Common Core = “College Ready” ?

From New York parent Loy Gross: Why do we need Common Core? Experts tell us it will make kids “college and career ready.” And let me add, potatoes don’t have wings because my bicycle is a 10-speed. Out of those two statements, only one has a measure of truth. Potatoes don’t have wings. And my […]

An Opt Out must read.

I have been involved in the Opt Out movement for two years and have read many articles and opinion pieces about boycotting high-stakes standardized testing.  This essay from the The New Yorker hits home on many levels, including the history of testing, is the best piece I have read to date. A must read: […]

A story of revolution….


The King and his policymakers gather in a large building making laws for the people in lands far from the towers of the capital.  The leaders imposed a biased system of judgement that took away the opportunities for localities to make their own decisions. People proclaimed that citizens should be judged by their “peers” instead […]

An investigative documentary into the Common Core State Standards Initiative

BUILDING THE MACHINE (2014) – Official Trailer [HQ] I want to use the same disclaimer here that I did the last time I posted Common Core State Standards (CSSS) related materials from sources that I disavow any connection with. The video is produced by, and also features, individuals that are from fringe-right-wing groups. The last […]

Of Babies and Bathwater: Can We Separate the Common Core, Various Materials, and Assessments?

Back in the ’90s, when the Math Wars raged (and they still do), I thought that if only the US Dept. of Ed was like the Ministry of Education in Japan, and could impose a national curriculum in mathematics, with a well-organized method of getting feedback on a lesson-by-lesson basis, fed through carefully-constructed local, state, […]

The Broad Foundation and Broadies: Kings of “Distruptive” and “Unreasonable” Trickle-Down Reform

A study in evil from Julian Vasquez Heilig   The Broad Foundation and Broadies: Kings of “Distruptive” and “Unreasonable” Trickle-Down Reform.    

EPSLP: College Ready? Alliance Charter Corporation’s big scam

School Privatization and Neoliberalism are Big Business

First published on Echo Park Patch on September 20, 2013 “If the American public understood that reformers want to privatize their public schools and divert their taxes to pay profits to investors, it would be hard to sell the corporate idea of reform.” — Professor Diane Ravitch “However, within this market, competition exists in several […]

Dana Woldow: Denying Children Food is Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

Dana Woldow: Denying Children Food is Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

Los Angeles parent-activist sounds off on CCSS

Common Core State Standards CCSS represent the corporate sector's latest attempts to privatize education and cash in on harmful standardized testing

“We had 23 different language groups at my son’s school. How can one common core be relevant to all of these very different people?” — Teresa Sitz, LAUSD Parent-Activist I founded Communities & Families Resisting Proposition 39 Charter Colocations along with several families fighting against the privatization project’s latest ploy, the colocation. While the group was pretty 90026 specific (we have two […]

As a UCLA student and SUPE member, I endorse this campaign to halt TFA

Students Resisting TFA Campaign

As a @UCLA student & @supenational ally, I endorse this campaign to halt @TeachForAmerica #TFA — Robert D. Skeels (@rdsathene) September 15, 2013 As a UCLA student and a Students United for Public Education (SUPE) member, I endorse this campaign to halt Teach For America’s colonialism and participation in the neoliberal school privatization […]

Trinational Coalition’s statement of support for teachers in Mexico

Trinational Coalition for the Defense of Public Education

LETTERS TO THE GOVERNMENT CAN BE SENT TO: LIC. ENRIQUE PEÑA NIETO Presidente Constitucional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos LIC. OSORIO CHONG MIGUEL ANGEL Secretario de Estado LIC. CHUAYFFET CHEMOR EMILIO Secretaria de Educación Pública SEND COPIES TO: Maestra Graciela Rangel de Michoacán sección XVIII: Prof. Eligio Hernández de Oaxaca […]

From Chris Lubienski: Do Charter Schools Promote Social Justice, Privatize Public Education (or both)?

Some liberals are quite enthralled with the social justice possibilities of school choice.  While district and enrollment boundaries reflect segregated residential patterns in the US, in theory, choice allows families to select schools across these artificial barriers, eradicating an important institutional impediment to equity.  Moreover, schools then must compete to attract students, just like businesses […]

The sky is falling & so are the Common Core test scores.


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 […]

Response to Joe Nathan’s hawking for tech industry profits

School Privatization and Neoliberalism are Big Business

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 […]

Brian Jones interviewed by Reclaiming the Conversation on Education

“The students, the learners themselves have to have power.” Brian P. Jones Saw this on Tumblr this morning and wanted to disseminate it. Last spring I participated in a conference at Barnard College called Reclaiming the Conversation on Education. At one point, someone pulled me into a classroom to do an interview about the landscape […]


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