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Education Imperialism in Africa Turns Nasty - Uganda Police Harass Researcher Investigating Schools with Ties to Gates, Zuckerberg, and Pearson

Alan Singer | Posted 06.13.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

European exploitation of Africa started with the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the 16th century. It continued with colonization and imperialism in the...

Common Core "Field Tests" Boycott

Alan Singer | Posted 05.23.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

NYS Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE) is calling on New York State parents to support a boycott of new high-stakes assessments being field-tested i...

What Did You Learn About Teaching, Your Students, and Yourself?

Alan Singer | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

This Sunday is graduation day at Hofstra University. Graduation days are times to celebrate and think about the things you have learned. In this post ...

Is Pearson (Mis)Education Trying to Intimidate Critic?

Alan Singer | Posted 05.09.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

In a May 2014 blog, Pearson CEO John Fallon, claimed there are "no gag orders" and teachers are free to discuss their opinions of Pearson tests. Accor...

Results Are in: Common Core Fails Tests and Kids

Alan Singer | Posted 05.02.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

The Common Core Standards were officially launched in 2009. The 2016 high school graduating class was in fifth grade. In June 2010 the final Common Core Standards were released to the public and state education agencies. The 2016 high school graduating class was in sixth grade.

Wounded Pearson (Mis)Education Targets Asia

Alan Singer | Posted 04.28.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson stockholders meet in London on Friday April 29 where management faces a revolt against its destructive attacks on public education worldwide and lousy business practices.

"Reforms" Undermine Teacher Preparation in the United States

Alan Singer | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

The secondary education student teachers I work with in New York State are in the process of completing and submitting their edTPA portfolio to Pearso...

London Next in International Campaign to Stop Pearson (Mis)Education

Alan Singer | Posted 04.21.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

**** NEWS FLASH - LATEST PEARSON TEST DEBACLE **** On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, New Jersey was forced to cancel high-stakes PARCC exams when students...

Nervous Pearson (Mis)Education Responds to Protests

Alan Singer | Posted 03.31.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson (Mis)Education faces an assault on its operations from major British and American labor union pension funds.

Overturn the Tisch Miseducation Legacy in New York

Alan Singer | Posted 03.14.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Merryl Tisch is retiring as Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents after trying to force Common Core, high-stakes testing, and teacher eval...

Pension Funds Threaten to Pull the Plug on Pearson (Mis)Education

Alan Singer | Posted 03.07.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson (Mis)Education, the British-based global "education" publishers reported a net profit increased in 2015, but that was because it sold off asse...

What Is the Purpose of Education?

Alan Singer | Posted 02.08.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

If appointed by the State Legislature to the Board of Regents, I will use my position as a platform to organize the people of New York to fight for social justice for children, in schools, and in society as a whole.

New York University Betrays Teaching and Education

Alan Singer | Posted 02.01.2016 | College
Alan Singer

I worry about the proposed NYU model because there actually are seriously flawed programs in place that it emulates. One involves charter schools hiring unqualified teachers and fast-tracking them through certification programs.

Even Santa Can't Save Pearson (Mis)Education

Alan Singer | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Potential Pearson disasters are lining up. Pearson's Stanford 10 Achievement Tests that are used by U.S. school districts to assess student learning from kindergarten through high school will be phased out by June 2016. Many states are replacing them with their own standardized exams.

New York State's Bogus Common Core Survey

Alan Singer | Posted 11.18.2015 | New York
Alan Singer

Nowhere can you vote that Common Core Standards aligned with high-stakes testing have undermined education in New York State, stressed out students and teachers, turned curriculum development over to test design companies, and transformed schools into test prep academies.

eTextbooks vs Open Textbooks: The Student Lens

Ethan Senack | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
Ethan Senack

At the end of the day, don't buy the hype. Traditionally published eTextbooks often aren't all they're cracked up to be. If we want a world where learning materials are actually effective, ac-cessible, and affordable, we need to invest in open textbooks.

Battle in Illinois Over the 'McDonaldization' of Teacher Education

Alan Singer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Just to make sure our children are processed like hamburgers, Pearson is busy using the same "process" to evaluate prospective teachers using a test called the edTPA, or Teacher Performance Assessment.

Smacking Down the Opposition: edTPA Advocacy in Illinois

Rick Ayers | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

The Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is the new set of evaluations of teacher candidates that is spreading across the country. Packag...

Pearson and Partners Pay in L.A.

Alan Singer | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In April 2015, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced that it was canceling its agreement to install Pearson software on the 40,000 Apple iPads it distributed to students at a cost of $768 each. The entire LAUSD project has been a fiasco from the start.

Education Reform Is Anti-American

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.04.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

Despite the documentation provided by Singer, Schneider, Diane Ravitch, Anthony Cody and others, charter and school choice propaganda has persuaded millions of Americans that reform is about helping children.

South Africa Teachers Union Denounces Pearson (Always Earning)

Alan Singer | Posted 09.03.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Everyone does not agree with Fallon that Pearson's burning desire is "better education." In fact many around the world suspect the company's burning desire is to maximize profits with little regard for its impact on the world's poor.

Judge Rules Latest Pearson/NYSED Test Does Not Discriminate -- So Far

Alan Singer | Posted 08.09.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

On August 7, 2015 Kimba M. Wood of Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled that the ALST, the latest rendition of the Pearson/New York State Education Department literacy test for teacher certification candidates, does not discriminate against minority group members

Another Pearson Test Fiasco in the Making

Alan Singer | Posted 08.05.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

New York State and Pearson are on the verge of another testing fiasco. I expect lawsuits to fly as testing rules on edTPA portfolios for teacher certification are changed ex post facto, or after the fact.

The End of EPGY--Or, One Fewer Common Core Escape Route

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 06.22.2016 | Education
Nicholas Tampio

A few years ago, the students at the local elementary school took an exam for admission to EPGY, a math enrichment program run by Stanford University. Our son earned admission and has subsequently worked independently on online math assignments and met monthly with other students in the program.

Teacher Certification SNAFU: Judge Rules NYS Exams are Racially Biased

Alan Singer | Posted 06.18.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

There is no foolproof way to evaluate prospective teachers or anybody else for that matter. People have bad hair days and perform below expectation. Life also interferes with work and sometimes people do not develop as expected.