Bill Resnick talks with Bob Peterson of Rethinking Schools. They discuss the capitalist agenda to remake education into a business and why it isn't working. They consider ways that teaching has to connect to children's real lives, which standardized testing makes impossible and real teachers employ at the risk of retaliation.
Bill Resnick talks with local education activist Hyung Nam about high stakes testing in US schools. Hyung talks about how he was threatened with firing from Wilson High School for asking critical questions about high stakes testing, but also for raising other critical questions about teacher's academic freedom. Hyung explains how business interests are driving "education reform" to turn education into a business. This is happening, he says, in the broader context of capitalism's perpetual crisis (stagnating wages, recessions, collapsing tax bases, etc.), which is transfered to the sphere of education in terms of greedy or lazy teachers. 20:17 minutes (18.57 MB)
The teachers at Portland State University face a possible strike by early April, after declaring impasse in their negotiations with the university administration last week.
Thursday Feb. 27, over 600 P.S.U. students walked out of their classes to support the Portland State chapter of the American Association of University Professors, who held a rally on the P.S.U. Park Blocks at noon. The teachers’ union has been bargaining with the P.S.U. administration for a new contract for 11 months.
The A.A.U.P - PSU also filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Oregon Employment Relations Board. 4:05 minutes (3.74 MB)