Today is Emancipation Day, a good time to consider what Opt Out could really mean

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds! - Marcus Garvey If you didn’t know, today is officially Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C., a holiday celebrating the end of legal slavery in the nation’s capital. For all of us edu-fighters, reformers, activists, liberationists, and people who talk about education as the …

Opting out hurts the poor most

Should educators use their positions as trusted informants to suggest that parents opt their children out of annual testing? This guest post republished from Raymond Ankrum points out how the opt-out movement, driven mostly by affluent families, hurts kids in poverty most. Currently Mr. Antkum is the Executive Director/Principal of a K-8 Charter school in Suffolk …

Opting-out of justice, history, and good sense

After my previous blog post about Diane Ravitch and Randi Weingarten speaking out for the growing opt-out campaign it was hard to shut my mind off. Once done with writing that post I was bothered by thoughts of how Ravitch acts less like a historian and more like a populist, and how Weingarten isn’t reliable as a …

Painting education the whitest shade of pale

At a time when students of color are becoming the new majority in public schools you would think education leaders would listen to their parents. This tweet from Diane Ravitch tells me we have a long way to go: BREAKING NEWS: AFT President Randi Weingarten Endorses Opt Out! http://t.co/TbRgZ3ap4O — Diane Ravitch (@DianeRavitch) March 31, 2015 …

Mickelson: Don’t blame teens or their parents for teacher-driven opt-out movement

The opt-out movement against standardized testing in public schools has hit the gilded streets of Southwest Minneapolis. Parent activist Lynnell Mickelson has seen first hand that it isn’t a grassroots movement from concerned parents, but an effort of school staff to sabotage Minnesota’s soft drive for public school accountability. One of her neighbor’s daughters recently …