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January 25, 2014

For Arne Duncan, the Buck Stops Over There

Our current US secretary of education, sadly, has shown little capacity to accept blame or take criticism for much of anything, but is a master of deflection. With Arne Duncan, time and again, the buck stops not here, but over there.

January 24, 2014

Duncan: Bill Gates Has No Seat at the Education Policy Table

Let's take the Common Core, one of the projects that the Department of Education has been actively promoting for the past four years. How have philanthropists like Bill Gates influenced the creation and advance of this project

January 16, 2014

Paul Horton: History Matters: The C3 Social Studies Standards are Fool's Gold

When I saw that the AHA and the NCHE endorsed the new standards on the inside cover, I saw red. This can't be, I told myself, are these two proud organizations selling out?

January 07, 2014

Are Progressive Critics of Common Core "Getting Played" By Enemies of Public Education?

Today, Politico offers an analysis of conservative's organized opposition to the Common Core which points out that the end game for many of these Koch-funded groups is total annihilation of public education

December 30, 2013

Common Core, China, and the Myth of Meritocracy

I think there could be a hidden, perhaps even subconscious agenda with the Common Core. We use the Common Core to create an artificial and arbitrary set of barriers to employment, and declare that anyone who is unable to surmount those barriers is too lazy or stupid to succeed in the modern competitive world.

December 28, 2013

2013 in Review Part 4: Teachers, Unions, and the Best Path Forward

Organizations and leaders that we count on to defend our profession, and to act on genuine expertise and reject phony reforms, repeatedly left us shaking our heads. Here are the posts where I challenged these leaders and their rationales.

December 27, 2013

2013 in Review Part 3: Gatesian Reforms Rejected

The year 2013 was one of gaining clarity about the strategies and objectives of Gatesian education reform. This clarity allows us to begin 2014 determined to move in a different direction.

December 25, 2013

2013 in Review Part Two: The Year the Common Core Began to Unravel

It was supposed to be easy. The campaign was one of shock and awe, intended to overpower and silence anyone with the nerve to criticize.

December 13, 2013

Who Decides What is Taught in Our Schools?

The fundamental question that has been presented to all of us through the Common Core process is this one: Who decides what is taught in our schools?

December 11, 2013

The Making of Common Core Creation Stories: Myth or Fact?

Origins are of great importance because they tell us so much about the soul, the essence of a project. The essence of the Common Core was developed by a handful of corporations and corporate-funded think tanks who wanted schools to meet certain benchmarks to better prepare the employees of the future.

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