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 […]

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 […]

Every child left behind: New studies show that the disappearance of art, music and even recess is having a devastating effect on kids as we prepare them as widgets

From Larry Miller’s blog http://millermps.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/school-its-way-more-boring-than-when-you-were-there/ School: It’s way more boring than when you were there Filed under: Education Policy — millerlf @ 8:55 pm Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 By Daniel Denvir Salon.com Forty-nine million or so American children have returned to public school classrooms that are, according to many critics, ever more boring. Preparation for increasingly […]

Joel Klein Meets Joel Klein to Discuss Rupert Murdoch No Bid Contract to Wireless Generation

From a guest: NYC’s former Chancellor, Joel Klein, now works for Murdoch, and has been put in charge of his “internal investigation” of this scandal. At the same time questions have been raised surrounding several no-bid contracts that the NY State Education Department and the NYC Department of Education intend to award Wireless Generation, the […]

Education, a new perspective

Perspective is an interesting concept.  Where is the viewer relative to the vanishing point?  Move one or the other and the image changes dramatically.  I was moved this a.m.  I was moved by a feature piece about new technology and how it is affecting the third world. E-Readers were introduced to children in Ghana.  Thanks […]

Anti-intellectualism in America

  The Nazis who posed as intellectual heavyweights read National Inquirer-type literature as they decided on death camps: Anti-intellectualism in America George W. Bush liked to spout off and boast about how he did not like to read the newspaper or even read at all.  Sarah Palin could not tell a piece of literature from […]

Detroit Public Schools: Canary in the Coal Mine of Public Education

What was once a prospering manufacturing city has now been brought to its knees by the policies of neo-liberalism and late stage capitalism. In an article in Time Magazine, September 24, 2009 entitled “Detroit: The death – and possible life – of a great city”, the author, Daniel Okrent states the real problem succinctly: By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit’s treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services. The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers’ union to reject a philanthropist’s offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools, is in receivership. The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit, the unemployment rate is 28.9%. That’s worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent