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May 25, 2012

Payola Policy: NCTQ Prepares its Hit on Schools of Education

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Our political system has deteriorated to such a degree that policymaking in the education arena has come to resemble the selection of "hits" chosen for airplay by 1950s DJs. Back in the day, the main mode of advertising to promote the sale of records was to have...

May 24, 2012

Educating to Compete in the "Global Economy": Creating Idiot Savantism

Guest post by Gerald Coles. The U.S. needs an educational system that will "ensure our kids are ready to compete and ready to win" in the global economy, said Delaware governor Jack Markell when the National Governors Association and State Education Chiefs formally launched the Common Core State S...

May 23, 2012

Why Are Reformers So Insensitive?

Guest post by John Thompson. Diane Ravitch was recently informed of the contents of the New York City Department of Education e-mails that the United Federation of Teachers gained information through a Freedom of Information request. The first thing that Ravitch recognized in the communications was...

May 18, 2012

Critical Questions about the Common Core

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Educators in the United States are once again headed for a very big trap. We are being seduced by the idea that a common set of standards and assessments to match will deliver equitable outcomes from our schools. This is the siren call that draws us into endless...

May 16, 2012

John Thompson: Would a Reformers' Code of Ethics Help End Our Educational Civil War?

Guest post by John Thompson. Early in my career, I floated a naive idea with my union business representative. What if education embraced a school reform code of ethics? The attacks on teachers by "reformers" who had declared war on the educational "status quo," were ramping up their attacks on te...

May 15, 2012

David Musselwhite: Values of the Common Core: Equity, Competition, and Collaboration

A week ago I featured a guest post by Jack Hassard, Common Core Values: Do they include Authoritarianism? Today, in the spirit of promoting dialogue, I am sharing a response from a different point of view. Guest post by David Musselwhite. The Common Core State Standards and the values they espous...

May 13, 2012

Tim Slekar: Pennsylvania Schools get the Shock Treatment

Guest post by Tim Slekar. About a year ago I published a blog that detailed how Pennsylvania governor, Tom Corbett, was using the shock doctrine to dupe the citizens of Pennsylvania into believing that a $1 Billion dollar cut to public education was necessary to help with the state's budget deficit...

May 10, 2012

Yong Zhao in Conversation: Education Should Liberate, Not Indoctrinate

Last week I shared this interview with Yong Zhao focused on the Common Core standards. Today I am sharing a conversation between Dr. Zhao and Yvonne Siu-Runyan. Contributed by Yvonne Siu-Runyan. I am honored to have the opportunity to interview Dr. Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean...

May 08, 2012

Common Core Values: Do they Include Authoritarianism?

This week there has been an upsurge of debate over the Common Core (national) Standards. I hope we can tolerate and appreciate different points of view as we work to understand more deeply what these standards are all about, and the ways they may shift teaching, learning and testing in the USA. G...

May 07, 2012

Common Core Challenges our Unity

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody In recent weeks controversy over the Common Core standards has heated up. As we get closer to the decision point at the state level across the country, it has become clearer what a massive overhaul the Common Core represents. New curriculum, new professional dev...

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