On Sept. 18, 2013 between 7:30 and 8:30 pm, about a hundred bloggers listened to and spoke with Diane Ravitch in a Shindig Video Chat event that was historical. Never before has an author launched a book by asking education bloggers to review her book, review it with a total freedom to react as they see fit. Never before has an online video chat with a hundred bloggers from all over the United States been as open and transparent as this was tonight.
I am very proud to have been invited along with these other bloggers. Our backgrounds and experiences are incredibly diverse. Our purpose of bringing sanity and true educational reform was the one specific bond that unites us all. All of us are doing our best to reclaim reform from the massively funded Corporate Education Industrial Complex encompassing everything from high stakes testing to selling the data collected from our children. Their profit margins are enormous. Their control of corporate owned media is powerful. Their purpose is profit. All of the bloggers also agree monetizing children is horrendous. The privatization plunder must stop short of exploiting our children.
Soon, I will detail some of what was presented and discussed. For now, I believe that the photo below will summarize my take-away from tonight’s event.
By the way, you may purchase the Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools online by going to Amazon HERE. You will benefit by everything you read in this revealing, articulate, well researched and delightful book. (During the video/chat I was smart enough to let others do the talking., but I made up for it by listening closely and learning from what I heard.)