Monday, September 5, 2011

Schools Matter: If the Public Mattered to Arne and the Reform Schoolers, What Might They Learn?

Schools Matter: If the Public Mattered to Arne and the Reform Schoolers, What Might They Learn?:

If the Public Mattered to Arne and the Reform Schoolers, What Might They Learn?

Last week the 43rd annual PDK/Gallup Poll was published, and never in the history of the Poll has the concept of "a public" been more threatened by a virulent form of corporatism that seeks to replace democratic institutions with unregulated profiteering by educons schooled in the virtue of selfishness and the worship of wealth.

I have pulled some of the findings from the Poll and pasted them below, along with few comments (click on any chart to enlarge).

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Anger builds over $1M buyout of Ackerman in Philly.

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Anger builds over $1M buyout of Ackerman in Philly.:

Anger builds over $1M buyout of Ackerman in Philly.

Philadelphians of every hue and persuasion have found something to be angry about in the buyout deal for former Superintendent of Schools Arlene Ackerman. For some, it's the roughly $1 million cost of the buyout... For the non-partisan, non-profit watchdog group, the Committee of Seventy, the issue has been the unusual and probably unprecedented dependence on anonymous private donors to help cover the cost of Dr. Ackerman's parachute. --Education Nation
The $400,000 or so in private

NYC Public School Parents: Happy Labor Day? Not for school aides, or our kids

NYC Public School Parents: Happy Labor Day? Not for school aides, or our kids:

Happy Labor Day? Not for school aides, or our kids

Happy Labor Day and welcome back to a new school year. I hope you had a good summer and rest. Unfortunately, the DOE has not been honoring those who work in our schools. Instead, they are planning to lay-off nearly 800 school aides and other school-based personnel; people who help our kids every day.
The day before school begins, on Wednesday, at 4 PM in front of Tweed, we are co-sponsoring a protest against the proposed lay-offs; for more on these layoffs, see Juan Gonzalez’ column here.
This year, we also expect to return to a much diminished teaching force; with more than 3000 or more teaching positions lost and/or teachers excessed, While enrollment is still increasing, this is likel

The 2011 Mr. Vilson Manifesto [Dark Knight Feeling] | The Jose Vilson

The 2011 Mr. Vilson Manifesto [Dark Knight Feeling] | The Jose Vilson:

The 2011 Mr. Vilson Manifesto [Dark Knight Feeling]

I’m not a hero.

You can start off with the greatest intentions, develop great relationships, and create wonderful initiatives for your team. By our own meritocratic illusions, we believe that the more someone does these things in their spaces, they’re entitled to a certain amount of greatness. Yet, our reality establishes limits on that type of success, even for those of us doing the right work. Through the process of success, feelings like enmity and envy develop where love and camaraderie could sit. When enough people develop this resentment, you’re in a situation where

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