Tag Archives: Mitch Daniels

Extreme Thinking Errors: Tough-Love Christian Boarding Schools and the Indiana Department of Child Services

The following is a revised version of an article which appeared at the Common Errant in July 2012.  I have re-written it for my upcoming book, Hoosier School Heist, which will be released in December.  Minor details have been altered in this new version, given the fact that some of the information included in the […]

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Islam and the Free Market of Privatized Education: “Friending” the Gülen Charter Schools

[Sit back and feast on this cornucopia of “insider-trading” in Indiana Education.  Is it just me or is there just an odd linguistic “reality” called forth in this partnership?  “Indian(a)” and “Turkey” equals an (immigrant) Pilgrim conquest of the “free market” in education?  Which group is instructing which in the use of a fish to […]

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Corporate Foxes in the IN DOE Henhouse: The Chain School Gospel of Jeb Bush, Jon Hage and WalMart

When the Indiana Charter School Board recently approved two new Charter Schools USA schools to open in Indianapolis, the corporate school honeymoon was on. The East Indianapolis Charter Academy and the South Indianapolis Charter Academy, Charter Schools USA claimed, would be “feeder schools” for students to eventually enter the three other Indiana public schools the […]

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People ARE Markets for Improvement: Simple, Banal, Evil

It is clear by now (by now, by now, right?) as Goldman Sachs continues to rake in cash and continues to occupy top government roles determining policy, as Oil companies continue to destroy land and fund wars and receive government contracts to do so, as the US is set to offer the management of drone […]

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Imperial Philanthropy: Using Education Reform to Buy the Earth and Sky

Editor’s note: Doug Martin’s work supplies a kind of corrective to the simple “top-line” story and understanding of the education reform movement.  It can be understood to be “about” management and assessment to enforce a worldview where production is only quantifiable and quality must ape the measurements of assessment; and that’s the kindest way to […]

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Eli Lilly’s Pushers for Corporate School Reform

The Lilly Endowment is the venture philanthropy outfit which owns stock in the mega pharmaceutical drug company, Eli Lilly. As a major participant in advancing the corporatization of Indiana education, the Lilly Endowment prominently finances local initiatives and national rightwing anti-public school think tanks like the Sagamore Institute, the Hudson Institute, the Manhattan Institute, and the […]

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Jackie Cissell and the Reverends for Corporate School Choice

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An Indianapolis, Indiana, resident, Jacqueline Joyner Cissell, better known as Jackie, has been on a quest for school choice since at least February 1998, when she and think tank Project 21’s Roderick Conrad appeared on Christian radio’s “Family News and Focus” and “discussed the snubbing of former Congressman Floyd Flake and school vouchers.” Although no […]

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No Charter School Left Behind: Mitch Daniels, Tony Bennett, and Dennis Bakke’s Imagine Schools

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This is a guest post by B-town Errant contributor, Doug Martin. This post was originally published on Mr. Martin’s blog on Fire Dog Lake, and has been republished on B-Town Errant with his permission. Introductory comments from B-town Errant’s Editor-in-Chief: Doug Martin shows us the machinations of crony capitalism.  The USA is the land of opportunity for the […]

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School Reform is Redistribution, Isn’t it?

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From the Huffington Post today, in an article titled “Superintendents Sound Off On School Reform at Harvard Conference“: In the eyes of Indiana State Superintendent Tony Bennett, America’s schools can only improve by taking on a number of different reforms simultaneously. Different parties to the education debate stress different measures — charter schools, voucher programs […]

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Jeb Bush’s Privatization Plan for Indiana Public Schools

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This is a guest post by B-town Errant contributor, Doug Martin. This post was originally published on Mr. Martin’s blog on Fire Dog Lake, and has been republished on B-Town Errant with his permission. A few weeks after I criticized EdisonLearning’s invitation to Indiana, Supt. of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and Mitch Daniels have welcomed yet another Jeb Bush […]

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Explanation and Example: Capitalist Nationalism

**Reformist consciousness was famously described by Gramsci as “dual” or “contradictory”; on the one hand accepting the permanence of the […]

Building the Insanity In: Ex Machina

This is not a movie review. This is me thinking about empathy. Last night, lonely little ol’ me sat in […]

Dislodged Giant: Can We Use Stevens to Interpret Dickinson?

You tell me. “I thought that nature was enough” by Emily Dickinson I thought that nature was enough Till Human […]

By Metaphor Alone

Motivation matters. If the scientific method (which we make into the massive all-encompassing abstraction of SCIENCE to compete with the […]

By Force of Law

Nothing new under the sun. Why do you suppose a “Sanders” presidency would change what is described below in Chapter […]

Now You Know What A Horse Is: Views On Education in the 19th Century

Schools are scenes of extreme manipulation and coercion. Our national and state interest in them is less than benign, or […]