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

Weekly Update: Class sizes of 36, 50 and 62, the Walton’s in Louisiana, a global education strike and more

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed Alice Walton of the Walton family, who are big contributors to the proliferation of charter schools and vouchers, is the same Alice Walton who has contributed $1.7M, and counting, to the charter school Initiative 1240 in Washington State. The Walton’s are investing heavily now in Louisiana where school vouchers are now legal and the Walton’s, along with some of the other wealthy few, want to ensure that charter schools not only remain in place but proliferate as the article in The Nation below describes. See the Walmart 1% … Continue reading Weekly Update: Class sizes of 36, 50 and 62, the Walton’s in Louisiana, a global education strike and more

The Weekly Update: The Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and vouchers. A few of my favorite things.

The Weekly Update for the news you might have missed. We’ll start with this commentary on the Gates Foundation and how it has lost its way. A non-profit can have too much money. Reforming Gates In my last post I wrote about the pattern at the Gates Foundation of abusing the idea of “research” and “evidence” to advance its education policy agenda.  Gates has an organizational culture that permits intellectual corruption.  There are good people at Gates doing good work, but there is something rotten about the organization that needs to be changed if they hope to succeed over the long … Continue reading The Weekly Update: The Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and vouchers. A few of my favorite things.