Monthly Archives: September 2014
Do you think much about the audience for your books?
Don’t dare. Don’t want to. But, anyway, I don’t write because there’s an audience. I write because there is literature.
Jane Slaughter describes what she calls the neoliberal assault on Michigan, and she adds in Wisconsin as well. The assault consists of a plan to end collective bargaining and to weaken the unions so they are unable to protect the benefits for working people.
I am not sure why she calls this movement “neoliberal,” as it seems that the main movers and shakers are far-right conservatives who always hated unions.
David Coleman, as everyone knows, is the architect of the Common Core. He is hot stuff.
Peter Goodman, observer of Néw York politics, saw Coleman strutting and preening. He says he wanted to be a high school teacher, but went to McKinsey instead. Then he became an eduentrepreneur and started the Grow Network, which was a way to track student performance data. The word on the street is that he sold it to McGraw-Hill for $14 million. Then he started Student Achievement Partners, which played the lead role in writing the Common Core.
Goodman attended the famous meeting at which Colemanade his infamous statement. Goodman writes:
“As my mind was wandering I was jolted upright, Coleman told us,
“…the most popular form of writing in American high schools today …it is personal writing. It is either the exposition of a personal opinion, or, it is the presentation of a…
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