The Great Dumbing Down: NY Department of Education calls for censorship

Uploaded by LeakSource2012  March 29, 2012 03/28/2012 If banning books by right-wing reactionaries is not enough, then how about asking text book companies to censor certain words from textbooks?  LeakSource, an online service, reported that the NY Department of Education has asked text book companies to censor certain words the department finds offensive.  One hardly […]

New York’s Common Core Pre-K Standards: They’re Not Kidding Around

An angry New York City parent of a preschooler got my attention on Twitter. “Are you f**king kidding me?” she wrote. “I may just quit my job and home-school my daughter.” I wondered what on earth could be so terrible. I soon found out: the New York City Department of Education’s “Common Core–aligned tasks embedded […]

Revealed: The ‘secret’ app installed on millions of mobile phones that records your keystrokes, your browsing and reads your messages

No one is naive enough to think that the ruling class in this country or elsewhere is set to allow Occupy ‘anything’ to get in the way of profits, control and authoritarianism, are they? Bush set the ground work for all the illegal spying, warrantless wiretaps, Patriot Act and the whole kit and kaboodle that […]

Nobel Prize Economist Refutes David Coleman’s Crackpot Literacy Theory

Common Core Curriculum Standards entrepreneur David Coleman is barnstorming the country claiming that schools need to de-emphasize fiction and obliterate any semblance of reader response. No feelings, no imaginations, no speculations: Just the facts, kid. What children need, asserts Coleman, whose connection with what US public schoolchildren need is a masters degree from Oxford, is […]

The Crocodile in the Common Core Standards

“[A]s you grow up in this world you realize people really don’t give a shit about what you feel or what you think.”  Thus, Common Core Standards architect David Coleman delivered[1] the core pedagogy of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)  to educators gathered at the New York State Department of Education in April 2011. […]

"Click, Clack, Moo": Why the 1% Always Wins

As a high school English teacher for nearly two decades, I came to embrace a need to offer students a wide range of lenses for interacting with and learning from many different texts, but I also learned that coming to read and re-read, to write and re-write the world is both a powerful and disorienting […]

Steve Conn, suspended Detroit teacher activist, seeks our support: let’s give it

  Picture of Steve Conn in the middle from a Baltimore AFT teacher: Hi all from Alan Rebar. Let’s stand up for Steve Conn and the Defend Public Education/Save Our Students (DPESOS) caucus of the Detroit Federation of Teachers. Steve Conn and three of his colleagues have been suspended from the Detroit Federation of Teachers. […]

The United Nations position on human rights and the right to organize a union

Educators Network for Social Justice (ENSJ is an independent group of educators working to promote social justice teaching and policy in Milwaukee-area schools. If you wish to join the e-list of ENSJ, send an email to EducatorsNSJ@gmail.com, with “Subscribe to e-list” in the subject line. If you wish to unsubscribe, put “unsubscribe” in the subject line. […]

The Censorship of Mark Twain

It was recently announced that the United States would be releasing a new version of Huckleberry Finn that will omit the words nigger and injun. Naturally, this decision is controversial. When you start down the path of open and blatant censorship, the results are never good. It doesn’t matter what the intentions are. When a […]