This space explores issues in public education policy, and it advocates for a commitment to and a re-examination of the democratic purposes of schools. If there is some urgency in the message, it is due to the current reform efforts that are based on a radical re-invention of education, now spearheaded by a psychometric blitzkrieg of "metastasizing testing" aimed at dismantling a public education system that took almost 200 years to build. JH August, 2005
On June 7th, 2012, we posted the following: This week United Opt Out National stands in solidarity with the UMass teacher educators and the sixty-sevenstudent teachers at UMass Amherst School of Education who together chose toboycott the Teacher Performance Assessment field test via Pearson. Barbara Madeloni, lecturer at UMass and one of the teacher educators who joined the boycott, has recently been told that her contract will not be renewed. Today we share an interview with Barbara Madeloni as she shares her views on the TPA, Common Core and education activism. The rest of the article can be found here.
On June 12th, 2012, we posted the following: Continue the Pearson Boycottand defend Barbara Madeloni, a faculty member at UMass-Amherst, who is fighting to keep her job. She had the temerity to ask critical questions of the Pearson juggernaut, this time regarding student teacher performanceevaluations. As a result, her contract with the university will not be renewed as of Fall 2013. The rest of the article can be found here.
It will be a must follow over the coming year as we watch Barbara Madeloni, Art Keene, Zac Del Negro, Susan Theberge and Dave Brown gear up to fight corporate education reform at UMass Amherst School of Education. They are Liberators whose actions we much watch and recognize as a support and model for teacher educators and student teachers everywhere. Read theirstory, their demands and contact them if you need advice or wish to join their fight. Do not remain silent.
And now, it is with great urgency and solidarity that we ask everyone to read the following and sign the petition addressed to Dean McCormick, urging her to take action on the following:
1. Reinstate Dr. Barbara Madeloni in her faculty position.
2. Issue a public apology to her, and to her students and colleagues, for this attack on academic freedom and its chilling effects.
3. Make a public commitment to cultivating a culture critical dialogue and inquiry within your School of Education, to examine the processes and effects of educational corporatization in public and higher education, including teacher education.