Education in the Media

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Occupy your classroom

Michelle McNeil, reporting on ESEA Flexibility, September 28th, 2011: To be freed from [NCLB’s 100% proficiency] 2014 deadline, and to have more flexibility in using Title I money, states will have to agree to do three main things. They will have to adopt college- and career-ready standards and tie state tests to them…. Arne Duncan … Continue reading


Crazy that they’re arresting protestors on Wall Street while the men inside who caused our economic collapse are still running the show. Crazy that teachers are asked to take cuts and “bear our burden” when we never reaped the benefits of an inflated, make-believe bubble economy. Crazy that the very structures designed to make things … Continue reading

She’s Not Your Hero

This might be outside the zone of this blog.  This might have nothing to do with education.  Or it might have everything to do with it.   Dear Brenna, I watched The Little Mermaid a few weeks ago. I understand Ariel’s curiosity. I get the sense of sacrifice that goes with love. It might seem … Continue reading


I came across a new term today: co-curricular, well new to me. Now as my husband will attest, I make up words all the time. It is part humor, part just how I think and partly that I am just the world’s worst speller. So when I first read this term, I immediately thought, oh … Continue reading

Technology Does Not Make a Classroom Succesful, the Teacher Does

cross posted from my blog Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension It appears that technology is sweeping the nation as the answer to the “broken” education system in America.  Everywhere you turn school districts are touting their Interactive Whiteboards, their iPads, their one to one systems and anything else tech related.  Since I am techie myself, … Continue reading

Is “The Experiment” Working?

It was a classy affair with an attendance of perhaps fifty guests, and I was lucky enough to be granted an invitation to an exclusive screening of The Experiment at The New Orleans Museum of Art. I walked into the place – a tad bit under-dressed – and filled my hands with an Abita Amber … Continue reading

Detroit’s Future

20 teachers and artists from all around Detroit came together this past week to redefine the purpose and practice of education. At a week long retreat organized by Allied Media Projects (AMP) in Detroit and funded by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, adults heard from young people, listened to one another, read up on innovative … Continue reading

What makes us citizens? #bloggermarch #sosmarch

This is, perhaps, my favorite passage from the Save Our Schools March website: There is no greater mandate in education than guiding our children to act as responsible citizens engaged in their community, nation, and the world around them. Most American public schools do not do this work. They are not built to do it. … Continue reading

Blog For the Save Our Schools March #bloggermarch

Will you? This is from the official site: Save Our Schools March & National Call to Action! July 28-31, 2011 in Washington, D.C. and around the country We’re putting the Public back in public schools! We, a collection of people from all walks of life and every corner of this nation, embody a mixture … Continue reading

Join the Coöp

Several Coöp members and friends at #ISTE 11 have asked me about the beginning of our work, so I’d like to share out these founders’ reflections that Adam, Paula, and I wrote earlier in the year: “Beacon of Hope” by Adam. “A Year in the Life…” by Paula. “Who the hell am I and what … Continue reading

A Standardized Testing Fairytale

One upon a time there were some men who wanted to change the world. The problem was that these men did not feel powerful enough, and needed more power over the people around them. There was one group which kept challenging these men, “those darn liberals.” “We need to cut taxes!” They screamed as loud … Continue reading

How a Whisper Becomes a Roar

Recently, Kirsten Olson posted about the influence of the Gates Foundation in getting messages of education reform spread through paid bloggers and investing around $500,000 in spreading these messages. Please read her very important post, We’re Not Getting Paid. Kirsten also points out that at the Cooperative Catalyst we aren’t getting paid for our voices … Continue reading

We’re Not Getting Paid

Over here at the COOP, we’re not getting paid to “influence” the reform discourse in education. Are we ever missing the gravy train. Returning from a weekend practicing mindfulness for educators (so wrong side of the tracks), I blithely take some deep breaths, settle onto my ergonomic knee chair, and catch up on my emails … Continue reading

Three Cups of Fiction

On Greg Mortenson, and how our collective fantasy about saving the world with schools goes from romance to comedy to tragedy. The recent revelation that Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea is based on fictionalized accounts of his experiences in Pakistan and Afghanistan, that his charity’s funds were misspent and its books were cooked, and that there … Continue reading

Inappropriate Use of Technology

In my home state, a school district just announced that they will be giving every kindergartener an iPad 2 this coming fall. I think this is a terrible idea. I’m not a Luddite, let’s just get that out of the way. This initiative is not developmentally appropriate. 5 and 6 year olds learning how to … Continue reading

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