Comforting The Afflicted And Afflicting The Comfortable

The drive to narrow the focus of education by reducing it to test-taking focused almost exclusively on literacy and mathematics, things that are easily measured, while pushing aside the more uncomfortable disciplines like art, philosophy, and the humanities has accelerated over the past couple decades. The comfortable are disturbed by...

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What’s Good For Bill Gates Turns Out To Be Bad For Public Schools

David Morris On the Commons http://onthecommons.org/magazine/what%E2%80%99s-good-bill-gates-turns-out-be-bad-public-schools And, actually, bad for Microsoft too, as we learned recently Schools have a lot to learn from business about how to improve performance, declared Bill Gates in an Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. He pointed to his own company as a worthy...

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Are Americans Dumb? No, It’s the Inequality, Stupid

Sadhbh Walshe The Guardian/UK http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/09/americans-dumb-oecd-study-test-scores Are Americans dumb? This is a question that has been debated by philosophers, begrudging foreigners and late night TV talk show hosts for decades. Anyone who has ever watched the Tonight Show’s “Jaywalking” segment in which host Jay Leno stops random passersby and asks them...

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6 Ways Neoliberal Education Reform May Be Destroying a College Near You

Owen Davis AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/education/6-ways-neoliberal-education-reform-may-be-destroying-college-near-you?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark This past August at the State University of New York, Buffalo, President Obama made a familiar offer: “major new reforms,” this time in higher education, “that will shake up the current system.” The New York Times described it as a plan “to shame universities into holding down prices.”...

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