Sep 24 2015

‘They’re Robbing Kids of Critical Thinking’

CounterSpin interview with Jesse Hagopian about educational struggles in Seattle

Jesse Hagopian

“The movement is truly a mass social struggle to redefine the purpose of education: instead of being filling in bubbles, actually critical thinking.”

Sep 18 2015

Jesse Hagopian on Seattle vs. Education ‘Reform,’ Rachel Meeropol on Justice for 9/11 Detainees

Seattle Education Association banner (photo: Seattle Education 2010)

Seattle teachers held what looks like a successful strike, 100 percent of one high school class opted out of standardized tests, and the state Supreme Court declared charters unconstitutional. CounterSpin talks to a Seattle teacher about what it all means.

Sep 16 2015

Major Papers Reject the Opt-Out Option


Three papers offered arguments that closely align with the rhetoric of corporate education reform, focusing on the plight of low-income students of color while ignoring the realities of how testing affects such populations.

Aug 24 2015

LA Times’ ‘Independent’ Education Project Bankrolled by Charter School Backers

Wasserman Foundation: Education

The problem with the LA Times’ Education Matters project is that, despite its promise to create “independent journalism,” several of the organizations funding it have a direct stake in a very specific education reform agenda.

Jul 10 2015

When Candidates Talk Education, Media Rarely Go Beyond Buzzwords

Hillary Clinton (photo: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist/NYT)

Buzzwords and phrases like “accountability,” “Common Core” and “school choice” abound in media coverage of candidates’ education policy, with little explanation provided to actually unpack what it means that a candidate is pro or con these things.

Jun 03 2015

Friedman Turns Baltimore Uprising Into Commercial for Wife’s Charter School

Waiting for Superman: Charter lottery, Harlem Success Academy

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman reached a new low, exploiting the Baltimore Uprising to run a rather shameless commercial for his wife’s charter school organization.

Jan 01 2015

Spinning Tuition Hikes as a Clash of Politicians

California's privatization drive escapes scrutiny

UC Berkeley, tuition hikes

Corporate media did little to contextualize the University of California tuition hikes within the regents’ broader turn toward privatization. Nor did they report on the robust student movement against privatization that contributed to student mobilization.

May 01 2014

Kids of Color as Props in Charter School Drama

Two white public figures square off in managed debate

Education NYC

This microcosm of the national conversation over public education displayed media’s predictably narrow parameters of debate, between a corporate reformer and a moderate (but still charter-friendly) liberal.