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Educational Conspiracy Theories

Which of these modern education conspiracy theories is your favorite? Which do you think are quite possibly real? I have provided below a modern movement in public education and one (not vetted and not politically chosen) website or blog which makes reference to the conspiracy. Should you choose to dig into a controversy, this will give you a start. I do believe that when the money is followed and the political investments are traced back, there is a strong possibility that all of these are founded in reality.

1. Charter schools (or the privatization of education)

Economics and Education: Charter Schools and the Corporate Conspiracy

2a. Technology in the schools (Bill Gates)Bill_Gates

How Microsoft will make money from Common Core

2b. Common Core State Standards (CCSS) (Bill Gates again?)

The Inside Story of How Bill Gates Bought the Common Core Standards

3. PearsonPearson

An Interview with Paul Horton: Monopolies, Tomfooleries, Conspiracies, and Skullduggery

4. International test comparisons (specifically the allegedly poor performance of U.S. students)

Do international test comparisons make sense?

Let me know what you think about these conspiracy theories, or perhaps you have a pet theory of your own to add?

Continued.

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Farris-Berg is lead author of Trusting Teachers with School Success: What Happens When Teachers Call the Shots. She is a Senior Associate with Education Evolving, a policy design shop based in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an independent education policy strategist. Her Twitter handle is @farrisberg.

If we made it loud and clear, in both policy and practice, that teachers can have autonomy to collectively make the decisions influencing whole school success, would any teachers take advantage?

Collective teacher autonomy isn’t for everyone. It is a working arrangement that some teachers long for, but others never imagine for themselves. Teachers who are now calling the shots in more than 50 district and chartered schools around the country describe themselves as pioneers both in the professionalization of teaching and in the modernization of schools and schooling.

Pioneering is intense and difficult work, they say, especially in an education culture that values…

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Interesting: opportunities for teachers to run the schools!

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Can we trust teachers with authority to manage whole schools? Would teachers even want the opportunity to manage schools? And, when they are in the position to manage schools, will it make any difference in student achievement? Kim Farris-Berg explores these questions in this three-part guest blog .

 Farris-Berg is a Senior Associate with Education Evolving, a policy design shop based in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an independent education policy strategist. Her Twitter handle is @farrisberg.

Everyone knows that many K-12 public schools are not producing desired results. The big question is: how will we improve them? The dominant assertion today is that if we can just get better at telling teachers what to do, and how to do it, then improvement will follow. In this climate, “getting tough” with teachers appears to be the only solution. Fortunately for those of us not fond of one-bet strategies,   other assertions are…

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