#871 Your child is a widget (Education)

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


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 FairTest: Assessment 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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  • commented 2014-11-12 14:23:56 -0500
    I am only halfway through listening to this podcast and WOW! I am an instructional assistant at a high school in Wisconsin. I am new to following politics closer (I am 24 and no one ever made it seem important
  • commented 2014-10-27 05:26:04 -0400
    the George Carlin piece was a great summary of another great BOTL. Actually heard the ‘This American Life’ show you mentioned and was astonished to actually hear the way things have been going in our schools. Hope there is still time to get active!