BAMN: Taking an Activist Stance: Students and Educators’ Action Plan

BAMN will be participating in the Save our Schools conference and rally July 28-30. We are helping to raise funds to document the event, as well as sponsoring a workshop during the conference. Here is where you can donate for the documentary:   http://www.indiegogo.com/Save-Our-Schools-March-Document-fund Here is a description of our workshop (Thursday, July 28 at […]

How Do Teachers Matter? Not as Cause Agents But as Learning Opportunities

Lost in the exaggerated claims of “bad” teachers being at the core of all that ails education and the concurrent calls for greater teacher accountability, often linked to student test scores, is a careful consideration of why we have universal public education in a free society and what the role of the teacher is within […]

Test Scores Fail Students, Teachers, But Remain a Political Prop

The news out of Washington DC offers evidence that calls for test-based teacher evaluations persist, ironically against the weight of evidence: “Sen. Joseph Lieberman is drafting a school reform bill that would tie a portion of federal education dollars to a requirement that states implement robust teacher evaluations, with student test scores being a major […]

How Not to Fight School Reform

By Guest Blogger XX, The Rhode Island Massacre in which teachers were all fired due to low math and literacy test scores set off a backlash among teachers and those who seem to support them. While some of the corporate media has exploited this for a good human interest story and even as a fairly obvious example of “injustice”, […]