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Posts are now being made to another website called The Underground Parent.  The two most recent posts that you may be interested in are:

SAT Season is Here–Beware

Rep. Massie’s bill to terminate the U.S. Dept. of Ed raises questions

The time is coming when this site will basically be dormant.  If you wish to keep up with the content, shift over to The Underground Parent.

Here is what was posted on Feb. 24 on this site.

The Underground Parent (TUP) is a new website that just went public on Tuesday. All content from the Stop Common Core in Washington State (SCCWS) has been ported over and merged with the content from an older site of the same name (TUP). The education reform issues being addressed are broader than the Common Core. That does not mean the Common Core and efforts to stop it are no longer important—they are as important as ever and will continue to be addressed. Items have been cross posted to both sites.  For a while, a note will be sent out on SCCWS when an article is posted to TUP but not SCCWS.  Eventually, posts will only be made to TUP while the SCCWS will be dormant but accessible.

If you have followed SCCWS by email, you are encouraged to sign up to follow The Underground Parent by clicking on the Follow The Underground Parent button in the narrow right column of the home page.

Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education: A talk by Alison McDowell


Future Ready Schools:

How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education

March 25th, from 10:30 AM-Noon

Lake City Branch of the Seattle Public Library

12501 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98125

This talk is free and open to the public.

Since the passage of No Child Left Behind, schools across the country have been destabilized by ongoing austerity budgets and punitive data-driven policies. Meanwhile, an alternative infrastructure of digital education has been quietly developed and refined through public-private partnerships set up between the Defense Department’s Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative, technology companies, and higher education interests.

The Obama administration made a big push for 21st Century School redesign where teachers would be turned into “guides on the side” with children spending more and more time on adaptive learning management systems. Now we face a future in which education policy is being handled at the state level, where ALEC holds considerable sway, and a new Secretary of Education who touts the benefits of virtual schools and vouchers.

We are on the brink of being pushed into a new paradigm for education, known as “Learning Ecosystems.” The goal of this talk is to identify Ed Reform 2.0 elements and discuss strategies we can use to advocate for public education that prioritizes learning in human relationship rather than technology-based education that isolates and commodifies children.

Alison McDowell is a parent activist from Philadelphia, PA, a district that has been a crucible of education reform efforts for over a decade. She has a high school-age daughter who attends a magnet school in the district.

Alison has served as an elected parent representative on the School Advisory Council. She was a state-level contact for United Opt Out for three years, working locally with Opt Out Philly, the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools, and the Caucus of Working Educators to raise awareness around issues with high-stakes testing, particularly as it relates to ongoing school privatization efforts.

Recently, she has turned her attention to the forces behind implementation of digital-curriculum and data-driven “personalized” learning across the nation. Her research is available at Wrench in the Gears.

Please join Alison McDowell as she delivers her talk: Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education.

You can download a flyer here.

This has been re-posted with permission from the Seattle Education website.

Plan to attend.  The issue being addressed are important and should be of concern to all parents and citizens.  Please feel free to download the flyer and distribute it.