CCER, the Road Map Project and the loss of student privacy

This post was originally published on December 19, 2012 and titled A Race to the Top Winner, Really? The Community Center for Education Results (CCER) was responsible for creating the proposal to collect an extensive amount of student data on our children. This pertains to Bill Gates’ desire to collect student information for each child in this country that can be accessed by those producing and profiting from products to be sold to school districts. For more on this, see Will the Data Warehouse Become Every Student and Teacher’s “Permanent Record”? Here’s an excerpt:         inBloom, the non-profit started with a … Continue reading CCER, the Road Map Project and the loss of student privacy

Let’s give President Obama a clue about Race to the Top

    It’s sad that during the debate President Obama twice, if not three times, mentioned Race to the Top as the crowning achievement of his presidency. Someone needs to give him a clue and Diane Ravitch has an idea: Please write a letter to President Obama and send it to Anthony Cody’s e-mail address listed below by Oct. 17th. Please invite everyone you know to write to Pres. Obama. We need thousands upon thousands of letters to make a difference for Public Education! Please write your thoughts about what needs to change in federal education policy and send a … Continue reading Let’s give President Obama a clue about Race to the Top

Chicago Teachers Strike: News and Interviews

I recently discovered a great news source,  Real News. Jaisal Noor, who is also a reporter for Democracy Now, does some excellent reporting on education issues around the country and understands the political and financial undercurrents for the big push towards the privatization of our public schools. To follow are two reports by Mr. Noor for Real News on the teachers’ strike and then the first episode in a series on where the presidential candidates stand on all things education. Chicago Teachers Strike Enters Fourth Day Labor unions back striking teachers, while Democrats remain silent. Chicago Teachers Strike Rooted in … Continue reading Chicago Teachers Strike: News and Interviews

Chris Hedges: Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System

Posted originally on April 11, 2012 on truthdig. A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind. It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy. It celebrates rote vocational training and the singular, amoral skill of making money. It churns out stunted human products, lacking the capacity and vocabulary to challenge the assumptions and structures of the corporate state. It funnels them into a caste system of drones and systems managers. It transforms a democratic state into … Continue reading Chris Hedges: Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System

A Look at Race to the Top

The “scientific evidence or research for the four interventions proposed for school improvement grants is, at best, sketchy. …. If we are going to mandate interventions from the federal level we need to be clear about why we are mandating such reforms and what evidence we have for our actions. Otherwise I worry that we are not learning from NCLB and are just repeating our mistakes.” Sen. Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Education Week, May 21, 2010 Someone in our listening audience last night during the Parents Across America conference call asked a … Continue reading A Look at Race to the Top

The F-word of Ed Reform — and its unholy alliance with right-wing union-busting

I came across this post that Sue wrote last year that I believe needs to see the light of day again as a reminder of just how far people will go who think that they know better than we do about how our children should be educated. And mind you, these folks are not educators and most, if not all, do not have children in public schools and yet they consider themselves the authorities on the subject of education. It’s amazing what money can buy. Dora Apr 7, 1933 Nazi governors appointed to rule the German states. End of federalism. … Continue reading The F-word of Ed Reform — and its unholy alliance with right-wing union-busting

Parents Across America’s Position on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Issued on November 8, 2011 Today, the national group, Parents Across America, sent a letter to the members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee after noting that panelists testifying at a committee hearing today about reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education law included no parent representatives. PAA has reached out to the HELP committee repeatedly with our concern that parent voices are being left out of this critical discussion of the federal laws which will impact our children’s education for years to come. Here is the text of the letter to the HELP committee, which includes … Continue reading Parents Across America’s Position on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Race to the Top is a Race Off a Cliff

Thank goodness that our state didn’t go aggressively after the Race to the Top bribe although we had our own state PTA pushing for it along with the corporate backed Stand for Children and the League of Education Voters. Now states that bought into the scam, whether they received the RTTT money or not, are stuck with an evaluation system that is failing on all levels and has overwhelmed principals, teachers, and worst of all, the students. From yesterday’s New York Times article titled In Tennessee, Following the Rules for Evaluations Off a Cliff, Last year, when Tennessee was named … Continue reading Race to the Top is a Race Off a Cliff

Jim Horn on Tennessee

Jim Horn with Schools Matter is back with a blistering commentary on Arne Duncan’s new plan for our children. Below is his take on what is happening in his home state of Tennessee. Dora Mr. Superlative, Arne Duncan, announced last week that Tennessee will likely be the first state granted a royal waiver from the child and school crushing NCLB testing targets that guarantee an 80-90 percent failure rate in most school communities across America by 2014. I was in Tennessee at the time recovering from foot surgery when a friend there called with the news.  Having just that day … Continue reading Jim Horn on Tennessee

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

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

Some Reading for the Week

I opened up my mail this morning with some great articles being sent my way. These essays deserve more than a link in the right-hand column. Peruse at your leisure. Dora Education Policy  Should Honor the Obvious by Anthony Cody. The Corporate Dream: Teachers as Temps by Glen Ford. Beware of Economists Bearing Education Reforms by William Mathis. Continue reading Some Reading for the Week