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March 16, 2014

Gates and Duncan Seek to Use Trust in Teachers to Promote Common Core

If leadership is appointed and anointed by those in power, than it can be revoked by those in power. So if we want to be leaders, we are better off developing that status in a way that does not rely on such official designations.

February 25, 2014

Paul Horton: Why the Common Core Is Unlike Standards of the Past

Understanding Common Core is about seeing a much larger picture. That picture is a collage of the strategic plans of most multinational corporations that are increasingly managed or heavily influenced by the CBS approach to business and labor relations.

February 19, 2014

Paul Horton: Will Liberal Arts be Saved by the Common Core?

Not much here for those who are seeing their courses and jobs cut. There seems to be a central message here: follow the Common Core like the yellow-brick road or there might not be any funding for the humanities.

February 18, 2014

Bill Gates, On the Record

I am less interested in the praise that he will heap on the accomplished educators in the room than in what he has said and done in the past, when speaking to altogether different audiences. So like Marley's ghost on Christmas eve, I want to take us on a bit of a tour of the echoes of Gates' past

February 16, 2014

Is Gates Money Going to Influence the National Board?

The Gates agenda is clear, so if you are looking to fund a non-profit or "research" organization, you know what you need to say and do in order to qualify for funding.

February 13, 2014

John Thompson: Vergara Show Trial Highlights Gates Foundation Snake Oil

Vergara is a tragic distraction from the real problems facing our high-challenge schools, as well as the real reasons why it is difficult to staff high-poverty schools.

February 09, 2014

Are Corporate Education Reformers Like Young Earth Creationists?

In the spirit of the recent debate between science educator Bill Nye and creationist Ken Ham, let's take a look at the central points of belief for corporate education reform, and see if there is evidence.

February 05, 2014

The Gates Foundation's Imaginary World of School Reform Collides with Reality

Such a distinction between idealized implementation and reality would seem to be progress. Just when it seemed like the Gates Foundation was conceding that it is important to acknowledge the facts about their theories, however, Phillips showed she was just spouting rhetoric.

February 04, 2014

Paul Horton: Why Obama's Education Policies Will Not Change and Why "Change is Hard"

What the President did not tell the AFT crowd in 2008 was that the school that he was describing was a charter school that had closed its doors to a large percentage of students who started with the class

February 03, 2014

New Mexico Law Would Halt Common Core, Require Public Hearings and Investigation into Costs

add New Mexico to her list of 22 where there is unrest regarding Common Core standards. And this time, the source is not from any conservative wing of the Republican party; it is a Democratic legislator, State Senator Linda Lopez, who is leading the charge.

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