This podcast is an excerpt of the April 1, 2010 Seedlings webcast on EdTechTalk, featuring commentary by Wesley Fryer focusing on Race to the Top and current “educational reform” efforts in the United States spearheaded by the Obama administration. Wesley discussed the apparent goals of Race to the Top, which appear to be public funding of for-profit schools (through the expansion of publicly-funded charter schools in the United States) as well as linking “teacher performance” measurements to student test score performance. The opinions expressed in this podcast and webcast are those of Wesley Fryer, and do NOT necessarily represent the views of the Seedlings or EdTechTalk. The Seedlings are Maine educators Bob Sprankle, Cheryl Oakes and Alice Barr. Wesley was the guest on the Seedlings webcast on April 1st. Please refer to the podcast shownotes for links to the full webcast recording, as well as additional links and resources related to this topic.

Show Notes:

  1. Seedlings @ Bit By Bit Podcast: Show 84 (full archived webcast on Bob Sprankle’s blog)
  2. Seedlings on EdTechTalk
  3. Seedlings Ning
  4. How Can I Become Part of this ReadWriteWeb Revolution? – K12Online08 Keynote by Bob Sprankle, Cheryl Oakes and Alice Barr
  5. Understanding Race to the Top and the Obama Education Reform Agenda (deja vu, GW Bush)
  6. The Race to Nowhere – A New Educational Documentary
  7. Will Race to the Top Hurt Kids and Make Charter School Entrepreneurs Rich?
  8. KFC and McDonalds Reinvent Themselves – Why Not Our Schools
  9. Again, U.S. federal funds used to strong arm state legislators
  10. President Obama: Please make REAL education transformation your goal
  11. Federal or State Responsibility for Education and Inequitable Education Funding Formulas
  12. It is time to drastically slash the number of state educational standards
  13. Linda Darling-Hammond has my vote for SOE
  14. ReadingFirst, NCLB, School Accountability, and our Educational Future
  15. Looking beyond coercion, tests and seat time
  16. Raising expectations for learning and assessment
  17. Paying teachers for high student test scores is BAD policy
  18. A contrary view of education and NCLB
  19. NCLB is a symptom and not a root problem
  20. Kozol on NCLB and the struggles of real teachers
  21. Failure, mistakes and NCLB
  22. NCLB, local control, end of course exams, and educating shepherds instead of sheep

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