Education Reform

The Great Recession did not cause the “Teacher Shortage.” THIS IS WAR!

By now you have probably heard about the “teacher shortage.”  You may have also heard that simple supply and demand economics and the Great Recession can easily explain the “teacher shortage” phenomenon. However, let’s be honest. We don’t have a teacher shortage! We have an exceedingly high casualty rate from the War on Teachers! In… Read more »

If Every Child Achieves Student Success we’re Screwed!

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed in 1965 as one of the pillars of the War on Poverty and was a major progressive victory.  It recognized that inequitable funding of our public schools created disastrous learning conditions for children and families in poverty.  Therefore this simple piece of legislation attempted to equalize school… Read more »

SPECIAL BustED Pencils Trending News: Jesse = 400 miles

  SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL Jesse “The Walking Man” Turner has ARRIVED Walked 400 miles from CT to D.C.! Children are more than a test score http://www.badassteacher.org/ Dear Jesse, Congratulations, um, proud of you and respect what you are doing, what you did and what you continue… Read more »

BustED Pencils Trending News: 3 to go; “Avoidable” he says; Only one; Reconstituted; Hate school

  Jesse Turner‎Children are more than test scores 1 hr · Three miles from DC, three miles to turn this candle into a fire of humanity that takes back childhood for 53 million children being abused by the inhumane policies of test and punish. I have been on this road long enough that my every… Read more »

Why BustED Pencils does not support the Senate’s ESEA rewrite!

As was noted today in EdWeek, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan applauded the Senate’s passage of the ESEA rewrite. He particularly touted provisions in the bill that would give states more flexibility from NCLB’s “one-size-fits-all federal mandates” and those that would reduce the burden of testing on classroom time. Duncan also cheered language in the… Read more »

Guess what? I went to a “Tea Party” today!

Once again, in case you’ve been living under a rock—to celebrate the 4th of July and America’s independence from tyrants—Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Republican party thought the people in Wisconsin were getting tired of translucent government and used the budget process to declare legislative discussions to be “free” from public scrutiny. Surprisingly, (to Walker… Read more »

Wisconsin’s Attack on Freedom.

Can it get any worse in Wisconsin?  I guess the answer to that question is it can always get worse.  I mean at this point we’re only restricting local taxpayers’ freedom to self govern their community schools.  Politicians are only restricting citizens’ freedom to new knowledge?  Corporations are only restricting academics’ freedom to have research agendas… Read more »

Is it time to start using the F Word in Wisconsin?

No not that one. This one—FASCISM. (sometimes initial capital letter) a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism. At this point in time we don’t have a dictator. So scratch that. However, we are witnessing the “suppression of opposition… Read more »

Silly White Suburbanites, School Closings ARE for YOU TOO!

MADISON, Wis. – A sweeping proposal giving control of the lowest-performing schools in Milwaukee to a commissioner who could fire all the teachers and administrators might also apply to other large, racially diverse school districts in Wisconsin, including Madison. The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, approved the overhaul plan for Milwaukee. The… Read more »

Without the TEST how will we know?

Now that opt out season is coming to a close and schools have moved on to field days and violating copyright laws by showing Disney movies in classrooms there is an interesting conversation emerging here in Wisconsin. What happens if the common core test (the Badger test) we gave isn’t scored? Seriously!  In Wisconsin we… Read more »