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Gary Anderson

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How Should Educators Respond to the Gun Lobby?

(21) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 8:01 PM

In the wake of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has recommended more guns in schools. They want an armed guard in every elementary school in the country. This is the same NRA that co-chaired the American Legislative Executive Council's (ALEC) Public Safely...

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Barbara Madeloni -- Presente!

(4) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 12:16 PM

Barbara Madeloni, a professor of teacher education, and 67 students at the University of Massachusetts have boycotted Pearson's attempt to use universities to pilot their newest product: a teacher evaluation system that is viewed by many as another attempt to turn teaching into a technocratic process in which a common...

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Chilean Students Show the Way

(6) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 2:07 PM

Last week, I was giving a workshop at the University of Chile in Santiago. The building that faced ours houses the Federation of Students of the University of Chile (FECH), where day after day students were giving interviews to an eager press. Camila Vallejo, the 23-year old president of the...

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Egypt and Wisconsin: Democracy is Alive and Well

(9) Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 12:21 PM

As in Egypt, American students in Wisconsin are getting an authentic education in citizenship. High stakes testing, watered down textbooks, human capital theory, and fear of controversy have gutted American education of much authentic education about American democracy. Meanwhile, in an era that seems to focus solely on reading and...

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Teachers Unions No More: Are We Prepared for the Union-Busters?

(1164) Comments | Posted December 19, 2010 | 3:32 PM

Although most of the new crop of self-described "reformers" have denied it, we've all suspected that union-busting is ultimately behind the scapegoating of teachers for turning America into a "nation at risk." But in case there was ever any doubt, New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, former DC schools chancellor, Michelle...

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Cathleen Black: Education's Sarah Palin?

(31) Comments | Posted November 28, 2010 | 2:14 PM

It was business as usual on Friday as David Steiner apparently has agreed to provide Bloomberg with the waiver he needs to appoint Cathleen Black as the new chancellor of education for New York City.

Cathleen Black is as embarrassingly ignorant of education as sure-to-be presidential candidate Sarah Palin...

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The Appointment of Cathleen Black and the Trouble with Corporate Schooling

(54) Comments | Posted November 26, 2010 | 12:54 PM

The latest episode in the corporate takeover of public schools in New York City is playing out in Mayor Bloomberg's appointment of non-educator Cathleen Black to replace Joel Klein as the city's Chancellor of Education. Black is a magazine mogul and 20-year member of the board of directors of Coca...

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