Taking on Big Coal’s Curriculum

For years dirty energy corporations have created education materials marketed to young children in an attempt to shape the discussion around environmental issues. After the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Exxon created a lesson plan “about the healthy, flourishing wildlife in Prince William Sound, Alaska, which showed beautiful eagles, frolicking sea otters, and sea birds in … Continue reading

Te Tremble: An Unnatural Disaster

I was 9 years old and living in Los Angeles when the Northridge earthquake hit Southern California in 1994. I still remember my mother waking me in the middle of the night and rushing me under the table as books and trinkets fell from our bookshelves. Despite the lasting memory and a few shattered handicrafts, … Continue reading

Arne Duncan is in Denial

If you were at all confused by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s Open Letter to America’s Teachers, where he suddenly found a new appreciation for the teaching profession and acknowledged that “the No Child Left Behind Act has prompted some schools—especially low-performing ones—to teach to the test, rather than focus on the educational needs of … Continue reading

Duncan Meets Protesters at Harvard

Harvard was in education news in April, when anti-teacher governor Chris Christie, now widely known for calling the teachers’ union “a bunch of political thugs,” was met with a standing ovation before he even spoke a word of his speech before Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Christie proceeded to lay out his case for tying … Continue reading

The Era of Neoliberal Deform: A Review of Marx and Education by Jean Anyon, Part Two

This is the second part of my two-part review of Jean Anyon’s Marx and Education. Read the first part here. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * In taking us from the early pioneers of Marxist thought in education to the present day, Anyon mostly draws … Continue reading