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(2014/10/24) Your child is a widget (Education)

Edition #871


Today we take a look at some of the larger forces at play that change the way we think about and structure our education system


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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Anat Shenker Osorio (@anatosaurus) | IGNITE at @Netroots_Nation #NN14 - Air Date: 09-12-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Electrified (Live) - Live At The Grocery On Home

Ch. 4: Act 2: How Corporations Are Taking Over Education - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-04-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: What's Going On - Number 1's: Marvin Gaye

Ch. 6: Act 3: Karen Ho's Markets, Efficiency and Choice Pt. 2 - @Dis_Con - Air Date 6-25-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Blame Me! Blame Me! - New Surrender

Ch. 8: Act 4: Educating the next generation of docile worker drones - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 9-30-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: All Over Now - Paracosm (Bonus Track Version)

Ch. 10: Act 5: TX Textbooks: Taxes Are Bad, Segregation Was Good, Moses Inspired Democracy - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-19-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Sickening - Stand

Ch. 12: Act 6: Teaching The Memorized Points Or Teaching Critical Thinking - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 10-3-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Ignore the Ignorant - Ignore the Ignorant

Ch. 14: Act 7: Assessment Reform via @FairTestOffice - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of

Ch. 16: Act 8: The American Dream - @GeorgeCarlinWay


Ch. 17: Inspired by Maureen from Mass - Coming out of Los Angeles

Ch. 18: Responding to episode on Democrats - Gavin from Richmond, VA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 19: Final comments complicating the issue of charter school disciplinary structures and suggesting episode #538 of This American Life

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone

Activism: Assessment Reform via @FairTestOffice

Take Action:

Get involved with FairTestAssessment Reform Network Project to resist unnecessary standardized testing

Additional Activism/Resources:

Sign AFT’s petition: "TIME: Apologize to teachers”

Sign the "Don't Delete History” petition from Texas Freedom Network

Sources/further reading:

The awful Time article for those who want to read it: "War on Teacher Tenure: How Silicon Valley Wants to Fire Bad Teachers”

"Florida schools rail against explosion of new tests” via Orlando Sentinel

"Scrap the MAP! | Solidarity with Seattle teachers boycotting the MAP test”

"Test Opposition Surges Across the Nation” via FairTest

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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