The Human Costs of School “Reform”

A study by Elaine Weiss and Don Long of the Bolder Broader Approach shows that the corporate school “reform” experiment has claimed to have raised student achievement but that those gains evaporate upon close examination. A previous post, “The Benefits (and Costs) of ‘Reform’ in Three Cities,” discussed their “Market-Oriented Education Reforms’ Rhetoric Trumps Reality,” […]

Robert D. Skeels: a community candidate for LAUSD School Board

“Alongside this began a sharp rise in the costs of elections, which drove the political parties even deeper into the pockets of the corporate sector.” — Professor Noam Chomsky Readers have probably already seen the news of how the morning after I trounced the incumbent at a local candidate forum, that NYC Mayor Bloomberg increased […]

Even #progressive media can’t report #education in helpful ways, @maddow

I listened to this segment on satellite radio the other night. Rachel Maddow was talking the President’s pre-K plan. Here’s more about it from the Maddow Blog. At this point, I can’t even discern who the guest was on the show, some dude. He was clearly an economist. He did some study on the benefits of […]

Applying skill biased technical change to the #teaching profession (I think)

I’m trying to finagle a new idea in education based on a short article I read in the most recent NYT Mag about “skill-biased technological change” (SBCT). I’m definitely NOT an economist, but from what I gather, it seems to fit.  So, in my terms, the concerns regarding SBCT are that changes in technology are […]

Last week was a busy week for the Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD School Board campaign

Monday saw Robert D. Skeels at the Northeast Democratic Club (NEDC) where he and three other candidates, including the incumbent, were asked a series of questions in addition to making an opening statement. The questions were challenging and policy oriented, allowing each candidate’s fundamental principles to show. The incumbent, who easily thought she’d win the […]

Quick graphic on #obama economic policy, what do you think?

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I can’t remember where or when I heard him say this. I have satellite radio in my car, one of the news channels is on for commuter noise. But Obama discussed a new way of looking at economic growth, rather than a top-down, consider a middle-out strategy. Well, the graphic here, in the crudest way […]

Elmo isn’t Gramsci for kids and the mythical soft bigotry of low expectations

We address the soft bigotry of low expectations so that we may ignore the hard racism of inequity. — John Kuhn What do Ben Shapiro, Whitney Tilson, The Heartland Institute, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, The Hoover Institution, Wendy Kopp, The Manhattan Institute, and Democrats for Education Reform all have in common? They all shamelessly use the […]

The #plutocrats’ affront to #IHE

IHE, as in Institutions of Higher Education. Well-heeled Koch folks now own an academic department. This is certainly very clever, have to hand it to them. They can control the hiring and firing of faculty members who will no doubt espouse certain values and ideologies. I’ll spare the reader with inside details on what this means […]

It should have been #Darling-Hammond

Here’s a rather poignant and sincere article from Linda Darling-Hammond. Oh, to be her one day. In any case, we have here a case of priorities. Nations who value education do well and those who do not, relative to other priorities, not so much. Ever since reading a text I’ve often referred to, Motherteacher, the […]

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