Category Archives: education reform

Opting Out of Factory Model Schooling, by Ira Shor

“All in all, for a long time educators have known “what works” for kids in schools and we have not been allowed to do what we know kids need and prosper from because most kids “have to be prepared” in school for a … Continue reading

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Is the Opt Out Movement Destined to Grow (Transform)?

How (and Why) the Opt Out Movement Could Grow into the Most Powerful & Important Children’s Rights Movement in History… HOW: By going on the offensive- holding nation-wide marches, walk-outs, sit-ins, boycotts, workshops & teach-ins: organizing coordinated local actions simultaneously in all states to focus … Continue reading

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UNCONSTITUTIONAL: Federal Control of Education

“Interference by the federal government in the educational programs of the states, no matter how well intended, is unconstitutional and thus, illegal. If the state legislators and local school boards wish to give up their educational autonomy in favor of … Continue reading

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Factory Model Education “Reforms” Were Designed for Product Testing, Not Children

“The factory model was developed to ensure quality control and produce identical “consumer” products cheaply. It is NOT an approach that should be used with children. Modern researchers and professional educators have come to understand that the human brain is wired for learning, and … Continue reading

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The Skills Required by Work (Which Common Core Ignores)

“Students leaving school must be able to do more than read, write, and compute as measured by standard assessment instruments. They must be able to apply those skills in real-life, authentic performance situations… Textbook-based training alone is insufficient for effective … Continue reading

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Did Former DOE Official Admit to Breaking U.S. Law?

“U.S. Dept. of Education officials write about accountability and evidence-based reforms, yet purposefully ignored decades of research on successful learner-centered whole school innovations and the dangers of high-stakes testing. Federal laws were ignored, new rules, measurement tools and standards were written out of thin air. … Continue reading

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Looting the Education Sector, by Ira Shor

“This private war on public education is not about “learning” or “cognitive development” of kids or “closing the achievement gap” etc., it’s about looting the education sub-sector and undermining two large unions… It’s happened in all other sub-sectors of the … Continue reading

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2013 Principal of the Year Resigns in Protest of NY State Education Reforms

“I cannot be part of reforms that eat away at the moral fabric of our schools. I cannot be part of a system that puts test scores based on a set of flawed standards before the interests of the whole … Continue reading

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Common Core’s Education Snake Oil

Those who are trying to sell us Common Core say that they have designed a new system of standards that will be able to predict and ensure the future college and career success of American students. This is a lie, … Continue reading

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Fraud at the Heart of Current Education Reform

For many Americans it is becoming increasingly clear that the people behind current education “reforms” in the United States are purposefully attempting to sabotage the nation’s schools and deceive the public. Such is the story shared in a new book Common Core Dilemma by Mercedes Schneider and a documentary … Continue reading

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