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Badges Find Their Way to San Jose, Philadelphia (and the Point Defiance Zoo)

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears.   In this brave, new world education will no longer be defined as an organic, interdisciplinary process where children and educators collaborate in real-time, face-to-face, as a community of learners. Instead, 21st century education … Continue reading Badges Find Their Way to San Jose, Philadelphia (and the Point Defiance Zoo)

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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

Data Unicorns? Tech Giants and US Dept of Ed Form Alliance to Leverage Student Data — Without Parent Consent.

Reposted with permission from Missouri Education Watchdog.  Project Unicorn: Billionaire partners promoting data interoperability and online “Personalized Learning” When the Unicorns “protecting” student data are interoperable with the Unicorns taking it, parents and lawmakers might want to pay attention. According to Technopedia, … Continue reading Data Unicorns? Tech Giants and US Dept of Ed Form Alliance to Leverage Student Data — Without Parent Consent.

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

An Interview with Alison McDowell: KEXP’s Mind Over Matters Community Forum

On August 5th Alison McDowell was a guest on KEXP’s news program Mind Over Matters. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link below ( be patient – it takes a little bit of time for the … Continue reading An Interview with Alison McDowell: KEXP’s Mind Over Matters Community Forum

What’s the big secret about the SBAC and PARCC test questions?

Back in the day, after I took a test and it was graded, I got my test paper back to see what questions I got wrong. It was part of the learning process. It seems these days that Pearson doesn’t … Continue reading What’s the big secret about the SBAC and PARCC test questions?