The Bunkum Awards in Education go to Rhee, Gates, ALEC and more of your edu faves

From the National Education Policy Center (NEPC): This marks our eighth year of handing out the Bunkum Awards, recognizing the lowlights in educational research over the past year. As long as the bunk keeps flowing, the awards will keep coming. It’s the least we can do. This year’s deserving awardees join a pantheon of divine purveyors of weak data, shoddy analyses, and overblown recommendations from years past. Congratulations, we guess—to whatever extent congratulations are due. 2013 Bunkum Honorees The ‘Do You Believe in Miracles?’ Award To Public Agenda for Review of Failure Is Not an Option Read Review → The … Continue reading The Bunkum Awards in Education go to Rhee, Gates, ALEC and more of your edu faves

Why corporate reformers fabricate public school failures

One interesting phenomenon that many of us see is how people, particularly parents, will say that schools are failing but the school that their children go to is fine. They also say that they like the teachers and are satisfied with the education their child is receiving, it’s just those other schools that they constantly hear about that are failing. Which ones exactly? They’re not sure but “you hear about it all the time in the news”. Hmmm. And to continue in that vein, the Seattle Times is going to publish everything you wanted to know about the test scores and … Continue reading Why corporate reformers fabricate public school failures

Weekly Update: K12, Inc. tanks with parents and Wall Street, how “non-profit” charter school$ fleece taxpayers, a school to prison pipeline, literally, and much, much more.

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed Helen Barkin writes a thorough review of what happened state by state on November 6, 2012 in this article. What Happened to Public Education on Election Night? An excerpt: Barack Obama’s K-12 “reform” policies have brought misery to public schools across the country: more standardized testing, faulty evaluations for teachers based on student test scores, more public schools shut down rather than improved, more privately managed and for-profit charter schools soaking up tax dollars but providing little improvement, more money wasted on unproven computer-based instruction, and more opportunities … Continue reading Weekly Update: K12, Inc. tanks with parents and Wall Street, how “non-profit” charter school$ fleece taxpayers, a school to prison pipeline, literally, and much, much more.