“Summit teachers do not see themselves as disseminators of knowledge”: Summit charter enterprise disappoints and a lawsuit ensues

    The difference between parents’ expectations when enrolling their students into a Summit charter school and the reality of the educational experience, or lack thereof, is enormous. This has been experienced by parents and teachers around the country and … Continue reading  “Summit teachers do not see themselves as disseminators of knowledge”: Summit charter enterprise disappoints and a lawsuit ensues

Indiana Parents Concerned About Summit Charter School and Online Learning

There have been concerns expressed by parents around the country about online learning and specifically about Summit charter schools which devote their educational experience to online learning. It’s a cheap platform and has great financial benefits for the owners of … Continue reading Indiana Parents Concerned About Summit Charter School and Online Learning

The stealth campaign for charter schools found in emails of Seattle Public School employees and the candidacy of Omar Vasquez

  We have published several articles on Summit charter schools and “personalized learning” which is a sugar coated description of placing students in front of a computer for all their lessons and tests. There is nothing personalized about the programs, … Continue reading The stealth campaign for charter schools found in emails of Seattle Public School employees and the candidacy of Omar Vasquez

Seattle Public Schools IT Head John Krull answers our questions…well, sort of

John Krull agreed to answer our questions about what is happening in terms of technology and software programs planned for Seattle Public Schools. As Krull states in his letter of application for the position within Seattle Public Schools, “I implemented … Continue reading Seattle Public Schools IT Head John Krull answers our questions…well, sort of

Someone is driving the curriculum in Seattle Public Schools and it’s not educators, parents or the school board

Shortly after publishing a post titled The Seattle school board is asking the question: Where should technology fit into the education of K-12 students? on how the school board wanted to deliberate and have a conversation on the role of … Continue reading Someone is driving the curriculum in Seattle Public Schools and it’s not educators, parents or the school board

What Corporations, Bill Gates and the Department of Defense Have Planned for Public Education: A video

      Alison McDowell, editor of Wrench in the Gears, gave a presentation titled Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education  on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Lake City Library in Seattle. … Continue reading What Corporations, Bill Gates and the Department of Defense Have Planned for Public Education: A video

Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education: A Talk by Alison McDowell on March 25th

Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education March 25th, from 10:30 AM-Noon Lake City Branch of the Seattle Public Library 12501 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98125 This talk is free and … Continue reading Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education: A Talk by Alison McDowell on March 25th

The Ballad of Joseph Olchefske: Middle College, Ed-Reform Market Failure, and the March of Online Learning

What do you think should happen in this scenario? The superintendent of the largest school district in the state, through mismanagement and carelessness, runs up a crippling 35 million dollar deficit? If you believe in the efficiency of the market, … Continue reading The Ballad of Joseph Olchefske: Middle College, Ed-Reform Market Failure, and the March of Online Learning

Questions We Should Be Asking About “Future Ready” Schools

  How far are we from the day we’ll be forced to rely on online education modules to inspire and excite the minds of young people; where badge collections replace diplomas; and virtual reality games substitute for Friday night dances, … Continue reading Questions We Should Be Asking About “Future Ready” Schools

This Goes Under “Cashing In On Ed Reform”: Online charter school K12 Inc.

K12 Online Learning is in Washington State  using tax dollars to cash in on the online charter school industry. This was first published on the Seattle Education blog in 2012 and originally posted at Ed Week the same year but I think it’s time … Continue reading This Goes Under “Cashing In On Ed Reform”: Online charter school K12 Inc.

House Representative Santos and “Personal Finance”: House Bill 1121

  Washington State Representative Santos was a primary sponsor for yet another nonsensical bill, House Bill 1121.  From the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) Watch List,  is the following description of the bill: Directs  the partnership to work with … Continue reading House Representative Santos and “Personal Finance”: House Bill 1121