The war on education moves to the college campus

Sam Smith Barack Obama – the guy who gave us a hopelessly muddled health plan incomprehensibly comprised of the good, bad and indefinable and who has asserted more control over our public schools for no known good than any president in history - is now proposing to interfere significantly with college education. As the New … Continue reading The war on education moves to the college campus

Barack Obama: Our first Common Core president

Sam Smith As I was reading about Common Core standards I suddenly realized why Barack Obama likes this weird stuff so much: he is a Common Core exemplar, our first Common Core president. To play the Common Corista's game you need to handle facts, evaluate texts, achieve increased levels of complexity, have a progressive development … Continue reading Barack Obama: Our first Common Core president

Eternal fundamentals of leadership (Rev. 8/14/11)

Sam Smith I have been trying to understand the new eternal fundamentals of leadership according to the likes of Michelle Rhee, Arne Duncan and others who see government and non-profits as badly in need of corporate principles. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. Please copy it promptly as I may be laid off … Continue reading Eternal fundamentals of leadership (Rev. 8/14/11)

School “reform” is about class, not classrooms

SAM SMITH 2010 Unanswered in all the noise about "education reform" is why, over the past decade, America's establishment has become so obsessed with controlling public education, a complete reversal of two centuries of American faith in locally controlled schools. There are answers that the op-eds will give you, such as the need to compete … Continue reading School “reform” is about class, not classrooms

What’s behind the assault on public education?

Sam Smith More and more the Bush-Obama public education deform is looking like a covert effort to make major cities more appealing predominantly to white parents and to ease poorer blacks and latinos out to the suburbs, which for reasons of lack of public transportation, ecological concerns, and weak construction, could easily become the slums … Continue reading What’s behind the assault on public education?

Is the Gates Foundation involved in bribery?

Sam SmithAn online legal dictionary defines bribery this way:"The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties."When we think of bribery we usually envision a check or cash being passed on the sly … Continue reading Is the Gates Foundation involved in bribery?