Sunday, September 22, 2013

Reposted: Lost Ravitch Post on "Education Nation"

See the excellent comments on Education Nation at Perdido Street School and Raging Horse. Before anyone chastises Ms. Howard's dignity, whose situation is sympathetically recounted in Perdido St. School, they should first challenge those that insist on having post-secondary education be a private, for-profit venture. We should emulate the abundant trend for nations to offer such education, free of charge. Here? Students accumulate hefty debts, to the extent that student loan indebtedness now is a leading the cause of personal bankruptcy. The law has not always been slanted against student loan borrowers. See this paragraph from the last cited article, this by Mona Adem:
Before the bankruptcy code was significantly altered, college students were able to discharge their educational loans, but after 1976, this came to an end. That year, Congress changed the code so that loans made by the government or a non-profit college loan could not be filed for bankruptcy during the first years of repayment. However, the biggest change came in 2005 when Congress passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act which rendered federal or private loans ineligible for bankruptcy, a law that groups student loans with other ineligible debt such as child support and criminal fines. Lobbying certainly pays off. In fact, now you have a better chance to file for bankruptcy for gambling than with student loans.

It is disgusting that the American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is attending. The only proper role there would be to utterly excoriate the planners for having a hugely lopsided set of panels, in favor of inhumane corporate privatizing of public education, and to counter every one of the lies and distortions that will be no doubt fomented there. Abundant will be apologies for Common Core, hyper-testing, the villification of teachers and the subordinating of students into cogs for privatizers such as Bill Gates. President Weingarten, will you be villifying your co-attendees for their crimes against schools, educators and students, or will you repeat your mantra of the need to cooperate with the corporate agenda?
I Will Not Be Part of Education Nation
by dianerav
Yesterday I received an invitation to sit in the audience at NBC’s Education Nation.
I regret to say that I will decline, as I am very busy these days.
You will see some familiar names, like Secretary Arne Duncan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, ex-Governor Jeb Bush, Governor Bobby Jindal, Dr. John Deasey, Lloyd Blankfein (CEO of Goldman Sachs), David Coleman (architect of the Common Core standards), Governor Mike Pence of Indiana (but not Glenda Ritz, who defeated Tony Bennett), Mitch Daniels (the ex-governor of Indiana, Tony Bennett (the singer, not the defeated state superintendent). Quite a number of people known for supporting privatization of public education and high-stakes testing.
But, other than Randi Weingarten and David Kirp, you won’t find any of the prominent figures who oppose the corporate model of measure-punish-close schools-fire teachers-TFA, etc. No Linda Darling-Hammond, no Deborah Meier, no Richard Rothstein, no John Kuhn, no Nancy Carlsson-Paige, no Carol Burris, no Leonie Haimson, none of the wonderful brave teachers, principals, superintendents, and parents who have bravely fought a failing set of federal and state policies.
No innovative thinking here, just the Voices of the Status Quo.
Here is the invitation:
We look forward to seeing you in New York City for the
2013 NBC News Education Nation Summit
Monday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 8
This year, the Summit will focus on “What It Takes” to get a student through our public school system ready to succeed in college, career and beyond. Some of the topics we’ll cover include:
• It takes a great start
• It takes engaged parents
• It takes well-trained teachers
• It takes a safe and secure environment
• It takes high standards
• It takes empowered students
• It takes a degree or credential beyond high school
We will profile a variety of students from across the country whose stories provide a collective snapshot of where we, as a country, stand in terms providing “What It Takes” for success.
As in years past, we will welcome some of the biggest names from politics, education, business and entertainment to join the conversation through newsmaker interviews, panel discussions and compelling individual presentations. In addition, this year’s Summit will feature new opportunities for networking and exchanging ideas among attendees and speakers.
