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 […]

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 […]

The Education Games: Reform as Doublespeak

Although we currently live in a world informed by George Orwell’s dystopian unmasking-as-novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, we seem unable to acknowledge that the Ministry of Peace is actually waging war. In our current education reform debate, educators must come to terms with Orwell’s recognition of the essential nature of political speech: “I have not here been […]

Rotten to the (Common) Core

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results, then South Carolina is about to join much of the nation in education policy that can only be called insanity. The current accountability era was spurred by A Nation at Risk, and despite that report being flawed and a political tool, […]

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. […]

Berkeley School Board to vote on the proposed REALM charter school: Will faith-based charter schools coupled with oligarch and philanthro-capitalist largess improve public education?

The issue I am about to attempt to analyze is pressing and I call for all of you who wish to protect public education to please contact Yvette Felarca, [email protected], National coordinator of the By Any Means Necessary coalition at www.bamn.com, (510) 502-9072 to oppose the privatization of Berkeley public schools and to resist the first step towards implementing this plan for privatization by the REALM charter school, scheduled to be approved on February 3, 2010 at the Berkeley Unified School District Meeting.

The REALM charter school, of which I write and that which is the subject of the Berkeley Unified School District’s upcoming decision, will be either approved or disapproved at the February 3, 2010 Berkeley School Board meeting. This is an important opportunity for you, the citizens of Berkeley and beyond, to register your protestations over what, if approved, will steer the course towards the privatization of Berkeley public schools. You can contact school board members and the Mayor of Berkeley by e-mail or phone:
Karen Hemphill, President (2010)
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Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, Vice President (2012)
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Nancy Riddle, Director (2010)
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John T. Selawsky, Director (2012)
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Shirley Issel, Director (2010)
[email protected]
Valeria Gonzalez Student Director (2009–10)

Contact Information for the BUSD Board of Directors:
Individual email addresses above or
[email protected] will send your message to all of the Board.
Voicemail: 510-644-6550

ONTARIO ADVISOR FULLAN TEAMED WITH PASTOREK IN NEW ORLEANS REFORM: CHARTER SCHOOLS ON ONTARIO’S “NEXT HORIZON”

Guest Blogged by George Thompson Premier McGuinty’s Special Advisor on education and the architect of Ontario’s reforms, was also a key advisor to the Louisiana superintendent, Paul Pastorek, in directing the post Hurricane Katrina reforms which led to America’s charter-dominated city. Katrina had presented an opportunity for what Naomi Klein refers to as “disaster capitalism”; […]