#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 […]

Poverty Not Destiny?: Masking Corporate Agendas

Release a report, make it appear like scholarly research (include footnotes, charts, graphs, and data), and suggest something provocative such as “teachers are overpaid”—the result? The media gives the claim and report a free and frequent ride. Walt Gardner, on his blog, has lamented about this exact phenomenon concerning The Heritage Foundation report, “Assessing the […]

On Child Abuse, Therapy, and "Blood to a Vampire."

On Child Abuse, Therapy, and “Blood to a Vampire.” The Business of Child Abuse By Joshua Allen   To misquote WC Fields; “Therapy to a Social Worker is like Blood to a Vampire.” Therapy is the number one tool that Social Workers use to assist Abused and Neglected children through the continuing crisis of past […]

Voces de la Frontera call for parents, students and community members to travel to Madison for statewide gathering in front of the Capitol to protect public education

Voces de la Frontera is Wisconsin’s leading immigrant rights group - a grassroots organization that believes power comes from below and that people can overcome injustice to build a better world.  They are organizing a a trip for parents and their children to Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday the 26th in an effort to support public […]

The Teaching Profession as a Service Industry

Walt Gardner, writing in his EdWeek blog, concluded recently: “The latest reminder that freedom of speech for teachers in K-12 is an illusion came from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati on Oct. 21. In Evans-Marshall v. Board of Education of the Tipp City Exempted Village School District, the court […]

De'Von Burt, Detroit student leader, speaks out!

I don’t agree with the ideology of charter schools and what they can do. I have been a proud BAMN student organizer in BAMN for at least 8 months now (since October, 2009 and present) and I’m doing my best to defend public education. Another thing about BAMN is that they support student activism; I do also!

Senate Bill 6 out of Florida: Euthansia for education

The hope we see is in students themselves as they step up to the forefront to fight for the vision of Dubois, not the criminality and shilling of Sharpton and Booker T. Washington politics of containment of surrender. Many stalwart organizers like Detroit students, DC students, and others see the prevarication and the low-expectation message of Race to the Top inscription on the tomb stones of their futures.

Do Charter Schools Encourage Innovation and Best Practices in TPS?

And as the Hoover Institute so laconically and candidly stated, the real, rarely spoken of goal is the replacement of all traditional public schools, at least in urban areas, with retail charter chains run for profit, or in the case of non-profits, run by Boards of Directors – stocked with privatizers and entrepreneurs who know little if anything about education. What they do know, is that with education 5.6% of the GDP, twenty years of privatization efforts and economic disaster have provided them with a unique opportunity to make some good money.