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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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A Little Ditty ‘Bout Jeb and Patty: Bush Ed Lobby Director Levesque Hearts Tony Bennett

Editor’s note–this is especially compelling coming on the heels of the I-Read 3 results (see the last “success” listed for TB below). FROM: Doug Martin TO: Indiana Select Commission on Education Dear Indiana Select Commission on Education: A recently leaked email details how Jeb Bush advisor Patricia Levesque is begging her friends and fellow Bush […]

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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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Lessons Learned? Pearson Royals Aided by Indiana Arnolds

I felt compelled to post this in the hopes that you might take it and show it to your principals, your superintendents, your school board members and your state school board members. What follows is a fact but also a truth.  Rare to find them together these days.  This is not “credible research” it is […]

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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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Parent Revolution: Not Your Parents, Not a Revolution

INDIANA CORPORATE SCHOOL UPDATES FOR JANUARY 22, 2012 Once again, ISTA’s Nate Schnellenberger wishy-washes around fighting off the Indiana corporate school reformers, this time in response to the fake parent trigger bill.  Nate says “We think that it should be 51 percent of the parents and teachers and educators should have a say.” Nate, the parent trigger […]

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Martin’s Monsters–Highlighting the Latest from the Education Apocalypse

Doug Martin, always on the look-out for “news” from Liar’s Club, Education Division, sent us a few links to explore.  What becomes clear, or is always clear, is that these folks are rank propagandists–simply look at the terms they use in making their case.  But maybe more importantly, they are very well-funded and very well-connected.   […]

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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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Doug Martin’s Abecedary of Indiana’s Corporate Education Pirates

Below are the main groups involved in destroying Indiana public education. Many of these outfits have a national reach, as well, and their main goal is to hand our schools over to for-profit companies.  Vouchers are used as a smokescreen by many of these groups, since vouchers drain the schools of money and set them […]

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The Crony Corruption of the Indiana Charter School Board: Mining Kids for Cash

(The following is a letter Doug Martin recently sent to the Indiana Charter School Board, which is now taking comments concerning their corporate school reform agenda.  Take the opportunity to email them and let them know you do not approve of selling our kids off to the privatizers invading our state. Their email address is […]

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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 […]

A Rule of Storytelling and Unhappiness

As my friend began reading William Morris’s News From Nowhere, or, An Epic of Rest, I thought I might take […]