Bi-partisan Failure: Misreading Education "Gaps"

It took about twenty years, and then another secondary ten years, but the hysterical and misleading A Nation at Risk under the Reagan administration successfully kicked off three decades of public school accountability. In the beginning, the hysteria revolved around several points that were factually inaccurate, but publicly effective: (1) U.S. public schools were failing, […]

The Great Dumbing Down: NY Department of Education calls for censorship

Uploaded by LeakSource2012  March 29, 2012 03/28/2012 If banning books by right-wing reactionaries is not enough, then how about asking text book companies to censor certain words from textbooks?  LeakSource, an online service, reported that the NY Department of Education has asked text book companies to censor certain words the department finds offensive.  One hardly […]

US Ambassador to Afghanistan: kill ‘them’ tirelessly or ‘they’ will kill Americans

US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, told a UK leading paper that leaving after ten years of war shows a lack of US patience, that all the US has accomplished so far is to kill the “slow and stupid ones,” and that killing in Afghanistan is important because somehow Afghanistan is a special place where […]

The War on Terror: How it is Affecting Our Politics and Society Today

by S. Paul Forrest AmericaRevealed.org Retrospect is an amazing thing.  Decisions rendered in the past can many times be looked at with this tool of reason in order to protect against future mistakes. It also gives one the opportunity to recognize the motives for decisions made by others in situations which seemed at the time, […]

The Education Games: Reform as Doublespeak

Although we currently live in a world informed by George Orwell’s dystopian unmasking-as-novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, we seem unable to acknowledge that the Ministry of Peace is actually waging war. In our current education reform debate, educators must come to terms with Orwell’s recognition of the essential nature of political speech: “I have not here been […]

#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 […]

Accountability without Autonomy Is Tyranny

When educational research reaches the public through the corporate media, the consequences are often dire. Chetty, Friedman, and Rockoff released “The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers: Teacher Value-Added and Student Outcomes in Adulthood” and immediately The New York Times pronounced in “Big Study Links Good Teachers to Lasting Gains”: “Elementary- and middle-school teachers who help raise […]

NDAA 2012 torture of American citizens, or arrest the 1%’s criminals: your choice

source: Carl Herman I appreciate my colleagues at Activist Post posting my friend Billy Vegas’ PuppetGov video, Obama and the War Criminals. The video powerfully shows damning testimony of US government “leadership” admitting they can torture any person they dictate as a “terrorist.” Art and academic/professional documentation synergize for the 99% to declare the “emperor […]

“I Don’t Believe That”: Reforming the Debate to Reform Education

I have been an avid cyclist for almost thirty years now, riding as much as 10,000 miles each year. For many of those years, I have also shaved my head, resulting in hours and hours outside in adverse weather conditions such as extreme cold, rain, and even sleet and snow. When my mother-in-law was alive, […]

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 […]