Category Archives: International Comparative

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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At Shanker: Are Americans (and Texans) as Stupid as the Media Tells Us We Are?

The media onslaught letting Americans know that they are dunces has gone on for decades. How stupid are we? You might be surprised that the news about our public education system in the United States is not actually as bad as you have been led to believe… Last week I travelled to Washington D.C. to participate in the Reclaiming the Promise of

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Billionaires co-opt minority groups into campaign for education reform

Under the mantra of civil rights, billionaires such as Eli Broad, Bill Gates and the Koch Brothers and the powerful corporate-funded lobby group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are using venture philanthropy and the political process to press for school reforms in the United States. The ongoing Vergara law case in California in which nine students are suing the state over teacher tenure

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