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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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'What’s the connection between Murdoch’s search for profits in the education market and...'

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Lots of education reform types seem to think schools can learn a lot from emulating business practices.

Like New York Mayor Bloomberg who likes hiring people with absolutely no experience to run the city school system. Or those who fall at the feet of Bill Gates to hear his pronouncements (and pick up some of his cash).

And many companies have interests beyond getting kids ready to work for them as evidenced this week when News Corp. bought an education technology company called Wireless Generation.

Please do not go away without checking out the original by Tim Stahmer

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U.S.: National Blogging for Real Education Reform

I haven't had the time to read all posts being written by call of Cooperative Catalyst. But thanks to an invitation sent via Twitter message by @pammoran, I want to quickly elaborate two points for this matter.

One is the respect we as teachers need to regain. Recently, if you were following news about education reform, a powerful voice said teachers don't need experience and that basically anyone can be a teacher. You know who was that. When someone who is being listened says this, and no one with the equivalent power can answer back, I feel exacerbated.

Jose Vilson in a powerful piece writes: "In other cultures, teachers are respected and in some cases, are the cultural equivalent of royalty and government officials. Here, teachers can only voice their opinion if they’ve a) left the profession b) became a PhD or c) did something absurdly outrageous/courageous."

Every single teacher in this country needs to voice and stand up to defend not only education but they career. No one of the people in Washington would be there, if it is not for a teacher who was the guidance at early ages. If professionals of education do not stand up, other will misrepresent them. And that's what is going on, unfortunately.

Secondly, I think unions are not playing the role many educators expect. I am not against unions but how quickly they react to everyone who had a counter interest to teachers.

Those groups, we teachers have to deal with, are highly organized and they can successfully influence policymakers. We need to build a national coalition funded on membership so we can have the ability to carry on an agenda and go to the Capitol with our own representatives.

Until we the teachers are not respected as professionals and have not a coalition that gathers all groups of organized teachers, get our adrenaline high, and fund ourselves such an organization, it will be difficult to gain government attention to our own issues about education.

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The social cost of poorly educated minorities in the U. S.

There is not doubt I am an Hispanic rooted person and everything related to the minorities in this country really engages me. I still have trouble understanding how state and federal governments spend a good portion of their budgetary dollars in education, yet even the efficacy of the Department of Education is now seen as a heresy.

Many voices are to be listened on education reform and any politician, no matter whether this is Duncan or any Democrat or Republican who merely pretends to curb those dollars, is entitled of not wanting to invest in education. But we need results throughout the country, and quickly.

Joseph Phillips of The Daily Caller has a point about the education of Black and Hispanic population (emphases is ours):

    These are not students failing because they do not have access to the internet or don’t have Olympic-sized swimming pools. The sad fact is that the report demonstrates that middle-class black boys are scoring about as well as poor white boys. These are students who are not proficient in the basics of math and English.

    The social cost of this failure is not to be underestimated.

    Half of these students will drop out of high school; lacking a high school diploma and being functionally illiterate will qualify them for manual labor, which is steadily in the decline. They will join the ranks of the chronically unemployed; many of these men will make a life hustling on the streets and eventually become involved in the criminal justice system. Criminal records will make these men more unemployable, which will make it even more unlikely that they will have the financial means to support the children they father. It is a hellish cycle that will repeat generation after generation.

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