Leaked Document Shows Michelle Rhee Working With Connecticut Astroturf Group To Push ALEC’s “Parent Trigger”

Rhee’s group was coordinating with an astroturf organization in Connecticut. (Photo credit: Flickr user angela n.) Next month, the film Won’t Back Down will be released in theaters nationwide. This drama starring Maggie Gylenhall and Viola Davis — and backed by Walmart and the right-wing Anschutz Film Group — promotes the “parent trigger,” an American […]

Don't sit under the banana tree with anyone else but Rhee: Michele Rhee invited to speak to for-profit college "union" for $50K

On January 23 the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), the trade “ union” group for for-profit colleges in the United States, announced that former president George W. Bush would be the keynote speaker at the lobbying group’s annual conference on June 22, 2012 at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. […]

#sixwordessay Helps Teachers Reclaim Education Debate

In the last year, the national education debate has been occupied by economists, billionaires, hedge-fund managers, corporate columnists and party-politicians –indeed, it seems like the further a person is from the classroom, the more weight his opinion carries. Call it the Gates Paradox – the power of your voice in the “education reform” debate is […]

Teacher Quality and Accountability: A Failed Debate

“Value-added and other types of growth models are probably the most controversial issue in education today,” argues Matthew Di Carlo in his “What Value-Added Research Does And Does Not Show.” Di Carlo carefully examines, with ample evidence and a fair hand, the most recent cycle of education reform that has targeted teacher quality and accountability. One […]

Teachers as Radicals: After SOS, What Now?

Thanks to education commentary and policy under President Obama and Secretary of Education Duncan, we don’t have to turn to George Orwell’s brilliant essays on politics and language or his classic 1984 to understand the reality of double-speak. By the end of 2010, the education focus of the Obama administration and the U.S. Department of […]

Strawman Argument Is All They Have

In the comments of Diane Ravitch’s recent EdWeek Bridging Differences, “Why I Am Marching on July 30,” one comment captures the bankrupt support for the new reformer movement coming from Secretary Duncan, Bill Gates, and Michelle Rhee. paulhoss@hotmail.com takes this swipe at those such as Ravitch challenging the new reformers: “What to say about SOS? […]

The Cutthroat Curriculum

“When you are basing the effectiveness of teachers on lots of softer things, whether the kids feel good, whether the classroom is happy, whether we’re creative (don’t get me wrong, those things are important), but if the kids can’t read…that’s not acceptable,” former Washington D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee asserted indignantly in a recent interview […]

The Great Accountability and "World-Class Workforce" Scam

“Hello. We’re the ones who control your lives. We make the decisions that affect all of you. Isn’t it interesting to know that those who run our lives would have the nerve to tell you about it in this manner? Suffer, you fools. We know everything you do, and we know where you go. What […]

"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 […]

Superman or Kryptonite?—Legend of the Fall, pt. V

The celebrity tour continues, and this time it is Geoffrey Canada on The Colbert Report where celebrity reformer Michelle Rhee revealed her lack of historical perspective and expertise concerning education. Canada made his second appearance with Colbert, but this time he comes in as the face on the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ)—mislabeled as a “miracle” […]