Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Susan O Comes Packing

A midweek treasure trove from Susan, an original refusenik.
My hope is that one day soon, this will be the mantra of teachers as well as students:
http://susanohanian.org/cartoon_fetch.php?id=1000

Refuse
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_cartoons.php?id=1077

Another cartoon:
http://susanohanian.org/cartoon_fetch.php?id=999

I'm so ticked that I didn't get a copy of the book for which I wrote a chapter that I'm posting the chapter here. In it I take on academics, the press in general and the NY Times in particular. As you will see if you read it, people who write chapters to accommodate the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation receive $30,000 and up. Yes, for one chapter.

http://susanohanian.org/show_commentary.php?id=1207

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Why some students are refusing to take the Common Core test
John Merrow with Ohanian comment
PBS NewsHour
2015-03-11
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=790

This NewsHour segment moderated by John Merrow featuring New Jersey OptOuts is worth watching. I provide transcript here.

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5 Crappy things about the PARCC
Julie Vassilatos
ChicagoNow
2015-03-06
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=787

Read this and ask yourself why any parent--or teacher--would inflict Common Core testing on children they care about.



And for whose well-being they accept responsibility.

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Digital Learning Companies Falling Short of Student Privacy Pledge
Natasha Singer with Ohanian comment
New York Times
2015-03-06
http://susanohanian.org/data.php?id=582

Cambium's data security called into question. If a child I cared about came home with an assignment to do anything associated with Cambium products, I'd worry a whole lot in addition to data security.
 
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When a Public Intellectual Speaks Out But No One Hears Her, Does She Exist?
Susan Ohanian

2015-03-08
http://susanohanian.org/show_commentary.php?id=1207

This is a book chapter in which I take on the press and assorted academics.

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To the editor
Bruce Chadwick
New York Times
0000-00-00
http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1751

The New York Times publishes some criticism of standardized testing.

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Hedge fund executives give 'til it hurts to politicians, especially Cuomo, to get more charter schools
Juan Gonzalez
New York Daily News
2015-03-11
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1933

Here's documentation of Andrew Cuomo's big bucks ties to charter school lobbyists.

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Stop Spying on Wikipedia Users
Jimmy Wales and Lila Tretikov
New York Times
2015-03-10
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1932

Wikipedia is filing a lawsuit against the National Security Agency to protect the rights of the 500 million people who use Wikipedia every month.
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