Prepare yourself for the long fight. They are rich but we are many. If we can stand together we will win.
To let go of the desire to cure or rescue, to sit with the pain that compels us to reach for quick reforms would be to begin to act ethically.
Here are some headlines with links to the source of just the ones that have received national attention (these are just some that have been caught).
Did you know that real stuff happens all the time in the fight against corporatized/bureaucratized education refom? Not the kind of stuff where someone posts a polemic rant on the web, as well-intentioned as that might be.
Predatory education reformers view children as widgets to be improved, standardized, and certified. If every brain is different, can children be expected to all achieve the same benchmarks, at the same time?
Common Core was not a “best practice” that was modeled by one state and copied by others. It was a joint initiative that had never been piloted anywhere. It was an unusual collaboration between government and private interests.
Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you know, don’t discuss it — If it’s not reported, it didn’t happen.
Twenty five years ago we in the public schools were working on standards and goals, but they were very different from what is happening today.
Read a transcript of George Carlin’s famous rant – as relevant today as it was nine years ago.
For-profit juvenile jails, corrupt judges, zero-tolerance public school policies; they’re all part of the school-to-prison pipeline. A new film documents one judge who was sentenced to 28 years in prison for selling our children to a private jail.
Let’s get one thing perfectly clear: reform just means change. Change can be good. Change can be indifferent. Change can also be bad. Reforming your daily routine by not brushing your teeth anymore would be a bad change.
Charter school claims are sometimes too good to be real. Here are some questions you can ask to get to the truth.
U.S. policy initiatives to improve the U.S. education system are misguided because they deny evidence documenting that students from disadvantaged households perform less well in school than those from more advantaged families.
DumpDuncan.org was a website that ran from 2011-2014. It was created as a project of the Dump Duncan group on Facebook. DumpDuncan.org was reformed as Defend-Ed.org in January, 2014. Read why.