Get a Black Belt in Common Core Curriculum Implementation!

Proving once again that current education policy and programs have made satire nearly impossible,  The Common Core Institute  brings us the notion of black belt certification for teacher leaders.  These people bill themselves as a “leading provider of professional development, coaching, and training services for schools.” They invite educators to join them for a full […]

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 […]

Over 100,000 Local Teaching Jobs Have Been Lost In The Last Year and with Cyber distance learning and austerity, expect more and more

 From BusinessInsider reporter: Joe Weisenthal http://www.businessinsider.com/over-100000-local-teaching-jobs-have-been-lost-in-the-last-year-2012-7 Joe Weisenthal | Jul. 6, 2012, 8:59 AM One major cause of the unemployment crisis. Ongoing cuts at the state and local level. According to the latest BLS report (page 30 of this pdf), local education jobs dropped by 14 in the last month, and over the last year, […]

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 […]

Tennessee mined student data for more than 20 years

Tennessee has data mined kids for 20 years in schools but never allowed teachers to see test scores: now under Race to the Top the scores will be accessible Arne Duncan’s Race to the Top is a federal extortion plan designed to reward states for educational deform keeping with the philosophy of competition and class-based […]