Tuesday, July 15, 2014

empathyeducates – Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

empathyeducates – Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing:








Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing
ou hear a lot nowadays about the magic of big data. Getting hold of the right numbers can increase revenue, improve decision-making, or help you find a mate—or so the thinking goes. In 2009, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a crowd of education researchers: “I am […]
100% Error Rate on Student Transfers – A ‘Miracle?’
State Superintendent John White talks with Chateau Estates Elementary School students in Kenner Wednesday, February 20, 2013. White presented the state’s new plan for reform and accountability for the 2013-14 school year during the visit to the school. (Photo by Brett Duke, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune) Introductory […]


7-15-14 the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University)
the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University): “Gravity”: The Unbearable Lightness of Being a WomanIn the film Gravity, Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) fulfills what appears to be a prerequisite for women in films: She undresses alone: Sandra Bullock, Gravity As a science fiction film fan, I immediately thought of Sigour


Social Movement Unionism Comes to the Teachers Unions at Last

Social Movement Unionism Comes to the Teachers Unions at Last:



Social Movement Unionism Comes to the Teachers Unions at Last

Therefore, I was heartened by a panel I attended at the American Federation of Teachers annual conference in LA this past weekend called “Social Movement Unionism vs. Corporate Reform: Winning Strategies to Turn the Tide.” It featured six union officials from LA, New York, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago and St. Paul sharing their efforts to bring the wider community into their organizing and the various successes they’ve had.
Opening up the discussion was Alex Caputo-Pearl, the newly installed President of UTLA, the United Teachers of Los Angeles. He defined social movement unionism as democratic, engaged with members, parents and community, explicit about fighting racial and social injustice, fighting privatization, taking people on, including Democrats and being willing to strike. He spoke of how at Crenshaw High School, he took on then LA School Superintendant Roy Romer who was head of the Democratic National Committee. He said when Romer got so annoyed and transferred him, the community helped get him transferred back.
He spoke about how when community activist Khalid Ali was beaten up by the police and charged himself with assault, the teachers took days off to support his fight and got him out. They formed the Crenshaw Cougar Coalition which was a coalition of community groups and teachers working for social change. Caputo-Perl said he wants to take the work he did in South LA and bring it city wide as the new president of UTLA.
He said he wants to make sure every school had a chapter chair and understands that they may have to strike. He said they have to start saving money for that now. He spoke of a resolution to target high need schools and put money into restorative justice.
He has a sweeping plan to reorganize UTLA which has not had certain key positions until now. Now they have a Policy Director, a Director of Research, an Executive Director and a Parent and Community Organizer. They plan to combine a contract and community campaign with a dues restructuring campaign and conduct a blitz of school site visits to talk to people and survey them face to face.
Next up was Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, famous for facing off against Chicago mayor and privatization fan Rahm Emmanuel. She said his favorable rating on education is 29%, as his entire platform is teacher bashing.
She talked about defeating his campaign to get teachers to work a Social Movement Unionism Comes to the Teachers Unions at Last:

What “Education News” is NOT supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation? | Reclaim Reform

What “Education News” is NOT supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation? | Reclaim Reform:



What “Education News” is NOT supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation?

“Education coverage for NBCNews.com is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation… ” – NBCNews
NBC News from B-M Gates
Bill Gates, who financed the creation of Common Core State Standards and other major organizations for corporate education reform, makes hundreds of millions of tax-free dollars in profits monthly from his and his foundations’ investments in high stakes testing, online programs, apps, textbooks, etc. Gates and his foundation are major profiteers in the corporate-led education reform movement which is part of the Education Industrial Complex. Foundations invest money to benefit the foundations. Foundations then pay foundation executives and investors whatever the foundations choose to pay them.
What do the vast majority of Americans know about CCSS and the CCSS compliant high stakes tests sold under a variety of brand names in various states? Whatever they read and hear in the news.
Who pays to have the news report whatever paid experts are chosen to say during interviews? Whatever conclusions are reached by research paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – which also financially supports the universities and think-tank organizations that do the research? The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
carl saganIn Carl Sagan’s last book, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, published in 1996, he made it clear about why so many people believed what is obviously false by referring to an intelligent man he met in New York.


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