Community college presidents team up with the Lumina Foundation and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce to rapidly privatize the colleges under Obama’s 20/20 plan

Photo of the arrogant face of privatization: James Merisotis, president of the Lumina Foundation Take a look at how the philanthropists like Lumina and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others, smuggle themselves, stealth like, into every nook and cranny of civil society. Photo of the public face of privatization: Eloy Ortiz Oakley, President […]

City College of San Francisco (CCSF) fights back against the corporate raiders and enemies of education

Recently, students, faculty and community supporters rallied to save the City College of San Francisco (CCSF), once known as a “junior college” or “community college” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ohmyNueU94&feature=youtu.be).  However, the names ‘junior college and community college” no longer find resonance in the snaky plans of the privatizers who are threatening the CCSF with corporatization and extinction. The […]

World Teachers Day To Defend Public Education & Fight Privatization

10/5 Action On World Teachers Day To Defend Public Education & Fight Privatization Picket And Rally Friday October 5, 2012 4:30 PM At WestEd located at 730 Harrison St. San Francisco October 5, 2012 is recognized as the the International Day For Teachers and public teachers, all education workers and students are under a frontal […]

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 […]

We're being steamrolled into one-size-fits-all

NOTE: I am one of six “experts” invited to comment on the Common Core, the only one criticizing the document, at the Learning Matters blog. Of note is the Learning Matters subtitle: Reporting You Can Trust. Well, you decide. You might find it interesting to note that the only changes the editors made in my […]

Homeland Security Teacher Rating System Threat Advisory

Print[1], using a #2 pencil.  Submit copies to:               U. S. Department of Education               Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation               National Governors Association Center for Best Practices               Editorial Department New York Times               ALEC Name: Last _______________ First _______________ Middle ____________ Alias _______________ Sex: M F Other Not […]

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 […]

Microsoft and Wal-Mart Lead American Education Reform: Ontario to Follow?

By Guest Blogger George Microsoft and Wal-Mart are no Scrooges when it comes to charity. The philanthropic divisions of Microsoft and Wal-Mart are the two greatest corporate sponsors of the rapidly accelerating shift to a publicly funded system of education that is privately operated.  Both the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Walton Family Foundation […]