Part Two: The Obama 20/20 plan for higher education: Chump change you can’t believe in

“We are not speaking of education in the narrower sense, but of that other education in virtue from youth upwards, which makes a man eagerly pursue the ideal perfection of citizenship, and teaches him how rightly to rule and how to obey. This is the only education which, upon our view, deserves the name; that […]

Challenging Structural Racism in New York City Schools: Horatio Alger, RIP — Why Korean immigrants succeed

There is a link between the state and the interests of capitalists. …The state, especially in organizing and directing the educational system, trains bureaucrats, technicians, executives and workers for the economy…the state’s educational system does not merely train personnel in the skills required for production. The ideological structure necesssary to maintain the hierarchy and absolutism […]

The Economics of Reform: Ignorance + Confidence = $ucce$$

“All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.” — Mark Twain —- I have a confession to make. While I am accused often of thinking I know everything, the truth is that I want to know everything. There, I said it. And part of my voracious habit as a perpetual student (I […]

COUCHING THE STANDARDS DEBATE IN HISTORICAL TERMS: Developing a dialectical understanding of the standards debate through historical awareness

The need to couch the standard’s debate within historical context and develop a Marxist analysis of the role of capitalism and schooling is essential.  Too much time has been expended fighting standards for almost one century.  It is time to understand that capitalism has no interest in education of its population.  For its administrators and […]

Saying "No" to Transnational corporate Pearson and their privatized testing scams: Parents and children rally against Pearson

Picture of Iris Culver, an 11-year-old fifth-grader, wearing a pineapple costume she made with her friend, Asha Karmen-Chan, 10, who stands to her right. The students were protesting standardized testing outside Pearson’s Midtown office on June 7th, 2012.  The parents and children who attended the rally came from some of the 61 elementary and middle […]

LA Unified Schools: Pythagorean approach to measuring student progress mandated by court ruling

The case in Los Angeles was filed as Doe et al v. Deasy and over the objections of teachers and administrators groups, the Los Angeles Unified School District was ordered Tuesday, by a judge, to use students’ academic achievement in their teachers’ evaluations (http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/13/local/la-me-teacher-eval-20120613). The lawsuit should be called Ed Voice v. LAUSD – but […]

*Parents in 59 Schools Boycott Field Tests for High-Stakes Exams:* *Fed Up With Over-Testing, Parents Protest at Pearson Headquarters for Child Abuse- Parents say less testing more teaching

The British corporate child abusers, Pearson Inc., are intent on turning schools into laboratories  and labyrynths for testing kids.  Stealing childhood is nothing to these mendacious and rapacious corporations and Pearson is among the worst. Teachers know this, so do children for they are under the spotlight of Pearson’s grueling third degree they call testing.  Parents […]

What we’ve done to others

Like most people, we Americans remember dates related to our heritage. We celebrate July 4, 1776, with a day off, picnics, beer and fireworks. Judging from my former junior and senior university students in history courses, I calculate that most Americans can articulate one or two sentences about that wonderful day — “It was about […]

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. […]