Table of Contents
- "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.
Think Less Benchmarks
A flawed test does more harm than goodBy Amy Gutowski
"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."
By Monty Neill
A new era requires new thinking
Teaching in Dystopia
Testing’s stranglehold on educationBy Wayne Au
"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."
Reading First, Libraries Last
Scripted programs undermine teaching and children's love of booksBy Rachel Cloues
"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."
The Scripted Prescription
A cure for childhoodBy Peter Campbell, Peter Campbell
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."
Bogus Claims About Reading First
By Stephen Krashen
When it comes to Reading First, don’t believe the hype
Textbook Scripts, Student Lives
A math teacher goes beyond the standardized curriculumBy Jana Dean
"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."
Bonfire of the Disney Princesses
By Barbara Ehrenreich
Contrary to their spin machine, Disney’s princesses are far from role models
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."
TV Selfishness and Violence Explode During 'War On Terror
2nd graders discover new trends in TV since 9/11By Margot Pepper
"Six years into the 'War on Terror,' my 2nd-grade Spanish immersion students found that aggression, selfishness, and insults have exploded on national television."
Educating educators about HomophobiaBy William DeJean, Anne Rene Elsebree
"While we were excited to support the opening of the educational closet, unintentionally we became seen as the 'residential experts' for all things queer."
Feeding Two Birds With One Hand
Why educators should demand a national health care planBy Bob Peterson
"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."
Building Teacher Solidarity
Larry Kuehn talks about building ties between teachers in Canada, Mexico, and the United StatesInterviewed by Bob Peterson
“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.”
The Power of Words
By Linda Christensen
Top-down mandates masquerade as social justice reforms
- Short Stuff
- Letters to the Editors
- Good Stuff By Herb Kohl
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