PJSTA Live- Episode 3- Ed Reform 2.0

It’s great to have another opportunity to discuss where things are headed with this next wave of privatization. Thanks so much to Brian St. Pierre and the Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association for the invitation to participate in tonight’s discussion.

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Our third episode of PJSTA Live deals with Ed Reform 2.0.  We were joined by two guests, Alison McDowell and Jia Lee.  McDowell, a parent and a public education activist, blogs at Wrench in the Gears where she takes a skeptical look at digital curriculum in public schools.  Additionally she has been involved in United Opt Out and has presented her findings regarding digital curriculum at various locations across the country.  Lee is well known in public education and teacher union circles.  She has been a conscientious objector for several years, ran against Michael Mulgrew for UFT President last year, and has been a dedicated member of the Movement of Rank and file Educators.  She has worked tirelessly to organize teachers in the fight against school privatization.

You can access McDowell’s blog post “Digital Curriculum: Questions Parents Should Be Asking” here.

You can access the slideshow used by McDowell by clicking…

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One thought on “PJSTA Live- Episode 3- Ed Reform 2.0”

  1. Thank-you for this illuminating information. In a clever bait & switch strategy, ed-reformers have taken the language of legitimate research in education & the social sciences and re-purposed it into marketing. One example is the ‘community schools’ concept. I’ve seen charter school chains that plopping kids in front of screens promoted as ‘community schools’.

    You’ve touched on a critical piece of the privatzation long term strategy & that’s getting rid of people. MBAs & CEOs of these corporations profiteer by cutting jobs. It revelas what I think afflicts everyone who got an MBA or went to business school in the last 30 years. That is, the assumption that profits come from getting rid of people. No matter what sort of business you are running.

    I think the key is to help parents, teachers, & administrators understand who is funding these grants. The conditions to get this money from unaccountable know-nothings dictates their version of pedagogy & curriculum.


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