Georgia professors blast teacher evaluation system

Valerie Strauss, reporter for the Washington Post wrote:   “First it happened in New York, then Illinois and now Georgia. Professors from colleges and universities in Georgia have written an open letter to the governor, Nathan Deal, and other officials involved with education policy to express opposition to a new teacher evaluation system that depends […]

Abdicating reasoning: Surrendering the debate over teaching, testing and assessment to the constables of obedience training

In 2010 I wrote what follows below.  Since then, if you go to Truthout (GOP Declares no more critical thinking in schools, (http://truth-out.org/news/item/10144-texas-gop-declares-no-more-teaching-of-critical-thinking-skills-in-texas-public-schools) one can clearly begin to see just how damaging the forces of ideological control are and how irrationalism and unreason litter America’s cultural landscape. Reactionary forces understand that in order to maintain high […]

Standardized Testing: A Race to Nowhere

Race To Nowhere is an excellent description of the standardized testing movement. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, increased the role of the federal government in public education and also expanded the role of standardized testing. This morning, I had a conversation with another educator who was ending a California State Testing week. […]

EDUCATION REFORM IS THE BEST STOCK ON THE MARKET

By Guest Blogger George Thompson Numerous corporations such as Microsoft and ETS (Education Testing Service) use philanthropy to influence education policies in such a way as to create demands for their products. To take but one example of how this works, consider how Pearson PLC, is expanding its current markets through the push for national […]

Ontario Teachers’ Federation Hires Lorna Earl Despite Conflict Of Interest

By Guest Blogger George Thompson OTF, the umbrella group for Ontario’s teacher unions has recently hired Lorna Earl, despite the fact that her conflict of interest case has yet to be resolved. The contract, given to her by OTF with money paid by the Ministry to survey teachers about “assessment”, would seem to represent yet another obvious […]