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Do You Want To Save Public Education in America?

Here at BustED Pencils the answer to that question is a BIG HELL YEAH! And for us that means continuing to host interviews with the makers, shakers, punkers, visionaries, and ass kicking individuals taking the fight to corporate education reform. And for the last 3 years we have done our best to deliver on that… Read more »

Teacher Shortage My Arse!

Yesterday I was interviewed on the Rick Smith show.  Rick asked me to explain the national “teacher shortage.”  And I said. … LISTEN!    

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 »

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