrated Kindergarten Teacher with General Education and Special Education endorsements – 7 years in the Renton School District, Teacher of Professional Conscience, … Continue reading On the Road with the ‪#‎OptOutBus2016:‬ Coast to Coast Free Books for Kids Tour

Beware of “the 74” and Campbell Brown

I wrote an article recently about a post in “the 74” on their preponderance of interest in charter schools in Washington State. With sponsors such as the Waltons and Michael Bloomberg, both proponents of charter schools, who could be surprised? Because of the attention … Continue reading Beware of “the 74” and Campbell Brown

KIPP charter schools and the behavior modification of…teachers

“The No-Nonsense Nurturer Program has transformed the lives of thousands of students by transforming the practices of their teachers… It is simply a must-learn set of new skills for every teacher in America.” Dave Levin Co-Founder, KIPP Schools Remember that … Continue reading KIPP charter schools and the behavior modification of…teachers

The Gates owned Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) right here in Seattle

Whenever Bill Gates wants to justify the ideas he imposes on public school children around the country, he relies on the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) to appear with a research paper or study, that is not peer reviewed, … Continue reading The Gates owned Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) right here in Seattle

The Heroes at Sandy Hook

I am reposting several articles as a composite of the heroes of Sandy Hook. America’s Teachers: Heroes or Greedy Moochers at the Public Trough? I’ll be brief here. Let’s just note that the heroic teachers who died while courageously trying to protect their kids at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, and the others who survived but stayed to protect the kids, were all part of a school system where the employees are members of the American Federation of Teachers. Let’s just let that sink in for a moment. Those teachers, who are routinely being accused by our … Continue reading The Heroes at Sandy Hook

Chris Hedges: Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System

Posted originally on April 11, 2012 on truthdig. A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind. It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy. It celebrates rote vocational training and the singular, amoral skill of making money. It churns out stunted human products, lacking the capacity and vocabulary to challenge the assumptions and structures of the corporate state. It funnels them into a caste system of drones and systems managers. It transforms a democratic state into … Continue reading Chris Hedges: Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System

Achievement First Charter School Parents Speak Out : A must watch

“Whatever it takes”, the motto of Achievement First. I have read and heard stories about charter schools that are geared toward minority students, as most are, but this is the first time that I have watched in-depth interviews of parents who had their children in these charter school franchises. “Behavior modification training” is a term that one parent described her son’s first experience in this charter school. May Taliaferrow, former parent at Achievement First, Brooklyn, NY starts out as an avid charter school supporter but finds parents are shut out and children are subjected to severe discipline and ends up … Continue reading Achievement First Charter School Parents Speak Out : A must watch

And you wonder why children can’t learn!?

From “A rising hunger among children” from boston.com. Doctors at a major Boston hospital report they are seeing more hungry and dangerously thin young children in the emergency room than at any time in more than a decade of surveying families. Many families are unable to afford enough healthy food to feed their children, say the Boston Medical Center doctors. The resulting chronic hunger threatens to leave scores of infants and toddlers with lasting learning and developmental problems. Before the economy soured in 2007, 12 percent of youngsters age 3 and under whose families were randomly surveyed in the hospital’s … Continue reading And you wonder why children can’t learn!?