Category Archives: International Comparative

Teach For America exported and going Global!

Did you know that Teach For America is being exported worldwide? Truth For America is a podcast about Teach For America (TFA) that provides voice to educators, parents, students, and other key stakeholders. Truth For America is co-hosted by Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig and Dr. T. Jameson Brewer. They are joined in Episode 12 by Dr. Rolf Straubhaar, a University

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When you think of China, what comes to mind?

When you think of China, what comes to mind? Is it the Great Wall? Thousands of years of high-stakes testing? Tofu? Pollution? I experienced all of these recently when had an opportunity to give an invited talk at a think tank symposium sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education and organized by other several other organizations. This post will use a

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Police murdering teachers this week

  The international media is reporting (mainstream US news media??) Mexican police attacked teachers striking against neoliberal education reforms in the southern state of Oaxaca, killing at least eight people and leaving dozens more injured. Así los disparos de los policías federales en Nochixtlán @julioastillero @lhan55 pic.twitter.com/cOc6DvIYIt — Jorge A. Pérez (@Tte_ARto) June 19, 2016 Here is a statement from the

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Education Health ALERT!: United Nations warns GERMs spreading worldwide #NN15

The world is experiencing the spread of privatizing GERMs (Global Education Reform Movements). School “reformers” are pressing a variety of “school choice” and “market-based” policies that move the control of schools from democratic control to private control. Market-based approaches such as vouchers, charters, and parent trigger take the control of schools out of the hands of democratically elected governmental officials

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Will Market-Based Education Produce More or Less Student Uprising?

In the post, Exclusive: Students Tear Gassed By Police While Protesting School Inequality I asked Are you ready for more protests? School “reformers” have argued that the Baltimore uprising is a call for more market-based education. I argue the opposite is actually true. First, Baltimore. Then, Chile. I was involved in crafting the Network for Public Education’s response to the Baltimore Uprising. Here is our statement: The

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Film Review: Defies Measurement weaves together problematic purposes of ed reform

In Defies Measurement, Shannon Puckett expertly weaves together the problematic purposes of testing, Common Core, corporate reform, No Child Left Behind, Teach For America, The Gates Foundation, The Broad Foundation, charter schools, and privatization. The film begins with Chipman middle school and traces the inspiration and impact that the school had on a diverse groups of students over the long

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Photo Essay: Chinese School is Lesson for US Policymakers

The Chinese are serious about vocational (aka career and technical education). The United States is not. Vocational education in the United States has a long history of being used as holding bin for African American students by purposefully providing inferior education relative to traditional academic and college preparatory education. Here is a quick background on the rise of vocational education

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