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Why Turning Our Schools into a Workforce Development Pipeline is Bad for Democracy

Being a worker means taking orders, citizenship means being an independent thinker. The two aren’t compatible. One demands obedience, the other autonomy. Here’s an uncomfortable truth we must face as a society: the workplace isn’t a democracy. Never has been, … Continue reading Why Turning Our Schools into a Workforce Development Pipeline is Bad for Democracy

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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

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They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Dintersmith rode into North Dakota via an August 2015 TEDx talk promoting his film Most Likely to Succeed. Greg Tehven, founder of the Fargo-based tech incubator Emerging Prairie who has ties to social impact investing … Continue reading They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

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The Movie “Most Likely to Succeed” is a Paid Infomercial for Project Based Learning

At the beginning of the school year, I went to a showing of Most Likely to Succeed in Bellevue, Washington. I was irritated by the premise that High Tech High – which has been heavily subsidized by Gates – was … Continue reading The Movie “Most Likely to Succeed” is a Paid Infomercial for Project Based Learning

Ted Dintersmith is not here to save neighborhood schools!

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Dintersmith knows good storytelling has the power to sway people’s opinions and has the money to buy the best messaging. His first outing was “Most Likely To Succeed” a documentary screened nationally with … Continue reading Ted Dintersmith is not here to save neighborhood schools!