Education Reform

Resignation, Red Tape, Renewal

I am voluntarily    X Resigning as an employee of the Aurora Public Schools for the following reasons: My position at Jewell was eliminated. In addition, Jewell no longer is a healthy working environment (for teachers or students) and I would not be able to work there unless we were able to return to our… Read more »

Dear Wisconsin Democrats: 

I am desperate and have a simple request. As the November elections slowly approach please do not to put forth another status quo education agenda that just bitches about funding and then promotes ESSA (new Federal law Every Student Succeeds Act) with it’s new round of state level accountability and testing. The coming of ESSA (despite… Read more »

The Trump U. Treatment. By Emily Talmage

The original post can be found at: Save Maine Schools Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform from the Great State of Maine First: this is not a defense of Donald Trump or his now infamous Trump University.  Trump University was probably a scam (did anyone really think it wasn’t going to be?), and we deserve to… Read more »

Colorado and Relay: Continued Blank Space. Guest Post by Peggy Robertson

In case you didn’t know it, Colorado tax payer dollars are being spent this weekend for educational leaders in Colorado to fly to New York for another session with non-educators at Relay fake graduate school. They will learn more scripted material to bring back to Colorado to inflict upon teachers and children – further diminishing… Read more »

The Response to Relay taking over Colorado? Silence! Guest post by Peggy Robertson

One of the greatest education news stories of the year occurred a week ago here in Colorado and it was untold. This is the story of a fake graduate program getting approved by the Colorado Commission of Higher Education. CCHE has approved that non-educators trained by non-educators can be “certified” teachers who are in charge… Read more »

33 year old Charter Czar in Wisconsin to be paid $93,000.00 from public funds to PRIVATIZE schools.

This morning in MADISON.COM the headline was Gary Bennett, new ‘charter czar,’ pledges collaboration with district, downplays competition. Gary Bennett wants to assure you he’s not out to destroy the Madison School District. The former legislative staffer leads the new Office of Educational Opportunity at the University of Wisconsin System. That makes him the unofficial… Read more »

Check out Rebel Teacher Blog!

Introduction Welcome to Rebel Teacher, a blog that explores how the educational system works to perpetuate society’s status quo.  It encourages everyday teachers, students, parents and community members to challenge the  dominant paradigms of capitalism, imperialism, racial and gender oppression. The job of the educational system in any society is to reproduce the values of… Read more »

Relay Leadership School: No Pedagogy, No Humanity, No Democracy. Guest post by Peggy Robertson.

I teach in a Relay Leadership School. 26 days left. If you do what Relay wants, you cannot, simply cannot, give any true time, energy, or credence to true pedagogy, inquiry or issues of equity and diversity and democracy. It’s not possible if you are standardized down to the most regimented target followed by success… Read more »

The Enemy of my Enemy is NOT my Friend!

Why do we care if Lamar Alexander gave John King the smackdown? Has Alexander all of a sudden become some kind of public school super hero? No! He has as much disdain for public schools as any of the democratic reformers—especially King. Wake up people. Cheering for a different enemy of public education is still cheering… Read more »

It’s Opt Out Season: Let the Bullying Begin.

It must be opt out season. How do I know? Child abuse is rampant. It is abuse when you threaten a child with false consequences to make them and their parents submit to a meaningless standardized test. Using fear to elicit behavior is abuse. However, for some reason adults in schools seem to have no… Read more »