I waited until December of 2013 to raise this question: Worst Education Op-Ed of 2013? So I don’t rush into this claim casually: Jonathan Chait’s Public Education’s Weird Ideological Divide is already the worst Op-Ed of 2014, and likely will not be surpassed (but may be tied often, I regret to say). Chait’s piece isn’t long (thankfully) but […]
Here is a two-sided advertisement flyer inserted into a local newspaper from a Rochester, New York private school. Do you get the feeling that more private schools will be reacting to the anti-Common Core sentiment to draw more students into their programs? Sadly I have heard many teachers and parents who love public education, but […]
About thirty years after the fabricated “the sky is falling” moment in public education—A Nation at Risk—we may be witnessing a similar dismantling of higher education in the U.S., as John Marcus overstates: On weekend mornings all this winter, anxious high school juniors and seniors will file into school cafeterias to sweat through the SAT, […]
On twitter recently I spotted a post from a Common Core supporter that implies that the new standards will solve our problems when it comes to history instruction in our schools. Here we have another CCLS advocate who ignores the reality in our schools: In this era of high-stakes testing what is tested will determine what is taught. […]
Close friends and associates know me by name, Shaun Johnson. No, I’m not the gymnast. I tried as best as I could to go by a pseudonym because, well, I caught a lot of flak from my former supervisors in higher education because of my views. That is, skeptical and largely against Common Core, critical […]
Did I experience this or was this explained to me by another? You’ll have to guess. But here it goes. Scheduled for three hours. Arrival. Breakout session one consisted of a room with tables, each with a set of math textbooks. For 30 minutes, examine the textbooks. Breakout session two consisted of a computer lab. […]
Common Core or no Common Core, standards for what children should know by a certain age (skills or content) have always been in flux and controverted. The CCSS is, I think, on an extreme part of that spectrum of flux. The consensus reality and research that more or less corroborates what, for example, a fifth […]
It’s a short read, a good one. It got me thinking. Take a community, any kind. Institute “school choice.” You have families with children, who could once bond over their children’s educations, broken apart, separated, because one family sends their kids to one school and the neighbors, to another. Maybe the kids can bond over, […]
I want you to read the following poem by Shel Silverstein, one that is the inspiration for a new “reformy” organization called Blue Engine. The little blue engine looked up at the hill. His light was weak, his whistle was shrill. He was tired and small, and the hill was tall, And his face blushed […]
This. This. This. Via Sun Times.
I don’t know why, but some things I reserve for different audiences, perhaps to speak to a different cohort of people. But for the first time in about two months, I uploaded a new post to the Huffington Post. Hopefully it makes it through. If not, then I’ll post it here. But here’s an excerpt […]
Education journalism and other works of narrative non-fiction love the pitched battle, the zero-sum game, the us versus them story, a David versus Goliath. We have once again another example from Education Week. Boring. As if this highlights some kind of anecdotal trend about the vitality of educational activism, we have this little slice: As a […]
There I said it. School closure policies are racist. Not necessarily bigoted, but indeed racist. Look up the difference.
Over the last few days, perhaps longer, I have been engaged in a comprehensive media onslaught of emails and tweets to members of the national media, both in front of and behind the camera. I have sent them this press release for the rather unique UOO Occupy 2.0 event next week and, over time, links […]