Here's some readings for the week. I'll say it again-- not everyone has time to write about education, but you've got the five seconds it takes to pass something along on twitter or facebook. Spread the word. Build the audiences.
Pence: Black Is White
Sheila Kennedy on the Pencian habit of setting truth and reality aside in the pursuit of privatization.
Who Can Say What 20 Years of PA Charter Schools Have Taught Us?
Philly paper takes a look a twenty years of charter not-so-success in Pennsylvania.
Big Philanthropy, Small Change
The Have You Heard podcast takes a look at philanthropy in education, and its tendency to make the same dumb, destructive mistakes over and over again.
The History and Future of Learning Objects and Intelligent Machines
Nobody is better than Audrey Watters at drawing the lines between the cold, hard specifics of ed tech and the bigger ideas and issues behind them. If you only read one item on the list, make it this one.
Betsy DeVos Back to School Message Clashes with What Parents Want
Jeff Bryant looks at how DeVos's goals fail to line up with what we know parents want from schools.
Sacrificing on the Altar of Correctness
John Warner looks at one more bad ed tech product, and finds one more set of sacrifices of real education being made at the altar of correctness.
How Meeting the Needs of All Learners Can Perpetuate White Supremacy
Mr. Anders on is one more teacher disappointed by his districts start-of-year non-response to the issues raised by Charlotte.
Questions as Invitations, Not Interrogations
Speaking of the altar of correctness, Russ Walsh with a short but incisive look at the role of questions in either opening a class up or shutting students down.
Robots Replacing Teachers? Laugh at Your Own Risk
Emily Talmadge with a chilling story from California and a school without a sixth grade teacher
Standardized Tests Are So Bad I Can't Answer These Questions About MY Own Poems
This is a re-run, but as we enter the start of the first testing season, here's a reminder about how absurd these tests are. A poet discovers her own poems used on a standardized test-- and that she can't correctly answer the test questions. A classic.