If there is some urgency in the message, it is due to the current reform efforts that are based on a radical re-invention of education, now spearheaded by a psychometric blitzkrieg of “metastasizing testing” aimed at dismantling a public education system that took almost 200 years to build.
Inspired by the work of David Berliner, Susan Ohanian, and Gerald Bracey, Schools Matter began in August 2005 during the darkest days of Bush II’s No Child Left Behind. Having written for an academic audience for some years, I was intent upon exposing the political ideologies and corporate corruption that underpinned another generation of what the media termed “education reform.”
There was and remains an urgency to the message, which is necessary to help counter the blitzkrieg of “metastasizing testing” that is aimed at dismantling public education in favor of corporate-run schools.
As Schools Matter begins a new chapter with @thechalkface, we all know that the corporate opposition has the financial backing that public school advocates will never have. But we have more powerful counterweights comprised of millions of parents. students, educators, and grandparents who still believe in public education and who want high quality, diverse schools for all children without high stakes testing and corporate control.