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A curation of articles, reflecting my passions as both a learner and an educator.
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I taught at the worst school in Texas

I taught at the worst school in Texas | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
My time at Pearce was an unforgettable lesson in what the education reformers get wrong
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Letter to 'The Nation' From a Young Radical | The Nation

Letter to 'The Nation' From a Young Radical | The Nation | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Liberalism—including much of what’s published in this magazine—seems well-intentioned but inadequate. The solution lies in the re-emergence of American radicalism.
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Yes, Mr. President, But ... - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Students Last: Finnished (stet)

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Chomsky: The U.S. behaves nothing like a democracy

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The MIT professor lays out how the majority of U.S. policies are opposed to what wide swaths of the public want
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A Society with Poor Critical Thinking Skills: The Case for 'Argument' in Education

A Society with Poor Critical Thinking Skills: The Case for 'Argument' in Education | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Argument is a more complex and challenging cognitive skill for students than other genres of reading and writing, such as exposition or narration.
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A City Borrows So Its Schools Open on Time

Philadelphia agreed at the last minute Thursday to borrow $50 million just to be able to reopen schools for the fall with minimum staffing.


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CIA finally admits to spying on Chomsky

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The agency had for years denied keeping a file on MIT professor; FOIAed file reveals the truth
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When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination: A Critical Pedagogy Manifesto

When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination: A Critical Pedagogy Manifesto | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Henry Giroux: Schools have increasingly become tesitng hubs that de-skill teachers and disempower students.
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Big data could end professor lectures

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Schools are embracing technology that tailors content to students' abilities, leaving teachers as roving mentors
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Top GOP Donor's School Got Special Treatment

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Indiana and current Florida schools chief Tony Bennett built his national star by promising to hold "failing" schools accountable.
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Paulo Freire Quotes (Author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed)

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40 quotes from Paulo Freire: 'Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logi...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 11, 2013 8:59 AM

His work has been simplified to be inquiry based learning in the mainstream. In reality it is the educational equivalent of liberation theology.

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Essay by one of the professors who taught Howard Zinn, drawing criticism from Mitch Daniels | Inside Higher Ed

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The Liberal Education Reform Revolt | Jacobin

The Liberal Education Reform Revolt | Jacobin | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
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Constructing a Bakhtinian/Freirean Dialogic Pedagogy for the College Composition Classroom | McAuley | Critical Education

Constructing a Bakhtinian/Freirean Dialogic Pedagogy for the College Composition Classroom (New issue of #CriticalEducation | Constructing a Bakhtinian/Freirean Dialogic Pedagogy | Sean McAuley | http://t.co/F5LQkKBaUv...

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Obama introduces new performance funding system for colleges

Obama introduces new performance funding system for colleges | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
The plan will direct taxpayer funds to the schools that are most effective at graduating students affordably
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Boston Ducked Education Reform ... For Now

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With Boston temporarily rescued from the ed reform fire sale, the rest of the country remains amidst a tantric bipartisan circle jerk over school privatization, with Republicans being especially despicable in their funneling of ed money to cronies.
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How Billionaire 'Philanthropy' Is Fueling Inequality and Helping To Destroy the Country

How Billionaire 'Philanthropy' Is Fueling Inequality and Helping To Destroy the Country | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Much of philanthropy today has become a weapon in the class warfare of the 1 percent.

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Vietnam Seeks to Lure Students to Study Marxism With Free Tuition

Vietnam Seeks to Lure Students to Study Marxism With Free Tuition | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
The government is aiming to draw students to study the ideology of Marx, Lenin and Ho Chi Minh, but the students are avoiding those programs because they say potential employers are not interested.
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Kids can't use computers... and this is why it should worry you

Kids can't use computers... and this is why it should worry you | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it

Mobile has killed technical competence. We now all carry around computers that pretend to be mobile phones or tablets. Most people don’t even think of their phone as a computer. It’s a device to get quick and easy access to Google. It’s a device that allows us to take photos and post them to Facebook. It’s a device that allows us to play games and post our scores to Twitter. It’s a device that locks away the file system (or hides it from us). It’s a device that only allows installation of sanitised apps through a regulated app store. It’s a device whose hardware can’t be upgraded or replaced and will be obsolete in a year or two. 


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The Police State Mindset in Our Public Schools

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Instead of making schools safer, we've simply managed to make them more authoritarian.
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Poor students with degree worse off than rich students without one

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It might be the most depressing thing you hear all day.
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"Oh, crap": Accountability is Arbitrary and Political

"Oh, crap": Accountability is Arbitrary and Political | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
In the 1990s, I worked for the Houston Independent School District and we had our own accountability system that ran parallel to the Texas accountability system. One year I was responsible for sett...
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Diane Ravitch: 3 Dubious Uses of Technology in Schools: Scientific American

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Technology can inspire creativity or dehumanize learning
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Low marks for MOOCs: Few students post, Stanford study says, and their grades show it

Low marks for MOOCs: Few students post, Stanford study says, and their grades show it | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it

The San Francisco Business Times reports on a Stanford study that highlights low pass rates and lack of a culture of participation


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Ekaterina's curator insight, July 24, 2013 2:26 PM

Análisis sobre la participación en los foros MOCCs. 

Sunil Malhotra's curator insight, July 29, 2013 1:17 AM

Open might take a little time but is here to stay and there's no stopping it. Examples - Linux and wikipedia. Quality will improve iteratively not end-of-pipeline as it was in the material economy.

Sunil Malhotra's curator insight, July 29, 2013 1:18 AM

Open might take a little time but is here to stay and there's no stopping it. Examples - Linux and wikipedia. Quality will improve iteratively not end-of-pipeline like it was in the material economy.