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 […]

Central Falls Used to Broadcast New Turnaround Model for Failing Schools

by Jordan Doorwall The staff of Central Falls high school in Rhode Island has been given a new lease on life, or so it seems. And so much like Shylock in the Merchant of Venice, they’ve been given a new religion to go with it. The symbolism is unmistakeable: teachers come back with the understanding that […]

Standardized Testing: A Race to Nowhere

Race To Nowhere is an excellent description of the standardized testing movement. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, increased the role of the federal government in public education and also expanded the role of standardized testing. This morning, I had a conversation with another educator who was ending a California State Testing week. […]

EDUCATION REFORM IS THE BEST STOCK ON THE MARKET

By Guest Blogger George Thompson Numerous corporations such as Microsoft and ETS (Education Testing Service) use philanthropy to influence education policies in such a way as to create demands for their products. To take but one example of how this works, consider how Pearson PLC, is expanding its current markets through the push for national […]