Friday, July 19, 2013




Cashing in on Kids Report Exposes ALEC
The Center for Media and Democracy has a new report out on ALEC (Good beach reading) Despite widespread public opposition to the education privatization agenda, at least 139 bills or state budget provisions reflecting American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) education bills have been introduced in 43 states and the District of Columbia in just the […]

So the Common Core created top-notch lessons?
I see today AFT president Randi Weingarten was promoting the Common Core via an interview with an Ohio NPR station back in May. Once again the Common Core cheerleaders falsely imply that these new standards have invented critical thinking and in-depth lessons. I would expect this type of propaganda from the corporate reformers not from […]

Harumph! Kids These Days! On Changing Our Tone About Young People
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” - Nelson Mandela A lot has been said in the media lately about the degeneration of our youth and their seeming lack of moral character, their resulting destructive behavior, and their defiance.  I, personally, was involved […]

Open Letter to Congress on ESEA Reauthorization
To Members of the 113th Congress: I write to express my concerns regarding the various versions of the new ESEA now circulating in Washington, all of which appear to have enough in common to be combined, perhaps, under a more fitting title. Something like The Corporate Foundation and Education Industry Welfare Act of 2013.  All […]

Why NCTQ Wants to Get Rid of Schools of Education
A social studies lesson on the business of education from  Alan Singer, Hofstra Uniersity: They think they found the solution to fix American schools and it is really very simple: get rid of schools of education because they fail to adequately train teachers. The NCTQ posted a list of the advisory committee for its study on […]

7-18-13 Schools Matter @ The Chalk Face
SCHOOLS MATTER @ THE CHALK FACE: Check out our latest episode on #TFA in MinnesotaHere’s our latest episode of At the Chalk Face with two graduate students from the University of Minnesota who are resisting their institution’s potential deal with TFA. I’m still a little annoyed by the end of this episode. I decided to use Zingaya to run the show instead of Skype, and it cut us off. […]by Chalk Fac