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Why Turning Our Schools into a Workforce Development Pipeline is Bad for Democracy

Being a worker means taking orders, citizenship means being an independent thinker. The two aren’t compatible. One demands obedience, the other autonomy. Here’s an uncomfortable truth we must face as a society: the workplace isn’t a democracy. Never has been, … Continue reading Why Turning Our Schools into a Workforce Development Pipeline is Bad for Democracy

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Stealing Vocational Dreams: Pushing Career Education Too Soon

Reposted with permission from Nancy Bailey’s Education Website. To some extent it is necessary to forecast the kinds of jobs that will be available to students when they graduate. Businesses have every right to express their needs. But steering children into … Continue reading Stealing Vocational Dreams: Pushing Career Education Too Soon

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Kids, Welcome to the Machine: Suzi LeVine & Career Connected Learning

Editor’s Note: On May 8, 2018, Washington State’s Governor, Jay Inslee, appointed Suzi LeVine as the next commissioner of  the state’s Employment Security Department. Suzi LeVine is a brand evangelical for career connected learning which is all about catering to … Continue reading Kids, Welcome to the Machine: Suzi LeVine & Career Connected Learning

Debunking Job Training as the “Solution” to the Supposed Skills Gap: Three Things You Need to Know

Anyone who’s worked in the “real world” knows and has internalized the fact that the boss doesn’t value you for your skill set, but rather for your willingness to take and follow orders  — with a smile on your face … Continue reading Debunking Job Training as the “Solution” to the Supposed Skills Gap: Three Things You Need to Know

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Competency Based Education (CBE) and ALEC Preparing Students for the Gig Economy

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. If the history of public schools in America is the history of labor production and preparation (i.e. 19th c factory model schools for a factory society) it holds true that we are now trying to create gig-driven … Continue reading Competency Based Education (CBE) and ALEC Preparing Students for the Gig Economy

Ted Dintersmith is not here to save neighborhood schools!

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Dintersmith knows good storytelling has the power to sway people’s opinions and has the money to buy the best messaging. His first outing was “Most Likely To Succeed” a documentary screened nationally with … Continue reading Ted Dintersmith is not here to save neighborhood schools!

Building Sanctuary: A Dystopian Future We Must Fight To Avoid

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. The future is uncertain and unlikely to play out exactly as described. Nevertheless, we must begin to comprehend how technological developments combined with concentrated power and extreme income inequality are leading us to … Continue reading Building Sanctuary: A Dystopian Future We Must Fight To Avoid