Schools vs. Slogans
This is the inaugural essay in a new series of bimonthly pieces on the politics of education byNation editorial board member Pedro Noguera.
This piece, which is curiously "soft" on Obama/Duncan, reflects the reluctance of progressives to make an out-and-out assault on the Obama/Duncan policy. Instead of offering analysis of how this administration is tied to a corrupt corporate plan to deprofessionalize teachers, to force a nationalized curriculum into the schools, to further segregate the rich from the poor, and so on, Noguera posits his criticism around "failure to use sound research" for its "policy direction."
This suggestion that the "right research" will put Obama/Duncan on the right path would be laughable if it weren't so disingenuous. Rather than suggesting that Obama/Duncan choose different schools as models for "scaling up," Noguera would do well to read Richard Rothstein. If raising test scores is our goal, then get the lead out, fix kids' teeth, and give them an iron fortified breakfast. No matter how many fourth graders pass the standardized test, it won't increase the minimum wage.
Mathematician's Lament is a MUST read. It gets to the core of what education--
in all subjects--is about.
And does this with such grace and witKrashen's letter to Time Magazine is also a MUST read because he
provides a deft summary
of the issue that you can--and must--use in your own letters.A belated thank you to the contributor in Sanger, CA.Susan\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\The Overscheduled ChildJeannette CatsoulisNew York Times2010-09-10Kudos to the NY Times for reviewing Race to Nowhere, a must-see film.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\A Mathematician's LamentPaul Lockhart2010-09-11This is MUST READ.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\Food Sovereignty . . . and Education Sovereignty TooR. G. Davis, with Ohanian comments2010-09-04R. G. Davis is on the mark and his commentary on food sovereignty
offers strong parallels with the way so-called education activists divert
people from doing something to change the crisis we face in the schools.
I urge you to read this one.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\To the editorStephen KrashenTime Magazine2009-09-11As the media keeps reporting those claims that roll off Standardisto tongues,
we must be grateful to Stephen Krashen, who doesn't let them get away with it.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\Fighting Closure: A Report from William H. Maxwell HSSeung OKEd Notes Online2010-09-10\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\Outsiders get a view of Memphis City Schools' visionJane RobertsCommercial Appeal2010-09-11\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\Marked absent: Many Oregon students will do without music and art classesKimberly MeltonThe Oregonian2010-10-06\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\Who gets to speaks about what schools need? Race to the Top and
the Bill Gates ConnectionSusan OhanianExtra!2010-09-08Here is an article about who gets quoted in the press.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\Incredibly Sexy Standards Developer Dies, Smothered by DictionariesstaffThe Eggplant2010-09-05Not quite a standard obituary.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\The neoliberal bait-and-switchDavid Sirotasyndicated column2010-09-10Sirota takes a stab at exposing the Great Education Myth promulgated by
neoliberals.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\Schools vs. SlogansPedro NogueraThe Nation2010-09-27This suggestion that the right research will put Obama/Duncan on the
right path would be laughable if it weren't so disingenuous.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\What Passes for School Reform: Value-AddedTeacher Evaluation and
Other AbsurditiesAlfie KohnHuffington Post2010-09-09Alfie calls LA Times and Newsweek unconscionable. And more.