Especially for those of us who have taught high school for many years, this is true: If you shake us awake at 2 AM we can immediately recite a list of reasons why one should not be too reckless in this life. It’s because we witness the recklessness of teens daily and in very large numbers. Continue reading The Deeper Issue That Could Kill the Teaching Profession
The growing movement for parents, teachers, and students to opt out of overbearing testing regimens is challenging corporate education reformers and public officials who are favorable to their efforts.
Tests have been the key false “evidence” that school profiteers have used to “prove” that public schools are not doing the job and that private charters are once those schools are in place.
But their clever plans aren’t going very well for them right now. Continue reading Possibility of Nation-Wide Test Opt-Out Grows
We are at one of those intersections again. Public school teachers, principals, and superintendents often are.
Billionaire so-called philanthropists like Bill Gates, who actually use their money to buy big leverage, have made a push to take over public education and standardize it so that large-scale money can be made easily nation-wide by technocrats who know little about actual education.
Educators can either look the other way, or we can resist, remind society of the truth, and recover true education process for our students. Continue reading Real Teaching Goes Far Beyond the Technology
Plans are under way for investment corporations to execute the biggest conversion – some call it theft – of public schools property in U.S. history.
That is not hyperbole. Investment bankers themselves estimate that their taking over public schools is going to result in hundreds of billions of dollars in profit, if they can pull it off. Continue reading Investors Ready to Liquidate Public Schools
After the election on November 4th, will we then need to defend the independently-elected position of Superintendent of Public Instruction? No matter who wins the race to fill it, the answer is most likely, yes. Continue reading Why We Will Need to Defend the Office of State Superintendent
The race for Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction took a negative turn about two weeks ago after having been a pretty classy campaign until then. Continue reading Campaign Attack Blog Reveals Ugly Attitudes Toward Educating the Poor
Eleven days out from the election and the all-Republican, Fallin-hand-picked Oklahoma State Board of Education is a model of affability. Continue reading They Still Don’t Get It — Teachers Can’t be Bought
How many failures will it take before we allow ourselves to know that societal problems impede education just as a lack of education impedes progress in society? It’s not either/or. It’s both/and.
It is far easier to tear something down than it is to build and maintain it in the first place. It’s true with physical things and it’s true of government, too.
In Texas and now in Colorado conservatives on the far right have been in a panic about history students actually learning history. Whether being earnest in their own beliefs or being duped by corporate propaganda efforts, these conservatives want desperately to put a lid on history study at the high school level that might explore all of American history.