The Disinformation of “Violence Prevention”

April 20, 2009 marked the tenth anniversary of the school shootings at Columbine High School and therefore it is time again to reflect on the dominant mode of thinking that informs how the society addresses what is awkwardly called “school violence.”  Below I present excerpts of a presentation made several years ago, that focuses on… Continue reading

Educational Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also known as the stimulus package, is described as having four purposes: (1) To preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; (2) To assist those most impacted by the recession; (3) To provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health;… Continue reading

Veteran Chicago Teacher & Former Director of Safety Speaks Out on the Impact of the Recession, Ducan Policies

“My speculation is that the damage this recession will do to kids’ education prospects is far more than the positive good most changes in educational policies can produce.” – EDDRA email listserv participant.* Since the research basis for our sharings here requires some credentialing, allow me to post the following as (now retired) “Director of… Continue reading

KIPP Charter School: The Violence of Bootstrapping

“From Teach for America to the KIPP charter schools to instructional innovations at colleges and universities, we have proven strategies ready to go to scale.” — Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, February 9, 2009 speaking before the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) is, according to… Continue reading

ARRA Education Funds and the Crisis of Legitimacy

Governing by Carrots and Sticks: Excerpts from U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan “If folks are playing shell games, if folks are operating in bad faith, it puts their second chance at billions of dollars in jeopardy,” he said. “We have significant carrots and sticks.” — Arne Duncan, April 15, Chicago Tribute.

On Controlling for Family Influence on Achievement

As I review Berends’ and colleagues 2008 volume Charter School Outcomes (Lawrence Erlbaum), a key assumption of Anglo-American political theory, namely that just inequality is the result of “natural distinction” (as opposed to social distinction), undergirds the authors’ efforts to improve research methods for evaluating school choice policies.

The Value of Case Study Method and Design

In one of her lasts posts as a blogger for Education Week, Jennifer Jennings (better known as Eduwonkette) argued that the development of good policy “depends on compelling answers to ‘why’ questions about both the observed effects and non-effects of policies and programs.” She emphasized that these “why” questions pertain both to the “inner workings… Continue reading

Education is A Right, Not a Dream: Obama Speech Before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

On March 10, 2009, President Obama gave a major speech before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce outlining his plans for education. During the speech, Obama emphasized the presence of and showed his support for Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, and Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis. Duncan was highlighted as an enforcer of “innovation” through… Continue reading

Failure of Rights?

“It is the failure of the present social order to guarantee rights that is at issue…” “Was there ever a time in the history of public education that the guaranteed right of each member was the driving force?” The short answer is no, but it is an unsatisfactory answer because it does not deal with… Continue reading