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  •  Agreed on the David/Goliath thingy being... (5+ / 0-)

    ...the other way around.

    I found this funny too:

    He tweets as follows:  

        a@anthonycody there are roughly 3 million teachers out there - how come there are only 10 or 20 of you raising these issues?

    But my take on it was "colored" by this:

    I put out a call for school-based reform-positive voices last week and am happy to continue to learn more.

    ...and I laughed, because if you have to "put out a call," that must mean there are less than 10 or 20 "school-based...voices" talking about the "reform-positive" aspects of education?  Or maybe they don't know how to use the intertubes?  Or maybe Russo doesn't know how to find them on the intertubes?  Or maybe those who are "school-based" well understand the massive bullshit that comprises the bulk of the education Rheeform du jour.  And they prefer to keep their heads down, not piss off the political winds, and do their best to keep educating kids in spite of all the bullshit.

    Russo's got a good start on a stand-up routine...

    "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

    by Marjmar on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 09:23:26 PM PST

    •  The kind of reform (4+ / 0-)
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      teacherken, CuriousBoston, Marjmar, ER Doc

      that would be advocated by actual educators is drastically different from the kind of "reform" being promoted by Russo and his big-money ilk.

      For instance, there's a genuine grassroots movement among actual educators for (re)reforming mathematics education. But you won't find anyone from Mathematically Correct or Where's the Math carrying the flag for Russo's reformers.

      Why? They're not at all hostile to standards-based assessment. In fact, they advocate modeling American math standards after those of countries that perform mass national high-stakes standardized testing. They're pro-standards and pro-assessment and anti-mushy-stuff...all the things the reformers say they are. Oh, and they have a laser focus on math.

      But the major point of the actual classroom-based contingent of the math re-reform movement is actually improving math education. Not busting unions, destroying public schools, and marketing textbooks and gadgets. And the things they support are anathema to the reformers - things like teacher-led instruction (can't replace teachers with computers!) and reducing calculator use (can't sell calculators for kindergarteners!) and proven curricula (can't sell new books every year!)

      I'm sure every subject has a group of actual classroom professionals with ideas about how the teaching of their subject could be improved. People are probably floating radical ideas like "We could teach art better if we had art supplies and more than one hour a week with the students!" or "We could teach history and biology better if our textbooks weren't whitewashed by the Religious Right!" or "We could teach physics better if our students knew algebra!" or "We could teach everything better if the kids weren't coming to school hungry!" But none of them are going to carry water for "reformers," because "reformers" don't want to improve education. They want to sell crap. And bust unions.

      "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

      by kyril on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 02:54:31 AM PST

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