Posts Tagged ‘K-12’

Betsy DeVos Is Demolishing Public Education

June 8, 2017

Betsy DeVos Is Demolishing Public Education
“Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos’s proposed budget for the US Department of Education is a boon for privatization and a disaster for public schools and low-income college students. They want to cut federal spending on education by 13.6 percent. Some programs would be eliminated completely; others would face deep reductions. They want to cut $10.6 billion from existing programs and divert $1.4 billion to charter schools and to vouchers for private and religious schools. This budget reflects Trump and DeVos’s deep hostility to public education and their desire to shrink the Department of Education, with the ultimate goal of getting rid of it entirely.”

— “The Demolition of American Education,” Diane Ravitch, New York Review of Books

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Sugar Snap Peas

September 26, 2016

Sugar Snap Peas

On February 25th, First Lady Michelle Obama visited the FoodPrints class at Watkins School on Capitol Hill, and brought some seeds from the White House Kitchen Garden for the school’s Edible Schoolyard garden.

What does the school’s garden look like this season?

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Back to School

September 7, 2016

Back to School

“The back-to-school season is the second-biggest shopping period of the year, behind Christmas. But while families will spend more than before, how they will do it — and where they will do it — varies widely.

A growing list of designer notebooks, luxury desk accessories and even beanbag chairs now caters to wealthy back-to-school shoppers. Shoppers can buy a $195 Gucci headband, a $572 Versace backpack and a $28 Terez pencil case on the back-to-school section of Saks’ website. Restoration Hardware has a new ‘teen’ line that includes a $2,000 ‘riveted aluminum’ desk and $250 faux fur beanbag chairs.”

— “Back-to-School Divide: $195 Headbands and $1 Glue Sticks,” Rachel Abrams, New York Times

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School is Closed

January 22, 2016

“School is Closed,” a Frozen parody performed by Matt Glendenning of Moses Brown School, Providence RI.

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‘No Child Left Behind’ Left Behind

December 9, 2015

'No Child Left Behind' Left Behind

Congress has finally flunked the “No Child Left Behind” law, which had been “socially promoted” for over a decade, much like its sponsor, George W. Bush. The Senate sent a new K-12 education bill to the Principal’s Office White House, where President Obama is expected to sign it.

The new bill continues massive annual testing and giveaways for the charter school industry, but now allows states to figure out how to fix their own “dropout factory” schools. As if. It also includes a piddling $250 million in early childhood education grant funding through the HHS Head Start Pre-K program, with review by the Department of Education.

More:

“‘No Child Left Behind’ Is No More,” Russell Berman, The Atlantic

“No Child Left Behind: An Obituary,” Cory Turner, NPR

“Senate scraps No Child Left Behind; education battle moves to states,” Maggie Severns, Politico

“ESEA reauthorization continues a long federal retreat from American classrooms,” Arnold F. Shober, Brookings

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School Supplies

June 8, 2014

School Supplies

“One way to curb mass shootings in America’s schools would be for Congress to pass gun control legislation. But since that plan failed miserably, an enterprising father in Oklahoma is offering another solution—equipping children with bulletproof blankets.

The Bodyguard Blanket™ was developed by Steve Walker, a father of two elementary school students who was horrified by the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 children and six adults dead. In the 14 months following Newtown, there were at least 44 school shootings. ‘We wanted our children to have a layer of protection immediately,’ Walker told Oklahoma NBC affiliate KFOR. ‘They can be stored in the classroom, and, when seconds count, they can be easily applied.'”

— “Gun Control Measures Are Going Nowhere, So Here’s a Bulletproof Blanket for Your Kids,” Dana Liebelson, Mother Jones

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Stop Putting ‘Science’ in ‘Science Education’!

September 17, 2013

Stop Putting 'Science' in 'Science Education'!

U.S. students lag behind those of many other countries in science and engineering proficiency, so naturally the American education system is compensating by denying established modern science. Professional educators have developed and agreed on standards of science education, but the fundamentalist Tea Party parents running school boards denounce them as anti-Christian Big Gummint brainwashing of innocent American kids.

“Creationists Once Again Threaten to Make a Mockery of Texas Science Education,” Phil Plait, Slate

“Official Texas Review: “Creation Science” Should Be Incorporated Into Every Biology Textbook,” Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones

“Creationists Portray New Science Standards As ‘Big Government,'” Michael Schulson, Religion Dispatches

 Think “Creationism” makes God happy? Consider this:

“Creationism museum employee struck by lightning on the job,” By Caroline Lee, UPI.com Blog

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Image: Anti-Evolution League, at the Scopes Trial, Dayton Tennessee, from Literary Digest, July 25, 1925

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What Did You Learn In School Today?

September 4, 2013

What Did You Learn In School Today?

Back-to-School Special

Diane Ravitch on No Child Left Behind:

“I just came to realize that what we got involved in and what I had been supporting was turning education into a desiccated, data-driven, anti-human activity and this would not encourage the love of learning.  It would kill it.”

— “How I Fell Victim for an Educational Fad,” Diane Ravitch, Big Think

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Back to School

September 3, 2013

Back to School

This is the first day of school for Virginia kids and tykes in many other American school districts. Expect relieved sighs and merry whistling from parents and traffic jams highlighted with yellow school buses.

More:

“Facts and figures about US education as millions of students return to classrooms this fall,” AP via Washington Post

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Yay! School Days Are Here!

August 26, 2013

Yay! School Days Again!

Hey boys and girls, it’s school time again! What could be more fun?

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