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We are in “Deep” Doo Doo: Latest Buzz Word of Caution

(By Morna McDermott) Here it is: DEEP LEARNING It’s something we can all start following/investigating. It’s a word… like GRIT, PERSONALIZED LEARNING, CHOICE, and 21st c LEARNING…words that are code for corporate colonization… meet “deep learning.” About Deeper Learning In a purely technical (near indecipherable) way, it can be defined: As a set of Machine… Read more »

Why So Emotional???

Emotions are running high these days due to ESSA opportunity. If the powers that be get their way, they will steer these emotions right where they want them, into the hands of the .01%. Don’t believe me?  Let’s do our best to get up to speed. But I have to tell you, two pots of… Read more »

Grit + Technology + Eugenics = A Recipe for Profit and Control

By Morna McDermott HOW RACIST IS GRIT? READ ON The Eugenicists of the 19th and 20th centuries used “science” and ideologies of “progress” to establish, and perpetuate racist, and classicist, diagnostic practices; notably via standardized testing. Most creators of standardized testing were members of the Eugenics movements- so it follows that as standardized testing is… Read more »

Opt Out is DEAD

In its current form. Did I get your attention? Good. Because right now I feel like I back peddled five years ago to the time when several of us started an FB page to create opt out guides/resources for each state. At that time, we/opt outers were mocked, ignored, and ostracized. Lots of big wig… Read more »

Education and the Gritty American Student

“Were these magic grits? I mean, did you buy them from the same guy who sold Jack his beanstalk beans?”- Vinny Gambini Ahhh…. grit. The magic elixir of the corporate education reformer. That vague ideal the gritty American, able to overcome all odds through gritty perseverance. The Rooster Cogburn, all-American hero True Grit. (Did you… Read more »

More students, less money

“The great enemy of freedom is the alignment of political power with wealth. This alignment destroys the commonwealth – that is, the natural wealth of localities and the local economies of household, neighborhood, and community – and so destroys democracy, of which the commonwealth is the foundation and practical means.” -Wendell Berry The long term… Read more »

Inefficient and inequitable school construction- and how banks profit off of it

Okay, Nerd Herders- this is for you: “When you think of schools as an infrastructure project, local control presents a unique problem: it’s inefficient and inequitable.  It’s inefficient because you’re asking every local school board in the country to borrow millions of dollars to construct or renovate school buildings. Inevitably, when a tiny school board… Read more »

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