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July 29, 2014

Trouble in Common Core City: Too Many Music Men, Not Enough Librarians

Therefore, the Common Core project itself is also an exercise in fear-mongering about the future of our children, and has its own version of Professor Hill in its chief promoter, Bill Gates.

July 22, 2014

John Thompson: Oklahoma's Chief for Change Barresi in Trouble With Voters

My experience this week helps explain why I believe we must take more time to celebrate our victories. If we can win in Oklahoma, victory is achievable anywhere and everywhere.

July 18, 2014

Paul Horton: Will the Market Destroy Public Education?

Public schools and public teachers have been subjected to a relentless barrage of negative propaganda for almost thirty years. Many corporations want to force open education markets, Microsoft and Pearson Education to name two of the largest, demand "free markets," "choice," and "free enterprise."

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.

July 10, 2014

Paul Horton: The Technocrat's Revolution: Progressivism's Dark Side

Teachers need to wake up and understand that the country's biggest corporations are coming after their jobs. They have little respect for teachers because they want to market products that they think will do a better job than teachers.

July 03, 2014

A Question for Bill Gates: How Can We Motivate Students When Their Futures Are Bleak?

I am trying to make sense of the education reform project, which seems a mass of contradictions. On the one hand, we have a seemingly utopian project with bold pronouncements about the boundless capacity of all students

July 02, 2014

Gates' Excuse for Poor Results of Educational Technology: "Unmotivated Students"

If there is one thing Bill Gates has been a fan of, it is the role of technology in improving education. But recent comments show he may be starting to see that even technology may not be all powerful. And this leads to some deeper questions about the viability of the entire education reform project.

June 21, 2014

Is a High Stakes Moratorium Worth Embracing?

As a thought experiment, what would it look like if the Gates Foundation truly was attending to the research and evidence that is showing how damaging the new Common Core tests and high stakes accountability systems are?

June 20, 2014

John Thompson: Time for a Truce in the Battle Over Education?

I believe we must fight competition-driven, test-driven reform with all our power, but we must also be willing to offer and/or accept an olive branch.

June 11, 2014

From Common Core, to Vergara, to VAM, Gates Foundation Fingerprints Everywhere

Someone in the mainstream media finally asked Bill Gates straight out what his role was regarding Common Core. What a concept!

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