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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.

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?

The Ugly Facts About Ed-Reform, Partisan Bickering and the Resistance

I find it disturbing how quickly basic facts are flushed down the memory hole. Yes, Betsy Devos is the extreme example of the type of privatizer destroying public education, but the Democrats – with Obama at the helm – opened … Continue reading The Ugly Facts About Ed-Reform, Partisan Bickering and the Resistance

The Doublespeak of Ed Reform Regarding Charter Schools

Originally published in The Huffington Post, by co-editor Sue Peters I can’t help but wonder if it isn’t an intentional Catch 22 that some people are trying to trap our public schools in– setting them up to fail, making it … Continue reading The Doublespeak of Ed Reform Regarding Charter Schools

The ESSA: A renewed attack on parents’ and students’ rights

Reposted from SocialistWorker.org:   The education deform empire strikes back by Marilena Marchetti The battle over high-stakes testing and the future of public education is back in play after the Obama administration’s latest moves. THE PROPOSED regulations for national implementation … Continue reading The ESSA: A renewed attack on parents’ and students’ rights

Excellent article re: President Obama’s record on education

The following article was originally published on AlterNet and was written by Kristin Rawls, a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, GOOD Magazine, Religion Dispatches, Killing the Buddha and Global Comment. Are the President’s Education Policies Helping Our Kids? When Barack Obama ran for office in 2008, he did so on an education platform that was “ambitious” to say the least. Then-candidate Obama was clear that he aimed to reform America’s entire education system, from preschool on up through higher education — and during his first term as president, his administration has indeed made significant … Continue reading Excellent article re: President Obama’s record on education

Weekly Update: Week of November 6, 2011

Another week full of news stories. Here are some of the high and low lights. First is an example of police brutality at its’ worst. Police, and I use that term loosely, are seen shoving at full strength the ends of their batons into the stomachs of students both male and female at UC Berkeley. U.S. police in riot gear clashed with student protesters at the University of California, Berkeley, after they refused to dismantle their camp. Tents were erected following a march against tuition fee increases for students – which was part of the broader Occupy Wall Street movement. … Continue reading Weekly Update: Week of November 6, 2011

Arne Duncan/President Obama’s New “Flexibility” Program, the NCLB Waivers

Observations: It’s interesting how President Obama in his speech yesterday referred to  No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as a failed program with no mention of Race to the Top (RTTT) which was the same but worse. Some of us refer to RTTT  as NCLB on steroids and it seems that at this time most people have recognized that RTTT is also a failed policy. It was a policy of forcing school districts to align to a specific set of standards and if the standards were not met, the school was “turned around”, meaning either the school was closed permanently, half … Continue reading Arne Duncan/President Obama’s New “Flexibility” Program, the NCLB Waivers

The Failure of Education Reform: “Transformation” at Central Falls High School

Remember this? In response to that horrific event, people responded like Esther Wojcicki, a dedicated teacher in Palo Alto, CA. She wrote an op-ed for CNN titled Work with teachers, don’t fire them. And this response from Nanette Richard on what the real cause of “low student performance” was at that time, RI teachers fired at Central Falls High School. And this from the teachers at Central Falls High School, Fired teachers defend their positions. That was last year when there was all of the hoopla from  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and even President Obama that the firing of … Continue reading The Failure of Education Reform: “Transformation” at Central Falls High School

Should I Order the Champagne?

Wayne Au with Rethinking Schools, who some of you will have the pleasure of meeting at the forum on October 5th, sent me a link to Bye, Bye Duncan? that was in the Chronicle for Higher Education. What was interesting to me about this article is that this morning when listening to political analysis on the radio about what the Obama administration has achieved in the last two years,  I noticed that there was not any mention made about his education initiative, Race to the Top. I shrugged it off thinking that it just hadn’t been written into the script. … Continue reading Should I Order the Champagne?

Letter to President Obama From Parents Across America

Sue and I are founding members of an organization called Parents Across America. This group is made up of education activists and bloggers who share the belief that there is a far more realistic and successful approach to teaching and learning than what we have been hearing about from President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. We will begin to reach out formally to parents in our communities in the near future after general organizational matters are decided upon. In the meantime, I have started a list serv called Parents Across Seattle that will provide information on opportunities to … Continue reading Letter to President Obama From Parents Across America