Thought Dreams

I’ve nearly completely extricated myself from my daily reading and commenting on Facebook and Twitter. I’m a retired public school teacher. I’ve virtually stopped writing about education and the continuing destruction of our public schools. I live it everyday now as a consultant in the classrooms.   I’ve been traveling a lot over the last few […]

Eradicating Not Expanding Bad Ed. Policy

” For those who support high-stakes testing and the Common Core, how about we mandate that ALL schools, public, private, or charter use these policies?” (Chris Cerrone)  First, why would we want to mandate such garbage for all schools?  We must preserve those places which are not a part of the corporatization of schools.  Public […]

In Moving Beyond Repartee

A comment made to the blog, Cloaking Inequality: We need to move the conversation forward. There is nothing new in all the words I have read so far in the blog article nor the response / comment Dr. Thornburg put out there. The focus of an activist movement to maintain public education in America must […]

Addendum to Schools Abducted: Despoliation of Community

I wrote the above article while navigating a vessel in a heavy wind. I made an egregious error. I AM not for the closing of public schools, especially those in large, urban areas. NOR would I encourage “urban blight.” What I intended to say was: If it comes to this, then let them take out […]

Schools Abducted: Despoliation of Community

Clearly, there are more and more parents educating themselves regarding testing in schools and how they can pull their kids out of testing.  Not all parents can put their children under a homeschooling overseen by credentialed personnel.  While we strive to keep our public schools public and free of the new reform movement that brings […]

It keeps going around and around

So, the accountability is that teachers use it all as they are told to? So, a new, better package comes the next year if the numbers are not right? Kris, this is a clear article. You are always informative. I respect your knowledge of how all this chicanery works. However, I grow increasingly narcoleptic hearing […]

Education in America: right or privilege?

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Living in Numbers and Inequities

[Prompted by a blog comment from a parent regarding his children’s privacy and the law (See: and while heading into the city to join other educators, parents, students, people, assembling to give greater voice to the conditions of public education.]  The takeover of public education is a picture of a contrived perfect storm.  Starving […]

So, is Direct and Purposeful Teaching Anti-Constructivist?

“When it is agreed that all students must know the same things at the same times in order to move on to the next thing that all students must know at the same time, you have killed constructivism.  And, as Sir Ken Robinson has virally said, you’ve also killed creativity.” (Quote from Sir Ken Robinson […]

Response to Brian White

Mr. White, During my last two years as a teacher, I had a similar experience.  It wasn’t bullying or an anonymous call, but it was heavy handedness by the divisional head of our ten campus system of schools that gave orders to my site’s principal to make things bad for me, enough so that I […]

Sac Schools Get Sacked

Ok.  When Diane Ravitch speaks, I’m sure it’s a shot heard round the world.  But, I’m saddened and livid at the news I found in one of her blogs today.  I spent a most of my life teaching in California schools.  I know Sacramento. A lot of us from three hundred miles south would travel […]

There’s Trouble Coming to Paradise

Way down here in Hawai’i a lot doesn’t happen.  The firestorm of resistance to the federal and private subsidizing of the ongoing extraction of more wealth from anyone outside the ruling uberclass in America is virtually non-existent.  A couple of days ago, as I entered a nearby middle school office, I witnessed two teachers wearing […]

Power Comes From Everywhere: Hearing the Sound of Resolute

Keith and Cenk left MSNBC. They uncovered the stories beyond the allowable corporate dictum. And these two became marginalized from cable television and a larger viewership. I was up on a friend’s farm in Squamish, B.C., Canada a long time ago while I was living in the area doing organ transplants down in a lab […]

Of course RTTT is extortion.  Of course no one is talking much about it beyond some of us in the choir.  Fear and intimidation.  The rentier class, the big moneyed elite are controlling the message.  Witness: Wikileaks, Schwartz, etc.  Most conclude NCLB was the scaffolding for RTTT.  In fact, the beginning of educational tyranny began […]

Public Good and the Will of the Ownership Class

Our economy, that is, the economy owned by the one percent, is no longer centered on production and consumer purchases.  It is no longer a part of employment.  It is increasingly centered, controlled by credit creation which, in turn, is used to create profits and income in the form of interest payments until any economic […]


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