Tag Archives: school reform

A Commons Or A Prison

I prepared the following for the Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice. From Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall.” Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offence. Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That wants […]

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To First Do No Harm, Do Nothing First

I am become more convinced that the best and possibly only truly good philosophy of right action is this one: Do No Harm.  As the title of the post proposes, we can likely only approach this philosophy by doing nothing.  Many actions are positively destructive, and so harmful.  I would like my actions to positively […]

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An Errant Request: Reader, What is a School?

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I would honestly prefer to read, think and write about poetry, about Bei Dao or Margaret Fuller in The Dial, or “the tyranny of vision” that I fear is our only REAL problem (vision becomes language: narrow what you look at, narrow what you think and say). But I think it might do us all […]

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Occupy Learning: Saying No to Institutions of Coercion

A commenter, Tammie, on the “Occupy School Reform” post from 10/17, says that schools are handmaidens to cultural homogeneity and have never been intended to do anything more than manage underlings.  Well, I might quibble with “intentions” but it’s hard to fault her when we simply see what has been wrought out of them.  But […]

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Occupy School Reform: Against Stealing Our Public Schools

I don’t know how to tell you this; we’re getting our asses handed to us on a platter.  By we, I mean those of us who are against the corporate school reform movement. My friend Brian recently challenged me to simply offer one thing I could do in a “protest” fashion that would have a […]

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Warren Buffett and Corporate School Reformers to Gentrify / Charterize Indianapolis and Other Cities

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The following is part of a longer essay Doug Martin is currently working on considering the Mind Trust, a corporate school reform outfit in Indianapolis. As Atlanta Progressive Review’s Matthew Cardinale recently noted, Purpose Built Communities (PBC), a neighborhood turnaround group started in 2009 by Warren Buffett, hedge fund manager Julian Robertson, and Atlanta businessman Tom […]

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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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Interchange: The Future Cannot Be Capitalist: Michael Yates on the Working Class

AUDIO: The Future Cannot Be Capitalist With Covington Catholic High School students offering a fresh examples of the embodied ideologies […]

LeRoi and Ornette – Becoming in Time

I was listening to a PoemTalk (PennSound) about LeRoi (Amiri Baraka) Jones’s early poem “Kenyatta Listening to Mozart“ and one of […]

WFHB’s Interchange – Just a Spoonful of America

Audio: Just a Spoonful of America The title of our show, “Just a Spoonful of America – Prescribing American Studies […]

Luis Buñuel’s The Young One: Anatomy of White Male Supremacy (WFHB’s Interchange)

AUDIO: Luis Buñuel’s The Young One: Anatomy of White Male Supremacy We open with the jazz tune, “Epistrophy,” from Eric […]

WFHB’s Interchange – A Targeted Divide: What Bullets do to Bodies and Lives

AUDIO: What Bullets do to Bodies and Lives This is the special 90-minute finale for our series A Targeted Divide. […]

WFHB’s Interchange – A Targeted Divide: Crime, Decline, and the Rise of the Citizen-Protector

AUDIO: Crime, Decline, and the Rise of the Citizen Protector For our second show in our three-part series, A Targeted […]