The Lumina Foundation again: prioritizing academic misery

As I have written and commented on for more than a year, The Lumina Foundation has been selected for some time as the wrecking ball against the public commons, especially in terms of higher ed. Lumina is the kitechn cabinet of the Department of Education under Obama and the new Race to the Top for […]

Obama's 20/20 plan for higher education: The Lumina Foundation and the new 21st century Social Darwin movement

  In part one and two of the article, “Obama’s 20/20 plan for higher education: chump change you can’t believe in”, I attempted to critically examine both prongs of the corporate instigated plan. (http://www.dailycensored.com/part-two-the-obama-2020-plan-for-higher-education-chump-change-you-cant-believe-in/)., (http://www.dailycensored.com/the-obama-2020-plan-for-education-chump-change-you-cant-believe-in/).    I had hoped that a ‘three part’ series on this horrific plan would be adequate but alas, as most […]

ADVOCACY PHILANTHROPY AND THE LEVERAGED BUY-OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS — PART 1

From: Philosophers for Change: (http://philoforchange.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/advocacy-philanthropy-and-the-leveraged-buy-out-of-public-schools-part-1/ ). May 14, 2013 In a newly released book entitled The Gates Foundation and the Future of US Public Schools, author Kenneth Saltman argues that the entry into educational reform policies within the last decade by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other, what he calls “venture philanthropists”, is […]

CCSF: Let's get ready to rumble

Today at 4:30 there will be a meeting to bring together the students, teachers, community, and those members of the SEIU who may be responding to Nancy of Radical Women’s invitation yesterday: CCSF Students, Teachers, Classifieds, and SF Community meeting at 4:30 Student Union. All invited including journalists As someone who voted for Prop. A […]

Fools rush in, where wise men never go: SFCC and the destruction of the public commons by the privatized accreditors

A Letter from Tom Brown to California Elected Officials   Leader Pelosi’s office has already been contacted by “Save CCSF” activists and reports are that the staff response revealed a lack of understanding of what’s happening at CCSF. We’re told that someone in the Leader’s office responded by saying “City College tries to do too […]

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 […]

Students protest ouster of principal, staff and teachers by Future is Now Charter Chain backed by Bill Gates

Students in Detroit walkd out of their schools when Robert Bobb, the lapdog for Elye Broad and his union busting, privatizing crew of superintendent trainers, muscled into Detroit schools thanks to corporate democrat and Governor at the time, Jennifer Granholm.  In fact, they even sat in at her office to stop the appointment of another […]

Chicago Teacher's Union under attack by right wing blitz and astro-turf organizations

From a Chicago teacher- The profession that I - and thousands of my colleagues and friends have chosen - is being vilified in Chicago, as well as throughout the nation. Well-funded “astroturf” groups have taken out attack ads vs. teachers in Chicago on the radio, and our union is looking for ways to defend us. […]

Lakeview Sit-in Sold Down the River by Local Labor Leaders

By Jack Gerson Jack Gerson is a long time Bay Area activist who up until recently taught in the Oakland Public School System. Shortly before 4am on Tuesday July 3, Oakland Unified School District police, backed by cops from the Oakland Police Department, the Oakland Housing Authority, and the California Highway Patrol, raided the sit-in […]

LAUSD/UTLA Pushing Value Added Model VAM: Neo-instrumentality and zombie functionalism

I read the article that follows below earlier this week and had to agree with much of what is stated.  The Value Added Model of Education (VAM) — notice the clever use of the words ‘value’ and ‘added’ — this would have made Orwell’s head jerk for it is this type of doublespeak that we find […]