So what have we found to read this week?
David Brooks and the Language of Privilege
Robert Pondiscio on how language reinforces privilege. Lots to think about here.
Massachusetts Parents United-- New Wine in Old Bottles
One thing about astro-turf, it never actually dies. And no fields grow astro-turf as lush and green as the lawns of Massachusetts. Here's the newest batch.
Betsy DeVos, Queen of Obfuscation, Talks Nonsense
Jennifer Berkshire is over at AlterNet, with a good clear look at Betsy DeVos's latest non-interview.
Field Guide To Jobs That Don't Exist Yet
That annoying stat about how 65% of the jobs our students will have do not exist yet-- it turns out to be pretty much made up. Here is a beautifully researched explanation of where that little slice of baloney came from.
Four Things Betsy DeVos Doesn't Want You To Know About EDucation Tax Credits
Dora Taylor with some important information about how those ETC really, truly work.
An Educational Scam from the 1980s Returns
We've connected the dots between personalized learning and its many antecedents, but Steven Singer reminds of it connection to that old classic, the correspondence course.
The Real Reason Your Child Is Being Psychologically Profiled at School
Emily Talmage points out one more type of data mining that may be going on at your school.
You Don't Know What You've Got
Jan Ressenger takes a look at the march of austerity and privatization.
School Reform's Hot Air Balloon
Journalist John Merrow takes a look at the unending PR push to keep DC schools looking like a success.
Digital Classrooms as Data Factories
Wrench in the Gears offers part of a series looking at the connection between social impact investing, future ready classrooms, and good old data mining.