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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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From Math to Marksmanship: Military Ties to Gamified Assessments

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. There is a difference between education and training. There is a difference between knowing just enough to carry out orders without questioning the chain of command and knowing enough to participate in civic … Continue reading From Math to Marksmanship: Military Ties to Gamified Assessments

Sorting Coloradoans like shoes: “by size, shape, and color.” Pilot starts in Denver Public Schools

Reposted with permission from  Missouri Education Watchdog. Original publication, February 7, 2016. WHO will be sorted?  k-12 children (pilot starting in Denver Public schools), then college kids, adults or senior citizens.  …anyone who is going to school, going back to school, … Continue reading Sorting Coloradoans like shoes: “by size, shape, and color.” Pilot starts in Denver Public Schools

Tracking for the Rest of Us

Wages and benefits are a function of supply and demand. If there are too few of a particular worker to meet employer demand, wages and benefits go up. If there’s too many workers, employers can cut compensation, knowing that among … Continue reading Tracking for the Rest of Us

The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to Advance the Ed-Tech Field, CBE, and Online Learning

Reposted with permission from Missouri Education Watchdog. In 2011 the US Department of Education (USDoE)  launched the nonprofit Digital Promise,  and Digital Promise helped create The League of Innovative Schools. (Click to see map of Innovative Schools in your area).  Digital Promise and the League of … Continue reading The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to Advance the Ed-Tech Field, CBE, and Online Learning

Childhood Lost: Schooling a Workforce.

Reposted with permission from Missouri Education Watchdog. While having an online platform to manage all your information sounds convenient, consider what information is being uploaded and who has access to this sensitive data.  Remember, under the weakened privacy law FERPA, personal … Continue reading Childhood Lost: Schooling a Workforce.

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