Category Archives: Ed Reform

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Notes Introducing a Debate Unit on Transformative Technologies

This is a little backgrounder on Shelley’s Frankenstein that I created for a Powerpoint presentation to a high-school Debate class. We were starting a unit in which students would be debating the merits of various emerging transformative technologies. In preparation … Continue reading

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Essential Reading | Book Review

  Diane Ravitch’s Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America’s Public Schools In these dark days of Trumpism, reasons for optimism are the spars to which the rest of us, the passengers on the … Continue reading

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Stopping by School on a Disruptive Afternoon

after decades of test-driven education “reform” Whose schools these are, I think I know. His house is near Seattle though. He will not see me stopping here to watch what kids now undergo. My better angels think it queer to … Continue reading

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The Coring of U.S. K-12 ELA Curricula

My entire adult life has been spent sometimes as a writer and editor for various textbook companies and sometimes as a high-school teacher of English, Speech, Debate, Theatre, and Film. For much of my life, I ran a development company … Continue reading

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Ditzy DeVoid and IQ45, Two Songs

“Oh Donnie Boy,” or “Orange Is the New Slack” (to the tune of the oh-so-appropriate “If I Only Had a Brain”) I just while away the hours A-tweetin’ in my bower, Consulting with TV. I don’t care for cogitating, I … Continue reading

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Charters, Vouchers, and Segregation

A breathtakingly good summary of the sordid history of using charters, vouchers, and private schooling to effect de facto segregation: https://southernspaces.org/2019/segregationists-libertarians-and-modern-school-choice-movement  

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He Sees You When You’re Sleeping, or Welcome to the Panopticon. A Report from the Near Future

The utter subjugation of the populace didn’t happen via secret police and mass executions as in Stalin’s Russia. No, it was much more subtle, occurring bit by bit, drip by drip, a boiled frog phenomenon. It all started, seemingly innocently, … Continue reading

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