Every bit of education reform is an excuse to continue the unconscionable neglect of our children. As Pogo wisely noted, "We have met the enemy and he is us." We did this to our children and our schools.
This week on Bloomberg EDU, Eli Broad, philanthropist and founder of two Fortune 500 companies, discusses his native Detroit public schools, blended learning, school leadership and a national system for education.
Charles Blow is one of the columnists in the New York Times that I usually count on to challenge the conventional wisdom and to speak up for the powerless. Sadly, in his latest column, he parrots the conventional wisdom and voices the opinions of the elites.
Corporate "reformers" have continued to support Rhee's test-driven "reforms" and her attacks on the teaching profession. What will they do now that there is proof that Rhee and her successors turned a blind eye to cheating?
We could really use your help, Ed. The battle between Chester Upland School District and Gov. Corbett is just a glimpse into the strategic dismantling taking place across the entirety of the American public school system.
Take over these schools. Occupy them. Sit in. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We built these schools with our taxes, our labor, our commitment to students and communities. They are not just playthings for overfed business dilettantes.
There are the same key players in every city and they arrange and rearrange themselves like pawns on a chess board but they are always the same individuals and highly profitable "nonprofits" in each town.
I can't help but wonder if it isn't an intentional Catch 22 that some people are trying to trap our public schools in: setting them up to fail, making it impossible for them to be creative or independent.