Tag Archives: education reform
The Joy of Learning
“Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.” ~Aristotle Fifteen years ago, George Bush introduced No Child Left Behind, which increased pressure on children and teachers, with nationwide standardized testing. President Obama promised to change that, but instead … Continue reading
Opt Out Parent to US Dept of Education – “We Will Not Comply.”
“The fact that students with the highest needs are being placed in the crossfire of threats from the Federal Government is discriminatory and bullying at best. Picking on our most vulnerable children is a sign of a system in a … Continue reading
This Yale Psychiatrist Knows How to Shut Down the School to Prison Pipeline: So Why is He Ignored?
“You know the purpose of the school is not just to raise test scores, or to give children academic learning. The purpose of the school is to give children an experience that will help them grow and develop in ways … Continue reading
Manufacturing the Illusion of Democracy – Chris Hedges
“We’ve bought into the idea that education is about training and “success,” defined monetarily, rather than learning to think critically and to challenge. We should not forget that the true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers. The … Continue reading
The REAL Accountability Issue: Incompetent Leadership
“Effective leaders in education apply strategies of democracy, they listen to and collaborate creatively with those they hope to inspire and influence. Successful administrators share power, encouraging others to take on leadership positions and responsibilities. They include all members of a … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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