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Guest Column

June 15, 2013

Who's really benefiting from education reform?


On June 8, I was joined by nearly 10,000 teachers, students, parents, teacher educators and administrators at the One Voice United rally in Albany. These passionate advocates for teaching and learning came from every corner of New York State to say enough is enough and that marketizing public education is a bad idea.

The current reform movement isn’t improving teachers or preparing students to be the creative problem solvers, critical thinkers and innovators they will need to be in the coming decades. Talk to your child’s teachers, write a letter to our governor, and educate yourself on the issues. We know who’s benefiting from corporate education reform — and it isn’t us.

ELIZABETH A. BLOOM, Ed.D. is an associate professor of education at Hartwick College.

Though many are unaware of it, we are in the midst of a radical educational transformation in the United States. What was formerly the province of states, districts and professional educators, has been altered, without public knowledge, into a system controlled by corporate interests and their political allies in Albany and Washington.

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