Reform in science education for the past two decades is based on the ideas that American students receive an inferior education in mathematics and science, and as a result will not be able to compete for jobs in the global marketplace. In this scenario, the purpose for teaching math and science is to get a job. Standards-based reform coupled with high-stakes testing has created a model of education in which science achievement is the only worthy goal. … Read more
We Teach Science Not Because It Nurtures the Child’s Imagination, but Because It Might Help Get a Job
Using individualism in its extreme, American schools are becoming more and more un-democratic. Using the euphemism of school choice, American citizens have been told over and over that public schools are a failure, and parents should have a choice in deciding schools for their children. Charter schools are sweeping the country as the solution to the failing public schools, even though the research indicates that charters do not do as well as public school counterparts.
Henry Giroux writes that economic policies have led to a society which promotes:
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the virtues of an unbridled individualism that is almost pathological in its disdain for community, social responsibility, public values and the public good.
Is choosing a school like choosing a brand of milk in the grocery store? According to one politician, giving parents a choice in selecting schools is no different than giving them a choice in buying milk. Here is what the former Governor of Florida said about milk and charter schools:
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Everywhere in our lives, we get a chance to choose. Go down in the supermarket aisle and you will find an incredible selection of milk.
This is a letter of Thank You to the teachers of Chicago from the Teaching Georgia Writing Collective. The letter was initially posted on Maureen Downey’s Get Schooled website on the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The Teaching Georgia Writing Collective is a group of educators, parents, and concerned citizens who engage in public writing and public teaching about education in Georgia. Some goals of the collective include: 1) empowering educators to reclaim their workplace and professionalism, 2) empowering families to stand up for their children and shape the institutions their children attend each day, 3) empowering children and youth to have control over their education, and 4) enhancing the education of all Georgians.… Read more
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
There are battles raging between two large organizations and the unions that represent in one case, teachers, and in the other, referees. … Read more