Diane Ravitch, in her newest book, Reign of Error, writes that public schools are for the common good, but John Taylor Gatto argues that they were meant to serve the needs of the ruling class, by teaching the kids of lower socioeconomic classes to conform. It’s been my own experience advocating for my children [...]
I have a precocious three year old grandson. He’s what child development experts refer to as a sponge; the kind of child who learns with ease, simply because the people in his life provide him with experiences that engage him.
He loves Thomas The Train Engine books and wants to have them read to him [...]
By Don Perl from The Coalition for Better Education
“…Our billboard campaign is off the ground. We have had a few early donations to the cause and our account at the Weld Schools Credit Union is just over $1,000. The donations have come from Boulder and Greeley, Colorado. Each year we have seen more parents exempt [...]
By Angela Engel
“….As the business community delves into the complexities of education, they may want to look a little more deeply at the tests that are driving everything in education.
I was shocked to find The Fred Rogers Company trademark on PBS kid shows like Daniel Tiger and Super Why! I wonder what Fred himself would have thought of very young children watching these 3D animated shows, or playing the game versions on computer or iPad! Is it a coincidence that ‘his’ [...]
This is a screen shot of the White House petition, taken on the day before the petition ended. And to think that the petition to make the opening day of baseball season a national holiday did reach 100,000+ signatures. What does this say about us as a people?
“Worksheets don’t grow dendrites” ~ Marcia Tate
Watch and share this video by Kaydonna Wolfcale, a teacher who quit because of the rigid education reforms, and weep for all kids in public schools today!
If this example is not enough reason to sign the White House [...]
Please sign this White House petition to stop the harmful high stakes testing that robs children of meaningful learning. Then share widely to reach the required 100.000 signatures to elicit a response. Thanks!
White House petition, click here.
The future looks bleak for all of us! For all the youth that teachers still may help to think critically, there will be an ever growing number of children who will be born into poverty and/or dysfunctional families; usually the result of poverty, but not always. For those children it may very well [...]
“What happens when the Commissioner of Education comes to town? Does your local school board become more responsive to parent/teacher concerns, or LESS ? A Wappingers Falls NY mother is prohibited from giving a 20-minute Common Core speech, that she was initially granted by the schoolboard, after Commissioner King’s appearance. One board member walked out of [...]
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