Wayne Au, PhD: How a whiter Seattle creates more education inequities

Dr. Wayne Au is an Associate Professor of Education at the School of Educational Studies at University of Washington, Bothell, and an editor for Rethinking Schools, a magazine focused on issues of educational justice. He is a product of Seattle Public Schools (Garfield Class of ’90), and he earned his BA and MIT from The Evergreen State College. He also taught in Seattle Public Schools (including teaching at a program for drop outs) and in the Berkeley Unified School District before getting his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a minor in Education Policy Studies, from the University of Wisconsin, … Continue reading Wayne Au, PhD: How a whiter Seattle creates more education inequities

Corporate Education Reform is modern day eugenics

Blinded by Pseudoscience: Standardized Testing is Modern Day Eugenics by Steven Singer at gadfly on the wall blog Make no mistake. Corporate Education Reform is modern day eugenics. It pretends to justify increasing standardization and privatization of public schools through flawed … Continue reading Corporate Education Reform is modern day eugenics

EduShyster: Stuff White People Like: Education Reform

Here’s an excerpt. One lesson made abundantly clear by the recent Chicago teachers’ strike was that our nation suffers from a dearth of African-American hedge fund managers and venture capitalists. What can we do about this shameful scourge? I have no idea, but what I do know is that the strike revealed a fascinating split along race and class lines over what white hedge fund managers like to call priming the edu-pump for future profits education reform. The key take away: rich white people who send their kids to private schools were the only group to oppose the teachers’ strike. In … Continue reading EduShyster: Stuff White People Like: Education Reform

Education as a Right Wing Wedge Issue and How to Stop It : Race and Education Reform

Netroots Nation presented a panel on the subject of privitization of our public school system in June during the Netroots Nation Conference. To follow is an introduction about the topic and the video of the panel discussion. For many low-income areas and communities of color, education is regarded as the key to rebuilding our communities and overcoming injustice. So why has education policy become so divisive? In this session, panelists will draw on their experience and expertise as public school teachers, parents and advocates to guide attendees toward an understanding of the ways in which education reform has been used … Continue reading Education as a Right Wing Wedge Issue and How to Stop It : Race and Education Reform

The Corporate Reform Movement and the Pushback

Stan Karp of Rethinking Schools gave this talk at the Northwest Teachers for Social Justice conference held in Seattle on October 1, 2010. Look again at the issues the corporate reformers have made prominent features of school reform efforts in every state: rapid expansion of charters, closing low performing schools, more testing, elimination of tenure and seniority for teachers, and test-based teacher evaluation.  If every one of these policies was fully implemented in every state tomorrow, it would do absolutely nothing to close academic achievement gaps, increase high school graduation rates, or expand access to college.  There is no evidence tying any of … Continue reading The Corporate Reform Movement and the Pushback

How Arne Duncan is Transforming New Orleans Public Schools

Few of us can forget Arne Duncan’s now infamous quote that Hurricane Katrina “was the best thing to happen to the education system in New Orleans”. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, charter school enterprises came in along with Teach for America and “transformed” the education system of that city. For a description of what happened during that period and why, read Naomi Klein’s introduction to her book The Shock Doctrine. For other views on whether Duncan and Co. have succeeded with their grand plan see the Institute on Race and Poverty: New Orleans School Experiment is Not Serving the … Continue reading How Arne Duncan is Transforming New Orleans Public Schools

It’s the Weekend

…and an excuse for me to mix things up a bit. First up, a wonderful video titled Stems Need Blooms.     Next up, another great post by Jim Horn, Big Time Self Plagiarism, Punked Web Lemmings, and Chain Gangs For All? Part 1. To follow is an excerpt. Part of my unpaid job is to sniff out the grisliest of educational abuses and to publicly ridicule them in ways that are reality-based, researched, honest, and entertaining.  That is why I spend so much time on KIPP, which I view as the greatest threat to the possibility for humane and … Continue reading It’s the Weekend

The Big Picture: Privatizing Education, Part 3

By Kristin The “education reform” sweeping the nation right now isn’t reform at all. It’s privatization and deregulation. Part One of this three-part article explained what privatization is and who’s benefiting: billionaires and corporations. Part Two explained how they’re getting power: using nonprofits and leveraging public funding. This part shows how the process of privatization works and how it can be stopped! How Are the Rich and Powerful Privatizing Education? The process by which our education system is becoming privatized is fairly complicated and includes a number of different parties acting in different ways and for different reasons. Some are … Continue reading The Big Picture: Privatizing Education, Part 3

The Big Picture: Privatizing Education, Part 2

by Kristin The “education reform” sweeping the nation right now isn’t reform at all. It’s privatization and deregulation. Part One explained privatization and deregulation and explored the billionaires and corporations pushing for it. This section explains the strategy they’re using: using nonprofits. Part Three will show how the different aspects of “education reform” work together as a process — and how it can be stopped! How Do They Get Power? Billionaires and corporations exert their influence and push for privatization using a myriad of strategies, some obvious and some not. They can directly lobby the state and federal government for … Continue reading The Big Picture: Privatizing Education, Part 2

The Big Picture: Privatizing Education (Part One of Three)

The Big Picture: Privatizing Education (Part One of Three) By Kristin The  “education reform” sweeping the nation right now isn’t reform at all. It’s privatization and deregulation. This three-part article explains what privatization is and who benefits from it. The forthcoming Part Two will explain the strategy being used, and Part Three will show how the different aspects of  “education reform” work together as a process — and how it can be stopped! Part One: An Introduction to Privatization Since the 1800s, public education has been free and available to everyone. It held the promise that allowed people to strive … Continue reading The Big Picture: Privatizing Education (Part One of Three)

Race and The (mis)Measures of Academic Progress

An Op-Ed by Guest Contributor Jesse Hagopian: There is a lot of talk in well-financed education reform circles about “closing the achievement gap” – the difference in academic performance between more affluent white children and underprivileged kids of color. Plagiarizing phrases from the Civil Rights movement, these politically-connected reformers talk of a “revolution” in education accountability and claim to be building a high-stakes testing “movement” to measure the needs of students who have traditionally been left behind. Education Secretary Arne Duncan even referred to the opening of the film Waiting for “Superman”– which advocates charter schools and demonizes teachers’ unions … Continue reading Race and The (mis)Measures of Academic Progress

Seattle’s Fired Superintendent, Maria Goodloe-Johnson, on the short list for Newark School District’s top spot: Seattle says Huh??? — and Heads-up!

Seattle’s controversial and recently fired school superintendent, Maria Goodloe-Johnson, is a potential contender for school superintendent of Newark, reports the Newark Star Ledger   (“Newark schools superintendent search narrowed to 2 candidates, sources say” — April 21, 2011). Those of us in Seattle’s Public School District who just experienced three and a half years of turmoil, scandal and fake data under our Broad Academy-trainee and her belligerent corporate agenda, have a few thoughts to share with Newark about this bit of surprising news. This discussion, from Seattle’s highly informed and informative Save Seattle Schools Community Blog, pretty much cuts to the … Continue reading Seattle’s Fired Superintendent, Maria Goodloe-Johnson, on the short list for Newark School District’s top spot: Seattle says Huh??? — and Heads-up!