A Weekend Reader: Revisiting Johnny, Accountability, Test Prep, Debunking “Factory Model” Narrative

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The key element of critical pedagogy and critical literacy, for me, is the concept of investigating—investigating the text, investigating the claim, investigating the norm.

Below is a collection of what may seem unconnected (except all address education) pieces that represent, I think, a shared modeling of investigating.

Please take the time to read, and do so carefully.

Solving the School Crisis in Popular Culture: Why Johnny Can’t Read Turns 60, Adam Golub

Golub johnny readWhy it’s so scary that test prep works so well, Sarah Blaine

bar examThe Invented History of ‘The Factory Model of Education,’ Audrey Watters

Watters factory model

Why High Stakes Accountability Sounds Good But Doesn’t Work—And Why We Keep on Doing It Anyway, Heinrich Mintrop and Gail L. Sunderman

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About @NatM4Equity

The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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