In order to have the most effect on targeted school districts like Denver Public Schools, foundations must converge to create a critical mass of resources. This subverts the democratic process and eliminates dissenting and opposing voices, including those of experts and researchers, to implement their ideological approach. While data is popular in sales and in science, […]
The Economics of Reform
This article, by William J. Mathis published on the National Education Policy Center, outlines the flaws in applying economic reform to education. Boiled down, “Economists] confuse mathematical symmetry with truth.” The truth being that “Cohesiveness, cooperation, altruism, caring and the common good are vital to a democratic society. But these are alien concepts to economists’ […]
The rush to expand charters is hardly justified by the performance of the ones already in operation.
School Choice is a complicated issue that goes hand in hand with Reform. It comes from the end of bussing, as a way to empower parents to self-integrate, and give people in neighborhoods with low-performing schools options in other neighborhoods. On the surface, it’s a good idea. But as with many things education it’s implementation benefited some […]
Over the last few School Board Elections, more and more corporate and foundation money has been poured into the campaign coffers of Reform candidates, people who believe using erroneous measures to close neighborhood schools is good government. This article give a little of the history. Four school board seats are up for election this year, Nov. […]
This article outlines how Tom Boasberg and Michael Bennet allowed the financialization (making money off money, rather than products or services) of Denver Public Schools, and cost the District millions in fees and variable interest rates. Education is a public good, and thus should be available in equal quality to everyone and not a source […]