Sunday, January 24, 2021

ICYMI: Bernie Meme Week Edition (1/24)

I'm not a huge fan of pomp, but I do love a good meme explosion, and I'm fond of getting government out of the hands of people who actively, purposefully try to make it fail, so all in all, not a bad week.

Before the list, let me give you your semi-regular reminder that sharing stuff is powerful. It makes bloggers think, "Hey, I'm actually reaching people" and it makes news organizations think, "Hey, we should do more coverage like this." So if something here speaks to you, pass it on!

How education embedded inequity 

In IAI News, Cristina Groeger looks at the much-beloved notion that more education will fix our equity and poverty problems and determines that, no, actually it does the opposite. \

Betsy DeVos and the Politics of Fear

One of the best DeVos post-mortem out there. At Salon, from friend-of-the-institute and historian Adam Laats.

Biden Ed Department Looks To Ditch College Accreditor

Yeah, the one with the big rubber stamp that accredited, among other scams, a "university" with no faculty or students. We could probably go ahead and shut those guys down.

To Sleep, Perchance to Sue...

Blue Cereal Education takes us back to the not-so-long-ago court case that tested the notion that a religious school can hire and fire teachers at will, even for reasons that would be illegal for any other organization. 

William Franz Public School--A Must-Read for Those Who Think They Know New Orleans  

The indispensable Mercedes Schneider looks at a book that chronicles an important chapter of New Orleans education (and it might look familiar to a few other locales as well).

Gov. Bill Lee to Sacrifice Third Graders to Help Him in 2024  

Tennessee is excited about joining the states that use third graders as fodder for firing up test numbers to create the illusion of success. Schools Matter looks at the story, and you can find more from Andy Spears at Tennessee Education Report.

Yes, some charter schools do cherry pick their students. It's not a myth.

At The Answer Sheet, Kevin Welner pops in to lay out what the research shows about cherry-picking of students by charters. Spoiler alert: they do.

Joe Biden has a golden opportunity to strengthen public education.

Jeff Bryant at Alternet with an optimistic take on what the Biden administration could do next.

America's education story in a pandemic anecdote 

John Warner at Inside Higher Ed, pointing out some parallels between the handling of the pandemic and the treatment of public ed.

Schools Are Not Props for a Hollywood Production  

Francine Matthews-Flores is a mother of a son in the LAUSD system, and she has seen some ugly stuff pulled to promote charter schools. Waring--if you are a Kristen Bell fan, this story will make you sad.

GPT-3 is the world's most powerful bigotry generator 

Oh, look. The AI program that does such magical work with fake language use also turns out to generate a lot of bigotry. 

Should charter school board members follow state ethics rules?

Kate Royals writes in Mississippi Today on a question that you might have thought had obvious answers. But no-- in Mississippi, there are charter operators and advocates arguing that ethics rules shouldn't apply to charter boards. Because reasons.

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