Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ashana Bigard: An Insider’s View of Post-Katrina New Orleans Public Education | deutsch29

Ashana Bigard: An Insider’s View of Post-Katrina New Orleans Public Education | deutsch29:

Ashana Bigard: An Insider’s View of Post-Katrina New Orleans Public Education



On January 14 and 15, 2016, renowned education blogger and ed reform podcaster extraordinaire, Jennifer Berkshire, visited me during her time in town to conduct some interviews in New Orleans.
In the course of her meetings, she ended up with an umbrella that was not hers and which needed to be returned to New Orleans parent activist, Ashana Bigard.
So, I met Ashana for lunch on Monday, January 18, 2016– Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday– to return said umbrella. And as it turns out, I had the great fortune and pleasure to interview Ashana for 90 minutes on her experiences with the New Orleans schools post-Katrina.
Ashana Bigard  
Ashana Bigard, reunited with her umbrella
I transcribed the entire interview (barring small talk). The transcript is 27 pages long and can be accessed here: Ashana Bigard 01-18-16.
Our conversation takes a number of interesting turns. Those with a particular interest in the nuances of navigating post-Katrina public education in New Orleans would do well to read the entire exchange. However, for the purposes of this post, I will highlight a few choice excerpts.
First, a word about Ashana:
Ashana Bigard is at least a fifth-generation New Orleans native and a product of the New Orleans public school system. Bigard did drop out of high school; the lure of ready cash from working in tourism prompted her to drop out in her senior year (“I wasn’t that interested in school; I was interested in making money.”)
Bigard realized the need to “drop back in,” so to speak, which involved her attending Job Corps and earning her GED and then attend Delgado Community College and the Ashana Bigard: An Insider’s View of Post-Katrina New Orleans Public Education | deutsch29:


Top 10 Reasons School Choice is No Choice | gadflyonthewallblog

Top 10 Reasons School Choice is No Choice | gadflyonthewallblog:

Top 10 Reasons School Choice is No Choice

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On the surface of it, school choice sounds like a great idea.
Parents will get to shop for schools and pick the one that best suits their children.
Oh! Look, Honey! This one has an exceptional music program! That one excels in math and science! The drama program at this one is first in the state!
But that’s not at all what school choice actually is.
In reality, it’s just a scam to make private schools cheaper for rich people, further erode the public school system and allow for-profit corporations to gobble up education dollars meant to help children succeed.
Here’s why:
1) Voucher programs almost never provide students with full tuition.
Voucher programs are all the rage especially among conservatives. Legislation has been proposed throughout the country taking a portion of tax dollars that would normally go to a public school and allowing parents to put it toward tuition at a private or parochial school. However, the cost of going to these schools is much higher than going to public schools. So even with your tax dollars in hand, you don’t have the money to go to these schools. For the majority of impoverished students attending public schools, vouchers don’t help. Parents still have to find more money somewhere to make this happen. Poor folks just can’t afford it. But rich folks can so Top 10 Reasons School Choice is No Choice | gadflyonthewallblog:

CURMUDGUCATION: UT Offers Gobbledeegook Education Program

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UT Offers Gobbledeegook Education Program


Here's one for the Has To Be Seen To Be Believed file, or perhaps the Ugly manhandling of English Language file, or most especially, the Why Regular People Don't Listen To Academics file.

The University of Texas is launching a... well, to be honest, I'm not sure. Some kind of MOOC. A newly tech-based instructional delivery system. Probably a version of Competency Based Education.  But Marni Baker Stein, Chief Innovation Officer of the University of Texas System’s Institute for Transformational Learning, is at Inside Higher Ed to plug the... whatever it is. 

The entry is entitled "The Future Is Now." Treasure that phrase, because it's the last thing in the piece that will make plain sense (and was probably written by the IHE editor and not Stein). Can we figure it out?

UT is onto something new, and they've launched an initiative to "envisage" new models of delivery for a college education. For the first couple of paragraphs, one can almost make out some sense in the fog, some notion that a new workplace calls for new modes of preparation, and the UT campuses have been working on this in conjunction with certain disciplines and programs. But then we hit this...

These experimental sites disaggregate the post-secondary pathway as we know it into scalable and 
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