It never fails. No matter what the discussion was originally intended to be, it almost always seems to devolve (or sometimes even evolve) into a very passionate and sometimes nasty debate about parental choice in education. Every time I read through one of these often entertaining threads on a discussion board or Facebook, I always […]
‘Tis the season choosy with your students. I am told by reliable sources that many charter schools in our nation’s capital, Washington DC, enjoy very much acquiring valuable per pupil dollars at the start of the school year. Then, after those funds are locked in, PURGE their respective schools of unruly students. Traditional public schools […]
… notice the list of priorities here. Is this in any particular order? Ramona Edelin, executive director of the D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools, said the payment, totaling $101 million, is supposed to go toward preparation for SAT and other entrance tests as well as food services and teacher pay. “Some schools have something […]
Reblogged from Moi Naturale: In the fall of 2008, I decided I wanted to transition from journalism to education. While I was in a master’s program studying broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California, I started volunteering at a local community center called the Jackie Robinson Community Center. Through this experience, I realized I […]
The protests that this situation has aroused is a good thing, but a much better thing would be for parents to get just as upset about the anticultural curriculum and chain gang behavior control as they now are about racist rules regarding hair styles.
William McCallum is, by his own description, a man who was “born in Australia and came to the United States to pursue a Ph. D. in mathematics at Harvard University, a professor at the University of Arizona, working in number theory and mathematics education.” He is also the chair of the Common Core mathematics standards […]
In New York State the new Common Core aligned state assessment results for third through eighth grade will be released on Wednesday. State education officials are warning schools to expect “lower student proficiency levels“. Diane Ravitch reported today that an administrator from a “high-achieving school” found a significant drop in their student scores on the […]
Charter charlatan Joe Nathan has made a decent living pushing privatization and pimping poverty. A regular participant in the active comment section on the Professor Diane Ravitch’s blog, Nathan can always be counted on for advocating neoliberal education reform and corporate profits. Today was no different, with Nathan effectively defending the demise of school libraries […]
This. This. This. Via Sun Times.
A few days ago, President Obama gave an emotional speech to calm the outrage over the decision in the Trayvon Martin case. President Obama expressed his own personal insights into the realities of racism on everyday life for black men in the United States and acknowledged the problems we still face when it comes to […]
Farewell to Mayor Villaraigosa: Pragmatist or Lacky of the Rich? via Diane Ravitch’s blog. As Antonio Villaraigosa exits the mayoralty of Los Angeles, there will be both tributes and brickbats. Among other things, he will be remembered for his failed attempt to take control of the public schools and for his hostility to teachers, to their […]
“The alliance, formed between the mayor, the school board, and Los Angeles’ corporate elite to design the idea of ‘public school choice,’ is another example of how neoliberal economic policies have influenced educational policies.” — Professor Theresa Montaño Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaking at a school privatization event. Photo by Robert D. Skeels I finally finished […]