The Privatization of Education, SFCC and Occupy SF

by Bob Gorringe Occupy SF Where should SF Occupy-Action Council (215 Golden Gate Avenue-2 PM every Sunday) direct its energy today? There’s the issue of the Privatization of Education as exemplified in the austerity programs being crammed down the throats of San Franciscan voters and taxpayers at City College despite the fact that the citizens […]

Look at Who’s Partnering with Verizon to Deliver Common Core Offal

Parents and teachers are faced with a volcanic eruption of curriculum claiming to deliver the Common Core State [sic] Standards. Here’s a look at one coterie (check out the third meaning: a group of prairie dogs occupying a communal burrow) gathered under the Verizon Foundation umbrella. Verizon invites Partners to join them at Thinkfinity to […]

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 […]

In 20002, Business Week Revealed Why Common Core Disdains Fiction

And the little very very very very very very very old man smiled, and looking at the faerie he said: ‘Why?’ —e. e. cummings, The Old Man Who Said Why This is the kind of writing primary graders savor. I speak from first-hand, on-the-spot observation here. Of course, teacher experience, knowledge, and intuition count for […]

RESOLUTION ON HIGH-STAKES TESTING

Please read and circulate!   http://timeoutfromtesting.org/nationalresolution/ This resolution is modeled on the resolution passed by more than 360 Texas school boards as of April 23, 2012. It was written by Advancement Project; Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; FairTest; Forum for Education and Democracy; MecklenburgACTS; Deborah Meier; NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; […]

Rotten to the (Common) Core

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results, then South Carolina is about to join much of the nation in education policy that can only be called insanity. The current accountability era was spurred by A Nation at Risk, and despite that report being flawed and a political tool, […]

Teacher Quality and Accountability: A Failed Debate

“Value-added and other types of growth models are probably the most controversial issue in education today,” argues Matthew Di Carlo in his “What Value-Added Research Does And Does Not Show.” Di Carlo carefully examines, with ample evidence and a fair hand, the most recent cycle of education reform that has targeted teacher quality and accountability. One […]

Virtual learning as the next con job – The Kahn Academy

I first became aware of The Kahn Academy, its plans for ‘reforming education’ and its ebullient Executive Director, Sal Kahn when I was sent a video of Kahn speaking at a TED conference (you can see the twenty minute video at http://www.khanacademy.org/ along with other videos of Kahn speaking at similar engagements).  For readers who […]

In Praise of Learning by Bertolt Brecht

When this was written in 1931 the Weimar republic had died and Hitler was on the road to power. Brecht, of course, was the great playwrite and poet of the early part of the 1900’s.  His poem, “In Praise of Learning” is more important now than ever!  Here it is in its entirety!   Study […]

My Challenge to the False Prophets of Education Reform

At some point during my sophomore year of junior college, I came to recognize myself as a teacher while working as a tutor for Dean Carter’s British Literature survey course. I had discovered my calling to be a writer about a year before that. During my journey to major in education and certify to teach […]