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Do You Believe a Universal Basic Income will Save Society? Think again.

I can’t help but get a bad feeling whenever a universal basic income is pitched as the next big thing that will fix poverty. Having paid attention to ed-reform, I’ve heard all of this before. Wasn’t No Child Left Behind … Continue reading Do You Believe a Universal Basic Income will Save Society? Think again.

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School Transformation Double Talk Threatens Students and Teachers

Reposted with permission from Nancy Bailey’s Education Website. Empowered is a popular word. But in North Dakota they are handing schools over to Knowledgeworks, a foundation that will convert schools to technology.  The only way teachers will be empowered is if they sign on … Continue reading School Transformation Double Talk Threatens Students and Teachers

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

How exactly did the Department of Defense end up in my child’s classroom?

  You cannot fully understand what is happening with Future Ready school redesign, 1:1 device programs, embedded assessments, gamification, classroom management apps, and the push for students in neighborhood schools to supplement instruction with online courses until you grasp the … Continue reading How exactly did the Department of Defense end up in my child’s classroom?

ALEC is Excited About the New Testing Provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), so is iNACOL

  Personally, whenever a bill in Washington D.C. is praised for its bipartisan nature – I get worried. The common ground discovered by Democrats and Republicans, usually comes at our expense. The Every Student Succeeds Act  of 2015 (ESSA) is … Continue reading ALEC is Excited About the New Testing Provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), so is iNACOL

Chris Reykdal’s Statement on Opting Out

We asked all of the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) candidates their position on opting out of the SBAC. Four of the candidates responded to our query and we are publishing their answers today. Opting your … Continue reading Chris Reykdal’s Statement on Opting Out

Erin Jones’ Statement on Opting Out

We asked all of the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) candidates their position on opting out of the SBAC. Four of the candidates responded to our query and we are publishing their answers today. The bullying … Continue reading Erin Jones’ Statement on Opting Out

Larry Seaquist’s Statement on Opting Out

We asked all of the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) candidates their position on opting out of the SBAC. Four of the candidates responded to our query and we are publishing their answers today. LIBERATE LEARNING. … Continue reading Larry Seaquist’s Statement on Opting Out

Education Reform: Democracy Left Behind

By its nature, democracy presumes the value of local control. Democracy trusts in the people to rule themselves, based on their collective judgment, freed from externally imposed dictates. From the National Education Policy Center, policy brief: How Recent Education Reforms Undermine Local School Governance and Democratic Education This video provides an overall understanding of the brief. Some of the recommendations in this study: · Move from a punitive to a participatory model for engaging local communities in reform efforts. Rather than threatening to withhold funding from struggling schools, provide additional support and incentives for staff, parents, and other community members … Continue reading Education Reform: Democracy Left Behind

What the No Child Left Behind Waiver will mean to Washington State

The sum of all these changes means that test scores will matter even more in the states with waivers than in the states oppressed by NCLB’s heavy-handed regulations. The following was written by Diane Ravitch and posted on US News’ The Daily Beast: Obama Grants Waivers to NCLB and Makes a Bad Situation Worse Secretary Arne Duncan is right about the No Child Left Behind law: It is an unmitigated disaster. Signed into law a decade ago by President George W. Bush, NCLB is widely despised for turning schools into testing factories. By mandating that every student in the nation … Continue reading What the No Child Left Behind Waiver will mean to Washington State