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February 20, 2014

Coalition Launches Testing Resistance & Reform Spring

Yesterday, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich posted this message on his Facebook page: We're turning our schools into test-taking factories. We're teaching children how to take standardized tests rather than how to think.

February 19, 2014

Student Body President in Exile Continues to Request Her Return

Maia Wu, the Southern California middle school student and 8th grade class president given the boot by her school district for her outspokenness, continues to press for her reinstatement.

February 06, 2014

Civil Rights Hero James Meredith Issues the American Child's Education Bill of Rights

This year, Meredith has offered a fresh call to conscience, through his Educational Bill of Rights for America's Children. But this icon of the civil rights movement is charting a very different path from that of the corporate-led "education reform."

January 23, 2014

Colorado Moms Push Bill to Delay Common Core

We are moms, from all across Colorado, with different backgrounds and political beliefs, coming together, in most cases, as strangers, because we oppose Common Core.

January 18, 2014

Newark Principals Speak Out, Get Suspended by Christie's Superintendent

Now Newark, New Jersey, is exploding, thanks to the attempts at intimidation by Governor Christie's hand-picked superintendent of schools, Cami Anderson.

January 13, 2014

Tennessee Student Ethan Young: "We Need Change, But Not Common Core"

High-stakes tests complement standards-based education. As our state has implemented testable objectives in virtually every subject area, it has intentionally shifted the instructional style of teachers to one that is always measurable.

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 22, 2013

Tennessee Student: Is Standardization Making Us Conform to an Ill Formed Bureaucracy?

As our schools take another step to becoming the next big bureaucracy in America, I would like to call for a conference of concern. With the new Common Core system, I see us shifting even further into a "one size fits all" factory of education,

December 15, 2013

Student Prepares for Hunger Strike for Democracy in Education

I wish there was another, less drastic measure than a hunger strike to realize my goals. But unfortunately, the system is so entrenched and resistant to change that there is no other way.

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?

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