Tag: Education

The “false equivalencies” of education policy: Betsy DeVos edition

The “false equivalencies” of education policy: Betsy DeVos edition

I just finished taping a TV panel discussion for a local cable news show on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. The panel featured two pro-Betsy DeVos, pro-charter, pro-choice advocates (the executive directors of the Great Lakes Education Project and the Michigan Association of Public School Academies), and two public education supporters (me, and a representative from […]

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Detroit Redford High School Demolition

Privatize, Monetize, Weaponize: How the DeVos family devoured Michigan’s schools

NOTE: This post is a companion piece to this week’s episode of The Sit and Spin Room podcast. Click HERE or scroll to the bottom of the post to listen to the podcast or find it wherever you get your podcasts by searching for “Sit and Spin Room” on iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The news that President-elect Donald Trump had nominated […]

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The truth about school “choice”

The truth about school “choice”

Like President-designate Donald Trump, and his nominee for Secretary of Education, Michigan billionaire and Amway heiress, Betsy DeVos, I’m a huuuuge proponent of “school choice.” What’s more American than the freedom to choose (unless you’re a woman, and we’re talking about reproductive health choices–but I digress…)? It’s a fundamental human right to be able to make important personal choices about […]

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Trump names Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education: It’s Game, Set, Match for public education

Trump names Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education: It’s Game, Set, Match for public education

Game. Set. Match. The news that Donald Trump has named Betsy DeVos as his choice for Secretary of Education is just another brick in the wall for Mr. Trump’s plan to turn the US into a giant flea market, selling off the bits and pieces of a once great nation for parts to the highest bidders. I had to laugh in […]

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: Michigan kids don’t have a constitutional right to be able to read

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: Michigan kids don’t have a constitutional right to be able to read

It’s bad enough that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is fighting a federal ruling that the state of Michigan supply bottled water to Flint residents still contending with drinking water that is poisoned with the powerful neurotoxin lead. It’s actually REALLY bad. But he’s found another way to make his contempt for poor people known. In response to a lawsuit filed […]

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The Today Show’s Matt Lauer deceptively pitches Shinola partnership as providing scholarships to needy Detroit kids

The Today Show’s Matt Lauer deceptively pitches Shinola partnership as providing scholarships to needy Detroit kids

Apparently Matt Lauer doesn’t know **** from Shinola when it comes to charter schools I happened to be watching The Today Show yesterday morning (which I have only recently returned to watching after NBC fired Billy Bush), and looked up to see anchor Matt Lauer in a hair net and booties, standing in the Shinola watch assembly room in downtown Detroit. […]

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It’s not about you: More adventures in institutional privilege, music education edition

It’s not about you: More adventures in institutional privilege, music education edition

As a 58 year old, married white man who was raised Christian, I “check off” most of the boxes on the Privilege Worksheet of Life. I’ve never been pulled over by a police officer for no reason; joggers don’t cross to the other side of the street to avoid me; I’m given the benefit of the doubt in virtually every situation in […]

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Detroit entrepreneurs: Young imaginations hold the key to solutions

Detroit entrepreneurs: Young imaginations hold the key to solutions

There is something to be said about youth who manage to escape harsh realities imposed upon them by inhumane systems, by imagining a way forward, a more beloved community. The children who go without water, who don’t have enough to eat, who move between homes or schools many times before they leave their adolescence, yet somehow find enough humanity in […]

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The charter school debate is over

The charter school debate is over

The charter school “debate” is no longer about charter schools vs. public schools (charters are not public schools — that myth has been exploded), or even about “for profit” vs. “not for profit” charters (the evidence HERE suggests this is really a difference without a distinction). No, the real issue here is about the true purpose of education, and whether […]

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Progress Michigan launches unprecedented education program exposing DeVos family funding of anti-public education policy

Progress Michigan launches unprecedented education program exposing DeVos family funding of anti-public education policy

Anyone who has followed the state legislature in Michigan since Republicans assumed nearly total control in 2010 will tell you just how devastating their policies and laws have been to public education in our state. From stripping funding from schools to pay for enormous corporate tax cuts to taking away local control and handing it over to non-educator Emergency Managers […]

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The paradoxical world of education reform

The paradoxical world of education reform

I used to think that anyone who rose to a position of power and prominence in the world of education had to be smart, well-informed, and have significant teaching experience. The last few years of following the education reform debate, however, has disabused me of that notion. It seems as though so many of the people who hold positions of authority and […]

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