Big Business and Teaching Skills in School

In their daily email update, the education team over at Politico reported that representatives from big business are to sit down with national education policymakers (including Arne Duncan and Jeb Bush) to discuss Common Core. The idea, it sounds like, is to make sure schools are teaching students the things that business wants to see. This is not new. This sort of plan is as old as schooling itself. Continue reading


For-profit training and school suspensions

And so the process of neoliberalism continues: equating everything in the “public sphere” with a quantifiable dollar amount so that it can be better handled by private hands. There seems to be a general trend towards privatizing the public, and I think this explains a lot of recent US history (even fairly far back into the 20th century).  Part of this process is an assault on liberal arts education overall. Continue reading