Higher Education Leaders who know nothing.

OK.  Today might just be the day that I quit. If the leaders of our academic institutions have really decided to sign onto to something that has no empirical support specifically (that common core standards and high stakes tests better prepare students for college) and at the same time totally disregard tons of empirical support […]

My response to @NCTQ’s attempt to legitimize bullsh!t—#optout!

It’s official.  Anthony Cody just posted on the Education Bloggers Network that NCTQ will host a “media conference call” to release its 2014 Teacher Prep Review. Please understand that I am not in any way upset with Anthony.  He simply shared a press release from the propaganda machine that calls itself the National Council for Teacher […]

Arts Teachers of the World Unite and Take Over!

The latest news in education that isn’t news came out of Philadelphia last week. According to Darlene Superville from the Associated Press and posted here: Delivering a forceful argument on the role of the arts in education, Michelle Obama said Tuesday that it isn’t something to be introduced after student test scores go up but […]

“It’s poverty stupid!”

What follows below is nothing original.  It’s simply another reminder. I know this is an unpopular thing to say in certain education circles but someone has to say it: Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessments will do little to nothing to help eliminate the achievement gap! Why? Because the achievement gap is really […]

@DCSDFagen pushing propaganda: “No Shelter” for Professional teachers.

In this video Liz Fagen (Douglas County Schools Superintendent in Colorado) attempts to spew mythology concerning market place tactics for employing and keeping teachers (pay for performance). First let it be known that since 1710, market principles such as merit pay have been tried to motivate and keep teachers. The result was a narrowed curriculum which […]

@NPR @WHYY does #optout story. Cuts United Opt Out’s voice of truth, ME!

On Monday morning when I got to my desk I noticed that the voice mail light was blinking on my phone.  I picked up the receiver and went through the steps to retrieve my messages.  There was only one and it was a producer from NPR the WHYY affiliate (Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware) inquiring about my […]

Teachers. Remember #optout is for you.

Now that the opt out season is in full swing and the Testing Resistance has spread across the country, we should take a minute to reflect and remember the purpose of opt out. Despite what the “chancellor” Rhee has to say, opt out is the only movement that can save the idea of public education […]

#optout contemplation 2011: This is how it happened.

For as long as I can remember I have had serious issues with high stakes standardized tests. However, it wasn’t until after NCLB was in full swing and my son started to dread going to school that I actually contemplated doing something about it. I know that sounds kind of funny coming from me—a full […]

#commoncore standards or @slekar standards?

Fact! The common core standards were written to be tested. Fact! The tests will provide invalid data about students, teachers and schools. Fact! INVALID data will drive decisions to purchase curricular and instructional snake oil. Fact! Taxpayers will cover the costs. Fact! After spending billions of tax dollars we will learn AGAIN that America has an achievement […]

Wisconsin #commoncore Senate Bill 619: A conundrum?

Here it is as plain and simple as I can make it. Wisconsin Republicans in the state Senate drafted a bill that essentially turns over the writing of education standards to politicians and kills the common core. Someone has to say it: “Any bill that would allow politicians the ability to directly and/or indirectly write learning […]

#edreform and #commoncore: All aboard Wisconsin’s Crazy Train

What a week and it’s only Wednesday morning.  On Monday morning I went to a press conference held by Wisconsin Democrats from the state assembly to announce that they are introducing “accountability” legislation to counter Republican “accountability” legislation.  At the conclusion of the press conference I simply pointed out that “accountability” is actually the problem […]

@slekar supports this #commoncore close reading lesson: @sharemylesson

Over the past four years I have met some great people involved in fighting education reform.  It’s always awesome to get a surprise email from one of these activists that typically starts off with “I hope you remember me, we met….” Well I got one of those the other day from a brilliant teacher I […]

Why do we #optout?: Just fighting the good fight.

It is definitely getting close to testing season.  My email and voice mail are flooded.  Parents and concerned community members have questions about the opt out process.  Opt out Facebook pages are buzzing with questions and of course continued stories of bullying from education professionals engaged in deception by telling interested opt outers that there […]

Wisconsin education legislation: Faith-based ideology trumps evidence

The headline yesterday in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinal; Bill would close failing Wisconsin public schools, cut voucher payments Take a look and what you find is the same old “accountability mythology” being proposed.  How does the Wisconsin legistalure plan to hold schools accountable?  By assigning A-F letter grades to public schools.  How do schools […]

Battling Education Reform: In the End it must be a “calling.”

I am the “new” Dean of a School of Education at a Catholic College in the Midwest.  One of the major reasons I was attracted to this position was the prominence of the college’s Dominican values (Truth, Justice, Compassion, Partnership, and Community). Think about it.  If a college was committed to these values what would […]

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