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They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Dintersmith rode into North Dakota via an August 2015 TEDx talk promoting his film Most Likely to Succeed. Greg Tehven, founder of the Fargo-based tech incubator Emerging Prairie who has ties to social impact investing … Continue reading They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

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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!

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

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. ESSA was designed to open the flood gates for neoliberal profiteers to not only profit from public educations services (I,e. tests or curriculum) but to completely own it… “Social impact bond projects are very definitely privatisation. PFI/PPP projects … Continue reading Step-by-step Privatization and Profit: ESSA Delivers Schools to Wall Street with a Bow on Top

Learning from Past Mistakes: Seattle Public School’s Greatest Superintendent Misses, Part 1: Joseph Olchefske

Editor’s note: As Seattle Public Schools starts to narrow the field of potential superintendents it’s important to learn from past mistakes. Example one: Joseph Olchefske. -Carolyn Leith From February 5, 2017: THE BALLAD OF JOSEPH OLCHEFSKE: MIDDLE COLLEGE, ED-REFORM MARKET FAILURE, AND … Continue reading Learning from Past Mistakes: Seattle Public School’s Greatest Superintendent Misses, Part 1: Joseph Olchefske

Don’t Forget Marc Tucker

Reposted with permission and light editing from  Missouri Education Watchdog. Original title: Don’t Forget Marc.   Marc Tucker must be mad. Bill Gates gets all the credit for our current transformation of education, when Marc was the mastermind of this “wholly … Continue reading Don’t Forget Marc Tucker

ALEC, iNACOL, and Online Learning Pathways

Original Title:Original Title: iNACOL’s Trojan Horse. Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. Under the guise of bringing alternate, online learning “pathways” to students, iNACOL leaders meet with politicians and corporate leaders to come … Continue reading ALEC, iNACOL, and Online Learning Pathways

Biocapitalism, Corporate Colonialism & Education Policy

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. To learn more about how biocapitalism controls bodies and minds of children via public education policy read Clayton Pierce –Education in the Age of Biocapitalism: Optimizing educational life for a flat world. Pierce explores how generations of … Continue reading Biocapitalism, Corporate Colonialism & Education Policy

The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to Advance the Ed-Tech Field, CBE, and Online Learning

Reposted with permission from Missouri Education Watchdog. In 2011 the US Department of Education (USDoE)  launched the nonprofit Digital Promise,  and Digital Promise helped create The League of Innovative Schools. (Click to see map of Innovative Schools in your area).  Digital Promise and the League of … Continue reading The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to Advance the Ed-Tech Field, CBE, and Online Learning

Robots Replacing Teachers? Laugh at Your Own Risk.

Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. Read their own documents, and you’ll see that they are planning to turn live, face-to-face teaching into a “premium service.” A premium service.   Meaning that they know face-to-face instruction … Continue reading Robots Replacing Teachers? Laugh at Your Own Risk.

24 Graduation Credits, OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Push for Competency-Based Learning

After an exhausting presidential election, those in power expect us to checkout and stop paying attention. Here’s a few good reason to stay vigilant. In Washington State, the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction was very close. Chris Reykdal ended … Continue reading 24 Graduation Credits, OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Push for Competency-Based Learning

Is Wall Street About to Take Over Public Education Once and for All?

Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. And so, unbeknownst to most of the public, our schools – and the teaching profession – are being remade in order to facilitate this market. Organizations … Continue reading Is Wall Street About to Take Over Public Education Once and for All?