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  •  I'll post some background later in the stream... (0+ / 0-)

    but I find it odd that everyone seems willing to accept the diarists "fact" based on a link to a previous diary and an op-ed.  A simple use of Google shows that it is a partnership between Stanford and AACTE, with Pearson as a contractor.

    •  If Pearson is the contractor (3+ / 0-)
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      than it's for profit.  That they aren't the only actor involved doesn't change that.

      Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. Notes on a Theory

      by David Kaib on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 01:40:25 PM PDT

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      •  Well damn. I guess I was evil too. (0+ / 0-)

        I used to run a non-profit.  We did lots of professional development for teachers.  I didn't know that we were part of the corporatization of education because we used a web and graphic design company.

        By this logic, the fight for education was lost years ago.  The day we bought a pencil from a for-profit company.

        •  I think this issue is very specific to Education (1+ / 0-)
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          and how Schools of Education trend toward being run by increasingly for-profit means.

          I've worked for the SoE and also in the Arts & Humanities. Night and Day, ideologically.

          •  evidence please? (0+ / 0-)

            That might be true in singular cases, but I don't know if it translates as a trend.

            However, I am not surprised that there is a difference between your SoE and Arts & Humanities.  A School of Education (and colleges of nursing, business, engineering, etc) is a professional preparation program, so it has to play by the rules of the accrediting body.  Arts & Humanities (among other programs) have much more programmatic freedom.

            •  I think you've already given good evidence (0+ / 0-)

              in terms of the aims of the two schools. I'm sure I could dredge up articles and such, but I think you've already acknowledged the distinction pretty well.

              However, Arts & Humanities often have pre-teaching credential programs attached to them as well, some of which count in the stead of the CSET. So here, there can be an element of programmaticism which can be, at the same time, fairly flex.

              All of this aside, in the case of this Professor stating that she did not wish to participate in distance evaluations because of concerns about the efficacy of this form of assessment, and then her subsequently being fired (I won't say because of that, although I'm presuming it is), I do feel that is wrongful and that she has every right to challenge it. I want more information, of course, but this has my interest piqued.

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