Monday, February 18, 2013

Susan Ohanian Update

Confiscated Plan Books Languish in Death Valley Repository
NOTE: The product below is gluten-free; contains no peanuts, pesticides, or growth-enhancing hormones. However, exposure to sensitive content may cause rapid heartbeat, dizziness, blurred vision, rash, seizure, or temper tantrum.

by Susan Ohanian

Death Valley--At 282 feet (86 m) below sea level in the Mohave Desert, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation maintains the Substation for Confiscated Lesson Plans. It is a secure site that bears all the marks of a prison: high stone walls topped with concertina wire, uniformed guards shouting into walkie-talkies, forsaken teachers pacing the compound's edge, waiting for a sign of hope.

Jennie Worthsome, 15-year-veteran kindergarten teacher, waited as Foundation officials reviewed the seizure of her lesson plans twenty-three months ago. Ms. Worthsome's planbook indicated time for fingerpainting.
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_news.php?id=892

http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_cartoons.php?id=855

George posted this Eggplant--with funny illustration--and better headline:
http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=4002&section=Article

Forgive me, I've read it half a dozen times and still think it's funny. Hey, if you don't enjoy your own writing, then it's time to shut up.

Warning to Put on So-Called Education News
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_cartoons.php?id=856

Compare Tarantino Body Count with Gates Foundation Body Count
http://susanohanian.org
/show_nclb_cartoons.php?id=854

Occupy Kindergarten
http://susanohanian.org/cartoon_fetch.php?id=723

I ordered this T-shirt. It comes in every color imaginable.

The Rich Really Are Different
http://susanohanian.org/cartoon_fetch.php?id=722

Even Radiologists Miss the Gorilla in the Room
http://susanohanian.org/cartoon_fetch.php?id=720

Our Tax Dollars at Work Creating Huge Teacher Memory Hole
http://susanohanian.org/cartoon_fetch.php?id=719

I'm late in discovering Doug Martin's remarkable work:          The Truth Behind The Project School Closing: The Indiana Corporate School Complex. It was a bear to post with all the valuable hot links and having to rekey all the diacritical marks. Whine. Whine. Having done the work, I've posted it in two places--as Outrage of the Day and as Research Worth Reading. When you'll see why. Think about the work it took to dig up all this information, and here I sit griping about the work to post it.

Susan

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STEM as Vermont's urban myth?
William Mathis
Vermont Digger
2013-02-18
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=423

Yes, it says 'Vermont' in the headline but this is a piece EVERYONE needs to read.  Read and send to media, school boards, etc.

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Former education commissioner blasts Common Core process — update
Valerie Strauss and  Robert Scott
Washington Post Answer Sheet
2012-02-13
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=422

Former Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott spills the beans about being asked to sign on to the Common Core before the standards were written. He's on the stump in various states fighting the Common core. In Kansas, he teamed up with Sandra Stotsky.

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Strike for America: The CTU and the Democrats
Micah Uetricht

2013-02-17
http://susanohanian.org/show_commentary.php?id=1074

The Chicago Teachers Union can teach the rest of the country an important lesson. . . if they have the guts to learn from it. The article documents  the corrupt neoliberal education policies of the democratic party.

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Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching
Steve Kolowich
The Chronicle: Wired Campus
2013-02-18
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1520

LOTS of students drop out of MOOCs. Here's a story about a professor who dropped out mid-course.

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‘This American Life’ Looks at a High School Marooned in Violence
David Carr
NY Times Media Decoder blog
2012-02-15
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1519

Here's a strong piece about a strong program from This  American Life. Don't miss either!

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The Truth Behind The Project School Closing: The Indiana Corporate School Complex
Doug Martin
Common Errant
2012-07-21
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1518

You'll find below a meticulous documentation of 'Follow the Money'. It documents a horrendous corporate takeover of community schools and community values.

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Popular Public School Loses Out to Charter School for Space in Harlem
Jeff Mays
DNA Info: NY Neighborhood News
2012-02-13
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1517

The New York DOE gives Harlem space to charter with deep pockets instead of progressive public school with proven track record.

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The State of the Union: an old fartish complaint
Doug Henwood
LBO News: Insta-punditry on Political Economy
2012-02-15
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1516

Henwood takes a look at the reading levels of presidential state of the union addresses.

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Why wealthy foreigners invest in U.S. charter schools
Valerie Strauss
Washington Post Answer Sheet
2012-02-15
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1515

It turns out that super-rich foreigners are forking over big money to American charters.

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Foundations Fund National Education Reform Program at UK
Press Release
University of Kentucky
2012-02-11
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1514

This is a love (of money) fest--everybody clapping everybody else on the back.

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Occupy Kindergarten
Susan Ohanian

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http://susanohanian.org/show_yahoo.php?id=802

Every teacher should occupy her/his own classroom.

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The Truth Behind The Project School Closing: The Indiana Corporate School Complex
Doug Martin
Common Errant
2012-02-08
http://susanohanian.org/show_research.php?id=512

Here is a meticulous documentation of 'Follow the Money.' It documents a horrendous corporate takeover of community schools and community values.

It shows what's likely coming to your community next.

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Confiscated  Plan Books Languish in Death Valley Repository
Susan Ohanian
blog
2013-02-18
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_news.php?id=892

I can't help myself.

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