Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday with Susan O

Susan compiles some good weekend reading to snuggle up with.
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There are several new cartoons in each category. I'm tired and invite you to go to the cartoon index and click on links.
http://www.susanohanian.org/cartoons_index.html

Then you can do the same thing in NCLB cartoons:
http://www.susanohanian.org/show_nclb_cartoons.php

There are also new quotes, some of which offer excerpts from Bob Herbert's new book, a book well worth reading.

Quotes
http://www.susanohanian.org/quotes.php

My husband and I don't talk much about education outrage. By the time I do research for what I post, I'm tired of it all. But tonight, we talked about Philip Kovacs' son's kindergarten experience. I brought it up because my husband failed the kindergarten DIBELS test. You can read more about it below.
One of the posts below provoked a fight on Twitter.

So it goes.

Susan

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Partners for Corporatiziing Schools: Naming Names
compiled by Susan Ohanian
blog
2015-02-19
http://susanohanian.org/data.php?id=580

The corporate mantra: Assess, assess, assess.

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Uncovering Security Flaws in Digital Education Products for Schoolchildren
Natasha Singer with Ohanian Comment
New York Times
2015-02-09
http://susanohanian.org/data.php?id=578

The companies that profited from Reading First are finding new money in digital learning--and still putting students at risk.

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To the editor
Stephen Krashen, USC Professor Emeritus
Los Angeles Times
2015-02-17
http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1745

This is one terrific letter.

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To the editor
Stephen Krashen
Atlanta Journal Constitution
2015-02-09
http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1744

Krashen points out that there's no special merit in finishing high school or college in a pre-determined time frame and I tell a personal story.

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To the editor
Don Perl
Greeley Tribune
2015-02-04
http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1743

Speaking from a position of knowledge, Don Perl rebuts policy analyst at the Independence Institute.

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Is There School Today?
Philip Kovacs
Huffington Post
2015-02-19
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1926

Strategy is a good word. Read this post to find out why.

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US Department of Education Funds  Jazzed-Up Worksheets as Innovation
Susan Ohanian
blog
2015-02-19
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1925

The piece under discussion, traveling as education reporting from Hechinger, reads like a PR statement from the company selling the product under discussion.

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Broad Foundation suspends $1-million prize for urban public school districts, claiming real public schools are a complete failure and all-charter districts are the answer
George Schmidt  & Ohanian &  Howard Blume
Substance News and Los Angeles Times
2015-02-08
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1924

We could wish that axing of the Broad Prize might reduce the use of nomenclature of 'providers' and 'stakeholders' and other corporate
nomenclature such as calling children 'clients.


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Which Washington Think Tank Do Billionaires Love the Most? And Why?
David Callahan
Inside Philanthropy
2015-02-05
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1923

A summary of who backs American Enterprise Institute.

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Racing to College
Susan Ohanian
blog
2015-02-06
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1922

Poor six-year-olds are directed to forgo childhood and fill out college applications. Rich kids have makeovers at spa parties and go home to their $200,000 princess bedrooms. And Bob Herbert offers a call to arms.

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The Heavy Hitters Behind a Fund Focused on K-12 Blended Learning
L.S. Hall
Inside Philanthropy
2015-02-05
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1921

Look at who's pushing blended learning, the latest strategy to dump teachers.

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Why Inside Higher Ed Faces a Dubious Future
blog
Academe
2015-01-25
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1920

Some folk are figuring out it's more cost effective to buy up publications than to advertise in them.

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 Department of Good Stuff
Sam Smith
Undernews
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http://susanohanian.org/show_yahoo.php?id=875

Veteran political analyst chooses 'good stuff' in journalism and education.

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