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Engaging the Public in Discussing the Common Core and the Privatization of Public Education

The June issue of Buffalo Spree has a piece by Bruce Adams, entitle Education Counterrevolution, in which I’m featured; I also introduced the article, along with Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata, on AM Buffalo yesterday as well. In the coming weeks, I will keynote two events, during which I’ll summarize my latest findings regarding the… Continue reading

High Stakes Tests as Forced Intellectual Labor?

In this recent story we read: Tracy and Mary Finney thought they were meeting with the principal at West Side Elementary in Marietta, Georgia, this morning to discuss their choice to opt out of Standardized State Testing for their children. Instead, they were met by a police officer who told the Finney’s that their decision to “oppose… Continue reading

$1.5 Billion and Counting: It’s Not Just What He Bought, But What He’s Building

An increasing number of students, parents, educators and community members have entered the public domain and created space for their views critical of the Common Core Standards Initiative (CCSI), the ever-increasing emphasis on testing, and the collection and sharing of students’ private data against parents’ will. The Opt Out movement grows as legal will moves… Continue reading

Common Core Forum Rescheduled

Learn More about the Common Core Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:00pm-9:00pm Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222 Because of the Winter Storm Warning issued for Wed, March 12, we have canceled the Common Core Forum on that day and rescheduled it for Tuesday, March 18, 2012, same time and place. Keynote Speaker:… Continue reading

Upcoming Event: Learn More about the Common Core

Join me for a forum on the Common Core, sponsored by the League of Women Voters (Buffalo/Niagara), co-sponsored by the Social Justice Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Church. Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Time: 7:00 pm-9:oo pm Place: Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave. Download the flyer.

Failed Implementation, or Failed Governance? On the Possibility of a Common Core Moratorium

Many are now discussing the possibility of a moratorium on the Common Core in New York State. This possibility poses significant questions that should be pursued.[1] The key question to start with is, how should such a proposal be evaluated? How are members of the public and professional educators to determine whether or not the… Continue reading

Commissioner King Versus the Educating Public

Tomorrow at 5pm outside the WNED studios in Buffalo there will be a demonstration opposing the exclusion of the public from New York State Education Commissioner John King’s forum on the Regent’s Reform Agenda and in particular the Common Core regime. In an email sent out notifying the public of the event, organizer Eric Mihelbergel… Continue reading

The PISA Results and the Crisis of Authority

The 2012 results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) are out. To celebrate the failure of public education “PISA Day” has been organized by those now establishing private, centralized executive control over once public institutions. PISA Day is the latest in a string of reality shows to litter our cultural space, the latest… Continue reading

The Lawlessness of Reform: RTTT, Common Core, and the Radical Restructuring of Assessment Governance

Education reform cowboys and cowgirls say they love education standards, and maybe they do. But they seem less enamored with existing legal standards. Below I review some of the evidence regarding the illegality of current reform efforts. The Illegal Status of Race to the Top, the Common Core, and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for… Continue reading

A Close Read of Commissioner King’s Communique

New York State Education Commissioner King’s October 24th memo, erroneously reported on in the New York Times as an effort to reduce the amount of high stakes testing imposed on New York’s students and teachers, offers us a chance to discuss key assumptions guiding current education policy.

Big Data, the Common Core, and the Global Governance of Education, Part 2: What is Data-Driven Decision Making?

In Part 1, I introduced the series and its aims, and presented its major theses. It documented and examined the role of Pearson’s Sir Michael Barber in directing the implementation of the Core regime, and in establishing an ideological framework to guide implementation, known as deliverology. Part 2 interrogates the meaning of a concept coveted… Continue reading

Big Data, the Common Core, and the Global Governance of Education, Part 1: Who is Sir Michael Barber?

The Common Core Standards Initiative Flow Chart In this series, I explore the connection between the Common Core Standards Initiative (CCSI), Big Data and the role these two pillars of current education policy play in governing education beyond the confines of sovereign nation states and their publics. I begin the series by exploring the role… Continue reading