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Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Sunday Education Weekly Reader: 10.02.11

Welcome to the Sunday Education Weekly Reader. We've collected stories this week about kindergarten protocol, an economic theory from Elizabeth Warren, the curriculum of victimhood, Doug Lasken's take on the GOP, and a question for readers on fascism and if it is alive on the campus of the University of Wisconsin.

You might want to rethink about sending your human capital to kindergarten unless you like your child being tested...with 52 different tests. What happened to providing creative playtime and learning social skills?


Would you want this woman teaching her version of economics in your school district?


Does this sum up the state of education "reform" today?

"Programs provide content related to implementing strategies to combat discrimination, oppression, and economic deprivation and to promote social and economic justice" and prepare students to advocate for nondiscriminatory social and economic systems." Victimhood now defines entitlements by group to be awarded through communal sharing.

Are students considered victims rather than having the capacity for self-determination?


Here is Doug Lasken's latest piece on the lack of coherent vision from the GOP.

Is the GOP's educational vision the same as Obama/Arne Duncan's plan? Do we even have a two parties in the country as it relates to education? Why are the "conservatives" lining up with the "progressives" in education "reform"?


For our quote of the week, we're going to talk about the definition of fascism. Read this story about Professor James Miller at the University of Wisconsin and determine if you believe it is an example of "educational fascism".

Definition of FASCISM

often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition


Have a good week.

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