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Jerry P. Becker

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[ncsm-members] 4 education overhauls to watch for in 2014
Posted: Feb 6, 2014 3:56 PM
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>From Salon, Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
See http://www.salon.com/2014/02/04/harvesting_students_data_and_4_other_education_overhauls_to_watch_out_for_partner/?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008
4 education overhauls to watch for in 2014

By Owen Davis

For people looking to "disrupt" public education, it's become
requisite to bemoan the "educational status quo" - a phrase meant to
evoke images of poor kids striving against the impediments of failing
schools and incompetent teachers. Those who question these
disruptors' methodologies are cast aside as hidebound intransigents
who likely have some vested interest in an ossified order.

But as a report from Bolder Broader Approach, a progressive advocacy
group, noted last year, a new "status quo" has not so quietly taken
root. "A popular set of market-oriented education 'reforms,'" such as
test-based teacher evaluation and public school choice, "look more
like the new status quo than real reform."

After more than a decade, such reforms have become the norm, and
efforts to reverse them are no longer acts of resistance but of
upheaval. While 2013 saw unprecedented boycotts of standardized
testing, 2014 will see the implementation of the first coast-to-coast
standardized tests aligned with the Common Core. Economic
inequality has again become part of the education conversation, as
states continue to cut funds for schools.

In 2014, several new and ongoing education battles will show whether
the privatizing trends of the last decade will reverse in the years
to come or simply stall. In courthouses, statehouses, and school
communities nationwide, larger trends and crucial precedents are
coming into view. These five stories will help define the shape of
education to come.

Read the attachment for additional information, highly authoritative
and well-documented, in my view. I think teachers, administrators,
teacher trainers, parents and education people in general, should be
aware of what is unfolding in our country, in regard to education.


Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244
E-mail: jbecker@siu.edu

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