Category Archives: Reform

How the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wages war on public schools

Posed June 14  – Scott McCloud Want to know how to wage war against public schools? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s ongoing campaign provides us some pointers… REBLOGGED FROM:

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The Bad Business of Education Reform

Posted on June 11, 2013 An MBA student says that the business-based ideas creeping into education are  as outdated as the Model T. By Susan Altman, Oxford University As someone with an understanding of what current companies consider “good” business … Continue reading

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The Taylorist Classroom?

Posted by Ben Reynolds   May 8, 2013 In the latest issue of Jacobin, Shawn Gude argues that the neoliberal education reform movement, in pushing for standardized testing, privatizations, and union breaking, represents a top-down attempt to implement the industrial techniques … Continue reading

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Trust vs Risk

This summer, Nik Wallenda walked across Niagara Falls on a cable. Exactly why he did that is lost on me, but that doesn’t matter. He seems to have a pretty high tolerance for risk. For each of us, it is…

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Is Jeff Bliss a Rotten Apple or a Gold Star?

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On Monday, an incident occurred between a student and teacher in a social studies class at Duncanville High School in Dallas, Texas.  The incident was caught on video, posted on YouTube, and quickly went viral…

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What we can learn from the rise and fall of Michelle Rhee

by Jason Stanford on April 17,2013 At some point, we need to stop believing in miracles, at least in education. While we’re still getting over the RICO indictments handed down in the Atlanta cheating scandal comes the revelation that the … Continue reading

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Michelle Rhee: Wrong again

Her education “reform” movement sends the lovely message that communities should stay out of their schools By David Sirota Former DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee Most who are reading these words will probably agree that our country is facing a … Continue reading

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Using Metrics

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Connected Learning: Reimagining The Experience Of Education In The Information Age

There is wide agreement that we need new models of education, and not simply new models of schooling, but entirely new visions of learning better suited to the increasing complexity, connectivity, and velocity of our new knowledge society. We now … Continue reading

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Teach students higher order or critical thinking skills? Not if the Texas Republicans have their way.

June 27, 2012 The Republican Party of Texas states in its official 2012 political platform: We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based  Education … Continue reading

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