Outside the walls of the Education Nation Summit, we will engage the public in this important conversation by utilizing the strength of top NBC News journalists and the reach of all NBC News platforms – from TODAY, Nightly News and Meet the Press, to MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo, to our digital platforms and social media, local affiliates and owned stations.
Space is limited, so please RSVP by Monday, September 23rd to attend the 2013 NBC News Education Nation Summit at The New York Public Library. This year’s Summit will conclude in the late afternoon on Tuesday, October 8th. The agenda and event details will be added to the registration site on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions, please contact Isaac Norbe at 646-745-1563 or We hope to see you at the Summit.
2013 Education Nation Summit Preview from NBC News on Vimeo.
2013 Summit Panelists
We will post more details on the panelists for the Summit to this page on an ongoing basis, so keep checking back.
Anant Agarwal
President, edX
Timothy M. Armstrong
CEO and Chairman, AOL Inc.
Melody Barnes
Chair, Forum for Community Solutions & CEO, Melody Barnes Solutions, LLC
Susan Benedetto
Co-Founder and Board President, Exploring the Arts
Tony Bennett
Singer and Co-Founder and Board Member, Exploring the Arts
Steve Beshear
Governor, Kentucky
Lloyd Blankfein
CEO and Chairman, Goldman Sachs
Michael Bloomberg
Mayor, New York City
Michele Brooks
Assistant Superintendent, Family and Student Engagement, Boston Public Schools
Sean P. “Jack” Buckley
Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics
Governor Jeb Bush
Former Governor of Florida
Dr. Pamela Cantor
Founder, President and CEO, Turnaround for Children, Inc.
Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen
Superintendent, Austin Independent School District
David Coleman
President and Chief Executive Officer, The College Board
Ron Conway
Angel Investor
Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
President, Purdue University
Dr. John E. Deasy
Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education
Jonah Edelman
Co-Founder and CEO, Stand for Children
Marian Wright Edelman
Founder and President, The Children’s Defense Fund
Debra Eschmeyer
Co-Founder and VP of External Affairs, FoodCorps
Allyson Felix
Olympic Gold Medalist
Dr. Phil Fisher
Psychologist and Professor, University of Oregon
Goldie Hawn
Actress and Founder and Board Chair, The Hawn Foundation
Anne T. Henderson
Author, Beyond the Bake Sale and Senior Consultant, Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Caroline Hoxby
Scott and Donya Bommer Professor in Economics, Stanford University
Jay Jefferson
Parent, Coral Gables, FL
Bobby Jindal
Governor, Louisiana
Ben Kaufman
Founder and CEO, Quirky
David Kirp
Author, Improbable Scholars and Professor of Public Policy, UC-Berkeley
Joel Klein
CEO, Amplify
Paul J. LeBlanc
President, Southern New Hampshire University
Jack Markell
Governor, Delaware
Sara Martinez Tucker
CEO, National Math + Science Initiative
Dr. Anthony Marx
President and CEO, The New York Public Library
Svante Myrick
Mayor, Ithaca
Paul Pastorek
Former Louisiana State Superintendent of Education and Member Emeritus, Chiefs for Change
Mike Pence
Governor, Indiana
Dr. Andre Perry
Founding Dean of Urban Education at Davenport University
Daniel R. Porterfield
President, Franklin & Marshall College
Deborah Quazzo
Founder and Managing Partner, GSV Advisors
Dr. Irwin Redlener
President and Co-Founder, Children’s Health Fund
Amanda Ripley
Author, The Smartest Kids in the World and TIME Investigative Journalist
Joel Rose
Co-Founder and CEO, New Classrooms Innovation Partners
Evelyne Santiago
City Year Corps Member
Dr. William Schmidt
University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University
Jon Schnur
Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, America Achieves
David Shapiro
President and CEO, National Mentoring Partnership
M. Night Shyamalan
Screenwriter, Director, Producer and Founder of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation
Dr. Dana L. Suskind
Director, Pediatric Cochlear Implantation Program and Professor, Surgery and Pediatrics, University of Chicago
Brenda Van Gorder
Director of Preschool Services, Granite School District
Dennis Walcott
Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
Randi Weingarten
President, American Federation of Teachers
Robert Wrubel
Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President, Apollo Group
I Will Not Be Part of Education Nation