Bi-partisan Failure: Misreading Education "Gaps"

It took about twenty years, and then another secondary ten years, but the hysterical and misleading A Nation at Risk under the Reagan administration successfully kicked off three decades of public school accountability. In the beginning, the hysteria revolved around several points that were factually inaccurate, but publicly effective: (1) U.S. public schools were failing, […]

"Top Level Kids" and Accountability-A Radical Response

The 21st century Western world, driven by American corporate and consumer ideology, is a perpetual media culture that depends on sound bites and “the next thing,” leaving the public reduced to media consumers never allowed time to reflect on the information. Volume and speed have consumed and obliterated nuance, ethics, and accuracy. Numerous media outlets […]

21st Century Segregation: Inverting King's Dream

Brian Jones has asked us to pause during the 2011 MLK Day to consider King’s reaction to the achievement gap that persists well into the twenty-first century, suggesting that education policy begun under George W. Bush—No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—and accelerated under Barack Obama works against King’s dream. As Jones mentions, political leaders are apt […]

Wrong Questions = Wrong Answers: Legend of the Fall, pt. IV

Newsweek journalist Daniel Lyons posed a series of questions recently to Bill Gates, a leading and powerful voice in the new school reform movement, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers—highlighting not what we need to address in our public schools but proving further that the media, celebrity/billionaire experts, and bureaucrats are […]

Don't mourn, organize! Detroit looks to unseat the pro-business presidency of Keith Johnson, member of the billionaires boyz club and attache to Robert Bobb, Chief Financial Officer and paid supplicant of Eli Broad

Keith Johnson, current president of Detroit Federation of Teachers has sold his soul to the privatization establishment.  Detroit teachers fight for a straight slate to unseat him!  Picture of Keith Johnson, the rancid Randi Weingarten and Robert Bobb breaking bread and breaking teachers, students and the Detroit working class! Many of us have been writing […]

The Myth of the "Bad Teacher"

In this political season of faux anti-establishment anger born of very real economic desperation, public educators have become the villain du jour, their reputations collateral damage in the war against “big government.”

Facing what could be the end of is career, Robert Bobb, serial public school closer takes the witness stand for the third day this Friday in where? Detroit

Facing the possible end of his career in DPS, Bobb will be on the stand again today (Friday) at 2:00 pm for the third day.   Judge Baxter’s courtroom is room 1421 of the Coleman A. Young Center (City County Building) in Detroit, Michigan. Open to the public! excerpt from www.detnews.com coverage of Thursday’s court hearing, which got heated:          […]