“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.  My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy ... in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music ...”

John Adams–
School teacher and President of the United States

Why the IPS School Board election matters to Oregon

— Maybe Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) members, who often consults with SfC on education issues, think Oregonians aren't aware of its bad behavior in other states. Maybe Governor Kitzhaber and Education CEO Nancy Golden think that parents, students, and community members aren't aware of SfC's agenda of privatizing our public schools. They would be wrong. State politicians and the OEIB cannot expect Oregonians to act like ostriches with their heads stuck in the sand on the very important issue of public education. We endorse smaller class sizes, quality teachers and more involved parents just like the ousted IPS board members.  (...more)

How do I know what a good test looks like?

— Many people think a computer test is "more standardized," and therefore more fair than an old-fashioned pencil and paper test. That's a misconception. Differences in the age of the computer, the brand, speed, monitor size, display, sound, and other tech attributes can make a difference in student performance. Some readers may find this page visually difficult to read and understand, just as some kids will find the test format and instructions difficult to read and understand. That doesn't begin to take into consideration the range of dexterity and computer skills kids bring to the test.  (...more)

Rotten Apples?

— I think I do know TIME's motive, and unlike many employed educators, I have nothing to lose by speaking my mind. The intent of the TIME cover is to implant the BAD TEACHER message into the American psyche. As Vergara copycat lawsuits against teacher tenure wind their way through our court system, parents and the public will be reminded in a myriad of ways just how bad teachers are. The "bad teachers are impossible to fire" meme will become prolific with periodic boosts from major media outlets and the incessant mimicking via social media. Members of an uninformed, unduly influenced public will far outnumber the educated few who will be powerless to stop this billionaire scheme. Unless we all become wise to this scam, the teaching profession and our publicly owned, publicly governed, publicly beloved schools are doomed. They will become the property of the wealthy elite.   (...more)

The Gates Foundation Education Reform Hype Machine and Bizarre Inequality Theory

— This comic accompanies a two-year long Truthout supported series illustrating the education reform debate from an alternative perspective, both ideologically and visually.   (...more)

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