“Learning is Earning” the Rand Corporation way with digital badges and Edublocks

All of the elements are in place: There’s piece work employment without financial security or due process. The opportunity for corporations to pay employees in script instead of actual cash.  Smart Contracts and the possibility of a lifetime of servitude without … Continue reading “Learning is Earning” the Rand Corporation way with digital badges and Edublocks

Obama’s regret: “Taking the joy out of teaching and learning”

Obama’s call to reduce testing to 2% of the school year still requires students to take standardized tests for an outlandish twenty-four hours.  And it isn’t even all the time directly spent taking the tests that’s the biggest problem. The … Continue reading Obama’s regret: “Taking the joy out of teaching and learning”

Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

This article was written by Anthony Cody and first published in Education Week in November, 2013 and then reposted on his blog Living in Dialogue. Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors The sad facts about Common Core are most visible … Continue reading Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

Is Teach for America, Inc. morphing into Leadership for Educational Equity? Is there an image problem here or are they just playing a shell game?

  Or are they doubling the money? A job posting in the idealist: Job posted by: Leadership For Educational Equity  Senior Director, Supporter Relations About Leadership for Educational Equity Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is a nonpartisan leadership development organization … Continue reading Is Teach for America, Inc. morphing into Leadership for Educational Equity? Is there an image problem here or are they just playing a shell game?

“Listen: The Movie” challenging the culture of standardized testing

On TV, we have Bill Gates, Michelle Rhee, Arne Duncan and “Waiting for ‘Superman’” talking about failing schools, low standards, and China, but rarely do they ever talk about students. Who is going to tell the story of public education? Is it going to be the corporate-education reformers who haven’t spent a day teaching, or is it going to be the students, teachers, and parents who live the realities of these policies every day in the classroom? LISTEN is a documentary, created by a student, that attempts to tell those stories from the perspective of people most directly affected by … Continue reading “Listen: The Movie” challenging the culture of standardized testing

Diane Ravitch: The Common Core Standards “should have no legitimacy”

From The Fatal Flaw of the Common Core Standards by Diane Ravitch: The reason to oppose the Common Core standards is because they violate the well-established and internationally recognized process for setting standards in a way that is transparent, that recognizes the expertise of those who must implement them, that builds on the consensus of concerned parties, and that permits appeal and revision. Across the nation, parents and educators are raising objections to the Common Core standards, and many states are reconsidering whether to abandon them as well as the federally-funded tests that accompany them. Arne Duncan, Jeb Bush, Bill … Continue reading Diane Ravitch: The Common Core Standards “should have no legitimacy”

Testimony regarding Race to the Top funds for Seattle and student privacy

The following is testimony that I will be giving at the Seattle School Board meeting on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 regarding the approval of Race to the Top funding that is to be approved by the school board. Good evening. As many districts around the country have discovered, Race to the Top money comes with strings attached. Many districts have been loath to meet their part of the bargain after understanding what the price would be. States and districts have pulled out of the race after discovering that their part of the bargain could not be paid for, literally. I … Continue reading Testimony regarding Race to the Top funds for Seattle and student privacy

The Weekly Update: The good news the ed reformers don’t want you to hear, following the money of corporate reform, testing, the Common Core Standards and how it all relates

So much news, so little time. First, the good news from edushyster: The Great Deception How to convince the public to abandon the wishy-washy notion of education for all in three easy steps. It is an indisputably true fact that our public schools are *hopelessly* failing beyond any hope of excellence. Yet the public remains strangely attached to the idea that publicly-funded schools have an obligation to educate all kids. Alas, that old-fashioned notion of equity is like the Lindsay Lohan of principles: washed-up and of waning interest. Today’s edu-visionary is all about excellence: the laser-honed vision of a 21st … Continue reading The Weekly Update: The good news the ed reformers don’t want you to hear, following the money of corporate reform, testing, the Common Core Standards and how it all relates

The Weekly Update: Cyber buck$, high stake$ testing and charter school$. It’s all about the children, right?

The Weekly Update for the News and Views You Might Have Missed Some of our state representatives are not asleep at the wheel. On Friday I posted information regarding two bills that are up for public hearings this coming week. That same day three of our representatives questioned the motives of the legislators who were dropping these ludicrous and expensive bills. Democracy in action? I sure hope so. From The Hopper Senators question GOP push to bring corporate strategy to WA education Friday, February 01 2013 In a meeting with the press today, Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray and Sens. … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Cyber buck$, high stake$ testing and charter school$. It’s all about the children, right?

Part 1: High stakes testing : A little history

I will be posting a series on high stakes testing and opting out on this blog. Why? In other states where high stakes testing has become the norm, parents and educators are discovering that what is happening is harmful to their children and to education in general and they are pushing back by opting out. Unfortunately, high stakes testing has officially begun in Seattle. It started with the following memo from Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda issued this school year: “Beginning this fall, teachers who have been on this system for two school years prior to 2012-2013, and who … Continue reading Part 1: High stakes testing : A little history

The Weekly Update: Gates’ test metric is imploding, disappearing students in El Paso, Pearson sells a blank art book and takes down 1.5M ed sites.

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed. Let’s start with Bill Gates. Posting this article gives me great sadness. I feel no anger and frustration, just sorrow in regards to what Gates has wrought with his millions of dollars. It will take time to turn the tide but it is becoming increasingly apparent that Gates’ way is not the right way. Unfortunately teachers and students have had to suffer much stress and turmoil being a part of Gates’ latest experiment. Gates Foundation’s MET Project Has Leaped Before Looking It is especially hard to understand why … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Gates’ test metric is imploding, disappearing students in El Paso, Pearson sells a blank art book and takes down 1.5M ed sites.