I posted a little piece over at Schools Matter:And send Susan a contribution for her work:
Bill and Melinda Gates Money at Work. It shows how Josh Edelman of Stand for Children is pushing Common Core
I'm sending the 'Offering Gov Scott help' piece again because Paula Meyer wrote such a terrific letter to Scott. Go forth and do likewise.
The Eggplant is back.
Drumroll Please: An ABC of Common Core Resistance
I've compiled a state-by-state list of sites set up specifically to oppose the Common Core. It sure makes me wonder: Where are the progressives?
Common Core: A Lesson Plan for Raising Up Compliant, Non-Thinking Citizens
John W. Whitehead
Indoctrination through compliance is a major danger of the Common Core. Train kids from preK to be obedient responders who follow directions.
Offering Gov Scott help: Are Progressives Up to the Task?
6 reporters & editorialists
Tampa Bay Times, Orlando Sentinel, & Miami Herald
There is a commonality about coverage of the Common Core from three Florida newspapers. Reading all this commentary and reporting from three papers coverage of Gov. Scott's action will test progressivist Common Core opponents' willingness to parse their categories of good guys and bad guys. Question: Are you up to the task? I suggest a way to help Gov. Scott out of this mess.
The Two Faces of American Education
We needed a review of the serious issues Diane Ravitch addresses, and we didn't get it. What we got was a soft approach toward Rhee's self-congratulation and. . . sparse treatment of the essential issues Ravitch raises.
I've subscribed to The New York Review of Books since their inception. I don't know when I've been more disappointed in a review.
To the editor
Greenville News (SC)
Stephen Krashen is librarians' greatest advocate, as we all should be.
A Report Card on Education Reform
New York Times
Duncan sticks to his script. Head of Business Roundtable unwittingly reveals what is fundamentally wrong with ed deform.
Crazy White House Proposal: Rank Colleges Based On How Much Graduates Earn
Team Obama wants to turn higher education into yet another financial instrument, thus proving they can ruin education preK-infinity.
New York Times Declares Bill Gates Unfit for Microsoft Leadership Role
New York Times Deal B%%k
Bill Gates' many talents don't include effectiveness as chairman.
LAUSD halts home use of iPads for students after devices hacked
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles school officials are in a panic because LAUSD students have figured out how to bypass security restrictions on iPads issued to them by the school district, giving them access to non-scholastic Internet sites.
I say good for the students.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and US Department of Education Join Hands to Announce Operation STOP
It's The Eggplant. Proceed at your own risk.
Order the CD of the resistance:
"No Child Left Behind? Bring Back the Joy."
To order online (and hear samples from the songs)
Other orders: Send $15 to
P. O. Box 26
Charlotte, VT 05445