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BATs v. Free Market Fairy Here we go again. Once more, the hope and promise of a new year is trashed by more divisive legislation proposed by Wisconsin's Republican Party. To the elation of the GOP's machismo-minded supporter...
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Absolutely right on target about the destruction of our public school system.  Thank you Josh.  ^0^
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We need more parents and educators to speak out like this all across the nation!  ^0^
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If you don't know what BadAss is...check this out.
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wonderful thoughts. and you are exactly right. all of the money being given to Peraon could really start some poverty-fighting initatives in local communities. schools need to become the community base that they once were. not a factory to input information into children.
I just got myself worked up over education policy again. I've got to stop doing that. The thing is, a woman who is smart and thoughtful posted an article about how the Common Core will level the playing field for all students...
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It was an honor to share a seat at the table with some of the best education bloggers yesterday. BATs are looking forward to what is next. 
Yesterday 200 hundred or so Badass Teachers, bloggers, school administrators, college professors, parents and students gathered at the Brooklyn New School for the first ever Public Education Nation conference sponsored by the...
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I looked that map over and read a few of the articles on Mercedes Schneider's EduBlog  There is certainly  an an impressive amount of work being done.. But you know.. If you want to know what Bill Gates and his wife are doing.. you could just  ask him. He's been an ass, a tyrant, an asshole, and made some really crappy software that we all had to use -- but he's never been that secretive, and he's much less so now.  I'll bet that if you sent a copy of that map to him, he would correct it and add in all the places you missed.

Also... I know that you BATs have this thing where if Bill gave money to something, that in REALITY he bought that thing, or took control over it.. which I won't argue over because it is meaningless really.. but on the Wiki (The Creative Commons Group) it is way off base. The Creative Commons are Hard Core OpenSource. They don't do Control, or Agenda, or .. welll Bill really. Take his money? Sure. but that is the extent of it.

What Bill wants from Creative Commons is .. The OpenSource Community to gain interest in the Common Core. Which worked, and they have... there are now 1000s of lessons and close to millions or resources created, peer reviewed, and available for teachers and students, all at no charge -- and hovered around and protected against infringement or monetizing like angry bears guarding cubs. A tactic I didn't expect from Bill, but a very effective one if the goal is to keep Koch and those like them away from public school resources.

It is really odd, that Bill, who has been warring to keep the public schools open (and don't give me that crap about his kid going to the same private school he did alright? That is fricken lame) Literally warring to Keep them open because the due date on No Child Left Behind was over on Tuesday -- right? We're done. Without what Bill and Obama struggled to do against an obstructing Congress, School is Out.

The Congress is not going to alter the law, (hell ebola is here and they aren't even moving on that.). So here's the scenario if your best thinking occurred back in 2008.

Congress has abandoned public schools completely -- a little study will confirm that Koch's Goals include the destruction of public schools (or worse, induct them http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/16/koch-brothers-education_n_5587577.html) . Whether that has something to do with Congress not acting on this, I don't know, as a timeline note -- Koch is moving into Kansas with indoctrination courses in 2008 --  I do know teachers are screwed.

No more federal money as the NCLB law puts hammer down.(Right now that is exactly the case in Washington and it would be much rougher on us if we didn't just win the Supreme Court's latest McCleary Order; forcing the state to keep the schools funded, which the might not do anyway..) Schools close, all of them, and then go into full Fed control to be auctioned off to private corporations .. or Catholic/Christian run schools

"A fifth year of failure results in planning to restructure the entire school; the plan is implemented if the school fails to hit its AYP targets for the sixth year in a row. Common options include closing the school, turning the school into a charter school, hiring a private company to run the school, or asking the state office of education to run the school directly." -- the Instructions of the No Child Left Behind Act

Teacher salaries plummet.  Everyone is under personal contract, no unions. No health care. Each school under its own curriculum with no sharing of information or experience, keeping teacher "value" as low as possible. (Your value is only positively affected if you need little or no training... going from one school to another, you will have to be completely retrained, because every corporation will have their own "proprietary methods")

No oversight, so qualifications for teachers diminish. Within ten years, an AA certificate is more than enough, and who cares what it is for. (Federal law keeps the Fed from policing or acting on local school curriculum, at the state level. Since the schools are no longer State schools, there is no one to police them for quality, method or treatment of the kids.) By the way, this last point about the laws against the Fed interfering, is also why the Fed has the CCSS but not any curriculum or teaching methods or any provisions of that nature, in case you were wondering about that...

