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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 12, 2014

Paul Horton: Charter School Design: The New Streamlining

In the new age of the neo-liberal "futurama," charters schools are designed like "rocketships." Those who want to be saved in a society that combines multicultural meritocracy with social Darwinism and assimilated upper class aspirational hygiene will jump on board and learn the culture of data-driven success.

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 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.

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 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.

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