Saturday, December 7, 2013

Susan Ohanian's Saturday Morning Special

New Cartoon:
Found in a Standards-Struck Classroom

This one received so much comment, I'll mention it again.
Teacher Contemplating Common Core

You won't want to miss Duncan's recent remarks:

I'm clearing my head tonight with a performance by classical guitarist, Xuefei Yang. I don't know how she did on PISA.


Drinking the Technology-Enhanced Kool-aid
Susan Ohanian

Quick! Somebody tell PARCC how much highlighters cost.

Hey, There, Listen Up
Susan Ohanian

Is anybody listening?

It's official: No PARCC field tests for Florida
Jeffrey S. Solochek
Tampa Bay Times

The Tampa Bay Times has been a vigorous cheerleader from the Common Core. There have been no editorials yet on this new wrinkle.

To the editor
Stephen Krashen
San Francisco Chronicle

Yes! We must say it again and again: Poverty. Poverty. Poverty.

What’s Good For Bill Gates Turns Out To Be Bad For Public Schools
David Morris
Common Dreams

Morris makes an especially important point ignored by the press: To qualify for Obama Race to the  Top Grants states had to march in step with Gates policies

The Gates Foundation's Hypocritical Investments
Alex Park and Jaeah Lee
Mother Jones

Contrasting what Bill Gates says with where the Foundation invests its money.

The Googlization of the Far Right: Why is Google Funding Grover Norquist, Heritage Action and ALEC?
Nick Surgey
Center for Media and Democracy: PR Watch

Google, the tech giant supposedly guided by its 'don't be evil' motto, has been funding a growing list of groups advancing the agenda of the Koch brothers.

A Teacher Looks a Gift Horse in the Mouth
Sean Black  to John Stossel
letter exchange

Sean Black explains why he's refusing Stossel's special offer to educators.
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
Susan Ohanian
P. O. Box 26
Charlotte, VT 05445

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