Points of Interest ..
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2011/08/koch-brothers-school-segregation-americans-prosperity
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/koch-group-unions-battle-over-colorado-schools-race-99252.html
"And unless we begin advocating clearly, vocally and visibly for real public education solutions to replace CCSS and other reform policies, we might just wind up with an education system led by the ALEC agenda.

ALEC’s agenda, led by the Koch Brother have had power and influence behind the scenes, which shape polices on climate change, “Stand Your Ground” laws, and “Citizens United” should be enough to give any of us pause and take their ability to influence public thinking on education very seriously. See http://kochcash.org/the-kochtopus/ for brilliant yet frightening details of the “Kochtopus.” According to The New Yorker:"

The libertarian duo used their wealth and power to elect four segregationists to North Carolina’s Wake County school board in 2009.

The candidates and their backers opposed the district’s desegregation policy of mixing students from poor and rich neighborhoods by busing them to the same schools. They did not advertise their intentions so plainly, however. Instead, they mouthed terms like “forced busing” and “neighborhood schools”—phrases that hark back to the campaign of former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, who during his 1963 inaugural speech famously said: “In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

The four Koch-backed candidates won election to the school board and have since begun to dismantle the busing program despite local protest.

Welcome to the Utopia you dream of.

I think we can agree that it is only a Conspiracy if it is not happening right now in front of everyone, and being reported in serious news streams. That goes with Koch and Gates and all the rest. What I described up there is only what is actually happening, with my only edit being what Obama and Gates have added.

The writer from Politico above made a very clarifying statement ""And unless we begin advocating clearly, vocally and visibly for real public education solutions to replace CCSS and other reform policies, we might just wind up with an education system led by the ALEC agenda."

My personal theory is that groups like BAT and the rest are Koch machines, which will fall back and fade soon after the elections are over. I only wrote all of this on the off chance you might be different. I don't get the rejection of CCSS from teachers. It doesn't make any sense to me at all. The amount of freedom and creativity and exploration it offers has NEVER been so great. With the groups jumping in an OpenSource culture is forming quickly around the public schools. I've been in the OpenSource crowds and they are powerful voices and alies to groups like Teachers and K-12 student needs.

Check these two things out, and you will see what I see in CSS (get a new coke or coffee, and explore a little)
https://www.graphite.org/standards/common-core
http://www.donorschoose.org/
Between those two resources, individual schools become less dependent on Fed, less dependent on State, more open, teachers work much less "home hours" are able to explore methods and structures they could never have in the past and offer their students a much deeper learning experience that can be sent home with them.

Once OpenSource culture is involved, there is no "Fed Control" or State Censorship, or anything else. And a bit of exploration will show you just how effective Bill was when he went after then OpenSource population with the intent of bringing them down. -- hint: It actually blossomed in response, and raged right back at him.

Well.. I'll probably clean this up and make a post out of it when I have time to clean and clarify my thoughts. You are putting out a lot of work -- but I don't understand the goal. No CC? Then what are you suggesting is better, which does more for the schools? No Fed Control? We had that, for the last 12 years with only a test at the end to report. It was hell -- maybe you didn't actually experience that.. but when School Councilors are encouraging low performing kids to drop out... it is hell.. I can't imagine anyone wanting that again. CCSS is the barest of FED.. just enough so that Obama can keep the schools open and NCLB off your necks until he can get congress to change the law. He can't do that, and he can't "ignore" the law either. It is a real mess.

Have fun.. see you from across the river in the morning.
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Realize that schools need to play a vital role in the community as a provider and supporter of wrap around services.  Schools are supposed to involve and support the communities, not alienate them.
Jersey Jazzman delivered yet another blistering critique of Cami Anderson's disastrous One Newark plan calling it "illogical, innumerate, secretive, and ill-conceived". Sir Duke once again fills his post with charts, graphs, ...
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A total sham.  Scripted press release with given tag lines.  
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Keep blasting California!!! Then come help us on the other side of the country to help NJ!!! Get-to-the-Polls and No Cory Booker!!!
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If this bothers you...I urge you to voice your concern to Bill Gates...two seconds to tweet him please @BillGates @GatesFoundation #GatesHouseofCards  
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