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June 05, 2012

The Pearsonizing of the American Mind

Of course, Pearson is not just a publisher of standardized tests. It is a mega-corporation. It is a behemoth of for-profit goods and services to the education marketplace.

May 31, 2012

The People Shall ... Reinventing Schools as the Commons

I remember, Diane, in 1967 telling kindergarteners in Harlem about the struggle for integration in southern schools. I stopped and looked at the faces of my 5-year-olds. Every single one was black. What did they make of what I was saying? What do they think today?

May 22, 2012

Wall Street's Investment in School Reform

Wall Street understands success and failure. When companies fail, investors bail out. As studies continue to show that charters on average don't get better test scores than public schools, will Wall Street continue to be bullish about charters? Will they support only the ones that skim and exclude? When will they cut their losses?

May 15, 2012

Privatizing Public Education in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia has had state control of its public schools for a full decade. Now the leaders of the city think that public education is the problem.

May 08, 2012

So This Is Reform?

Is there any evidence that any of these changes will improve education? No, none whatsoever. Does the Jindal law follow the lead of any of the high-performing nations? No.

May 03, 2012

How To Counter the Counter-Revolution?

You and I should be devoting more energy to considering what our "utopian" solutions might be, as well as the next steps for getting there. What's the direction, the criteria, the underlying precepts that should drive our vision of the future of schooling for educating the next generation?

May 01, 2012

What You Need To Know About ALEC

Dear Deborah, Since the 2010 elections, when Republicans took control of many states, there has been an explosion of legislation advancing privatization of public schools and stripping teachers of job protections and collective bargaining rights. Even some Democratic governors, seeing the strong ri...

April 19, 2012

Sending Out an SOS

Can we build a response that doesn't rest on fear, but rather on hope?

April 17, 2012

I Don't Understand Michelle Rhee

Does she really think that students will learn more if their teachers live in fear? How can she feel good about leading a campaign to turn public education into a for-profit enterprise and reduce teaching to a job, not a profession.

March 27, 2012

The Pattern on the Rug

See the pattern on the rug? It grows clearer every day. It is not about improving education. It is not about helping our society become more literate and better educated. Follow the money. We are indeed a nation at risk.

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