Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday With Susan O

Weekend reading.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Yesterday morning I got up early and peeled and pared 20 pounds of apples and then took them to the Senior Center and made apple cobbler. That was a whole lot more fun than reading the articles for today's posting.
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What the Feds Did with Your Dollar in 2014:

Dismiss What Insults Your Own Soul

How YouTube, Big Data and Big Brands Mean Trouble For Kids and Parents
Jeff Chester
As I read this article, all I could think about is that when Pearson and Google team up, childhood is over.

Taking the Fall in Atlanta
Richard Rothstein       with Ressiger and Merrow comment
Economic Policy Institute blog
Rothstein gives evidence of a truth nobody else dares speak: Because it causes less harm to students, the cheating done by Atlanta teachers may be more ethical than the more commonplace forms of corruption.

A teacher's confession: Why I quit
Deanna Lyles

 A National Board Certified teacher of 23 years experience states very directly why she quit.

Why the conventional wisdom on schooling is all wrong
Marion Brady

Standardized tests are sideshows on the periphery of effective schooling because they can't evaluate original thought, without which humankind can't adapt to continuous change and survive.

An Editor in Search of Activism and Justice

I share a letter I received in 2001 and why it relates to our current situation.

To the editor
Kalin Jordan  and  Lindsey Berger
Wall Street Journal
Comments to this letter at the Wall Street Journal site are vicious. Not surprisingly, nobody applauds the writers.

Letters to Presidents: Is Anyone There?
Ralph Nader
Huffington Post
The right to petition your government implies some possibility of learning whether the petition arrived and whether it will receive notice. But Nader shows that now any communication to the White House is crying in the wilderness.

Block that Metaphor: Life Isn't a Playing Field
Susan Ohanian
Taking a look at the level-playing-field attempt to hoodwink a gullible public.

Familiar Lesson of Science Give: Government Looks to Philanthropy to Get Stuff Done
L. S. Hall with Ohanian documetation
 Inside Philanthropy
Philanthropists pay the piper so of course they call the tune.

The Lost Children of Katrina
 Katy Reckdahl
The Atlantic
A decade after Katrina, poor black kids who were in New Orleans still grapple with the effects of missed schooling and mass displacement.

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