Volume 22, No.3 - Spring 2008

Volume 22, No.3 - Spring 2008
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"Rewriting the Script"

Together, the following eight articles outline how the standards-tests-punishment machine has subverted public schools from their democratic promise. With action, we can write a future where education isn't a soulless profit machine for the few.

"Rewriting the Script"

Think Less Benchmarks

A flawed test does more harm than good

"Thanks to the folks at the Discovery Channel, that TV channel with the nifty little logo of the earth spinning, my 8-year-old students have four more opportunities to stop learning and fill in the bubbles."

Think Less Benchmarks
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Beyond NCLB

A new era requires new thinking

Beyond NCLB

Teaching in Dystopia

Testing’s stranglehold on education

"The problem is this: Testing is killing education. Not only is it narrowing the curriculum generally, it promotes bad pedagogy, while making some private companies very rich in the process."

Teaching in Dystopia

Reading First, Libraries Last

Scripted programs undermine teaching and children's love of books

"In these bleak NCLB days of regimented, scripted reading programs and financially drained school districts, I am deeply worried about the future of elementary school libraries."

Reading First, Libraries Last

The Scripted Prescription

A cure for childhood

Testing mania reaches the pre-K classroom.  "It saddened me to think that my daughter's first impression of school was based on taking a test and failing it."

The Scripted Prescription

Bogus Claims About Reading First

When it comes to Reading First, don’t believe the hype

Bogus Claims About Reading First

Textbook Scripts, Student Lives

A math teacher goes beyond the standardized curriculum

"Textbooks, published by corporations that have much to gain by maintaining business as usual, aren't likely to press students to envision a future any different from the past and present."

Textbook Scripts, Student Lives

Bonfire of the Disney Princesses

Contrary to their spin machine, Disney’s princesses are far from role models

Bonfire of the Disney Princesses

Underfunded Schools Cut Past Tense from Language Programs

By The Onion

"A part of American school curricula for more than 200 years, the past tense was deemed by school administrators to be too expensive to keep in primary and secondary education."

Underfunded Schools Cut Past Tense from Language Programs

TV Selfishness and Violence Explode During 'War On Terror

2nd graders discover new trends in TV since 9/11

"Six years into the 'War on Terror,' my 2nd-grade Spanish immersion students found that aggression, selfishness, and insults have exploded on national television."

TV Selfishness and Violence Explode During 'War On Terror

Queer Matters

Educating educators about Homophobia

"While we were excited to support the opening of the educational closet, unintentionally we became seen as the 'residential experts' for all things queer."

Queer Matters

Feeding Two Birds With One Hand

Why educators should demand a national health care plan

"I can't imagine any teacher union leader or local school board member who wouldn't welcome a new federal program that would make the issue of healthcare benefits a moot point in bargaining."

Feeding Two Birds With One Hand

Building Teacher Solidarity

Larry Kuehn talks about building ties between teachers in Canada, Mexico, and the United States

“I would really like to see a new movement that gives the kind of hope
for change that there was when I came into teaching in the late 1960s.”

Building Teacher Solidarity
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The Power of Words

Top-down mandates masquerade as social justice reforms

The Power of Words