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July 13, 2014

Questioning Education Reformers' Motives: The Big Taboo

When Lyndsey Layton interviewed Bill Gates a few months ago, she violated one of the major taboos of the education reform discourse.

June 02, 2014

Book Review: Mercedes Schneider's "A Chronicle of Echoes" Offers Tools for Defense Against Corporate Reform

Fans of Harry Potter will recall the most valuable class at Hogwarts: "Defense Against the Dark Arts." With her new book, "A Chronicle of Echoes," Mercedes Schneider has provided those of us working to defend public education with a work that could be called "Defense Against Corporate Reform."

March 17, 2014

Paul Horton: Free Market Education Reform -- Evidence vs. Ideology

They conclude that empirical evidence does not support the marketist legitimation of privatization. The public sector has not failed, they contend, it has thrived and deserves much more support;

December 03, 2013

John Thompson: Time to Fact-Check the Reformers

What if school reformers were open about their errors in fact and their misleading use of language? How would reformers fare if their facts were truly held up to scrutiny?

November 03, 2013

In Vermont, a Brave Call for Public Education

Government is supposed to be a force against corruption and control by private interests. It is a mark of how far we have come that only in Vermont does one see such a viewpoint expressed on a newspaper's editorial page.

October 28, 2013

Paul Horton: Pseudo Democracy: Duncan Double Dribbles in Chicago

I managed to calm down only when I began to recall that virtually none of what he said was true: graduation rates are at an all time high,

September 26, 2013

Marginalizing the Teaching Profession: Merrow, Ravitch, and Education Nation

the funders of corporate reform are making a great effort to pretend that those of us who profoundly disagree with their approach are some kind of fringe element

September 25, 2013

Yes, Diane Ravitch is Among My Heroes

John Merrow has written a blog post that attempts to marginalize one of the central figures of our national discourse on education.

September 22, 2013

An Indiana Parent Writes to NBC's Education Nation: Why Only Present One Side of a Public Debate?

I would like to know how you went about selecting these particular guests. I notice that almost all of the people are those who agree about corporate "reform" of public schools.

September 21, 2013

Paul Horton: The Chicago Tribune's School Voucher Campaign: The Road to Gatopia III"

In the last week, the Tribune has rolled out three pieces on its editorial pages in support of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and vouchers.

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