Jim Horn

Jim Horn is Professor of Educational Leadership at Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA. He is also an education blogger at Schools Matter @ the Chalkface and has published widely on issues related to education reform and social justice in education. With co-author, Denise Wilburn, his new book, The Mismeasure of Education, was published in July 2013.

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Friday, March 21, 2014 - 1:57pm
Education as a Human Right: The Civil Rights Issue of This Generation
By now it is abundantly clear that the federal government plans to do nothing about enforcing the Fair Housing Act, which was passed in 1968 as a sop to those grieving the assassination of Dr. King, just as it is clear that the Feds plan to do nothing to stop funding the resegregation and cultural neutering of American minority children by corporate reform charter school missionaries.
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Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 12:31pm
The Charter School Takeover Cycle in Memphis Schools
The Gates business plan for Memphis schools requires public school closures and corporate charter start-ups to replace them. A dozen schools are on the hit list for the coming year, and the charter operators are lined up waiting for the buildings to become empty. Parents, however, are not nearly as uninformed as county officials who are doing the Gates dirty work believe. See video below:
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 8:11am
Public School Renewal 2014 and Beyond
The public education renewal agenda embraces the values of democracy, fair play, inclusion, equal opportunity, and public school governance structure and operations of the people, by the people, and for the people.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 5:05am
America's Education Whistleblower: Diane Ravitch and the Reign of Error
Author's note: On September 18, Joe Bowers listed 33 reviews of Diane Ravitch’s new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools . Since then, many other reviews have
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Friday, August 9, 2013 - 9:15am
Who’s Lying to Whom? Duncan, Bloomberg, and the Rotted Common Core
Yesterday Mike Bloomberg called the new test score basement that all NY schools have rushed into “very good news,” and he blamed the media for noticing that it was happening.
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Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 9:53am
Open Letter to Congress on ESEA Reauthorization
To Members of the 113th Congress:
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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 1:55pm
Charter Schools Are No Better than Public Schools, and Don't Expect Them to Change
A new analysis of charter schools in the U. S. is out from CREDO, the Stanford-based outfit that found in 2009 , when there were 4,700 charters across 40 states, that 17 percent of the nation’s charter schools were scoring better on standardized tests than the public schools they were created to replace:
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Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 12:50pm
Paul Tough, KIPP, and the "Science" of Cultural Sterilizatiion
Paul Tough is touring the country promoting his new book, which is is to say he is on a nationwide tour promoting KIPP. For the book, How Children Succeed:Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character reads as an unabashed paean to the kind of segregated, bare-knuckled corporate education reform for the poor that has made KIPP the darling of the oligarchs and hedge funders. With the help of CIA consultant, Dr.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 1:14pm
Orwellian 'Parent Trigger' Laws Have Gun Aimed at Wrong Target
Since No Child Left Behind became law, schools where there are lots of poor kids have been turned into brutal testing factories, where the focus is on raising test scores rather than raising children. Even so, the test scores inexorably reflect the economic disadvantages of poor communities, as parents each year continue to receive the federally-mandated letters telling them their schools are failing.
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Monday, August 6, 2012 - 11:04am
The Facts About KIPP That Kevin Chavous Ignores
The other day at Huffington Pos t , school privatization advocate, Kevin Chavous, gave a “shout out” to KIPP, Inc., the nation’s largest corporate chain of charter schools and certainly the most popular high-rolling philanthro-capitalists who would never send their own children to one of these total compliance lockdown schools.
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