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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Worldwide Hippies Blog:  Don't follow the political Pied Pipers of Education

Welcome to the Sunday Education Weekly Reader 05.27.2012.  From the twitter world:

  • More like cubic zirconium...."Race to the Top" was described in the Washington Post as "the crown jewel of the Obama adm's education reform agenda
  •  Perhaps this headmaster needs to choose his words a bit more carefully or enroll in a writing class....Headteacher claims school had 'overcome accidents of birth' to produce ...: The head has previously been honoure...  
  •  Does Team Obama even know what it and Arne Duncan want in education?  A big stumble....You know, when you have TPM pushing back on Democratic rhetoric, then you have a problem:

  • Worldwide Hippies call both Republican and Democratic view of education for what it is: spin.  "Where the campaigns tried to score on each other was in the sacred realm of DC policy, where terms like “choice, accountability, and reform” are inflated with mythic technocratic significance by the Very Serious People. And left totally out of the melee was whether either candidate can come close to telling the truth."  Gotta love hippies.... Romney, Obama Vie For Who Can Hurt Education The Worst


Educational conundrum for the week: 

Where are headed with the common core?  Students able to think outside the box...or just a cog in the workforce machinery?  Can Cory Booker give us a peek into how thinking/speaking/learning alike is the end result of education reform applied in the workforce?

From Ann Althouse:

"Thinking outside the box may solve problems in the real world."

"But in the political realm, creative noodling will get you cast into the outer darkness. No matter which way you lean, The Machinery requires cogs, not cognizance."

Kathleen Parker, talking about Cory Booker.

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