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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion: Presidency
Mon Jan 23rd 2012, 12:29 AM
This is getting beyond ridiculous. He was only passing out flyers that disagreed with the Arne/Rhee type of education reforms.

From the Washington Post:

Retired D.C. teacher says he was thrown out of ed data summit

A retired D.C. teacher who has written critically about Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Michelle Rhee said security guards escorted him out of an education data summit where the two were speaking on Wednesday.

Guy Brandenburg, who writes the GFBrandenburg’s Blog (which is subtitled “Just a blog by a guy who’s a retired math teacher”) describes in a post how he attended the National Data Summit in Washington D.C. — for which he had signed up to attend — and started handing out a pamphlet he wrote criticizing data-driven school reform.

..."The pamphlet, which you can see here, is titled “Problems with Using ‘Data’ to Fix Our Schools Or, ‘Garbage In, Garbage Out.’ According to Brandenburg, security guards approached him after he had handed out about a dozen pamphlets and told him that he had to leave because the summit hosts didn’t want him there. He was told he could not stay even if he stopped distributing pamphlets, Brandenburg said in an email.

After he left the conference, he wrote this post on his blog:

So much for freedom of speech.


Here is his blog:

So much for freedom of speech… … if it goes against the agenda of the ultra-rich and their acolytes, one might somehow suspect.

Let me also point out that DCQ is a Gates-funded group. Arne Duncan, and Michelle Rhee are both on the agenda of this conference today as speakers… I have been highly critical of them and have given the press and the public access to a lot of data that I could only find by pretty hard searching myself, and that most likely, most other people wouldn’t have found out on their own. Data which shows that the goals and methods and conclusions of this Gates/Duncan/Rhee group are all mistaken at best or perhaps malign.

Nobody beat me up or anything, but I was only able to give out a dozen or so leaflets while I was standing near the front of the auditorium, just outside the Kinko’s where I had my leaflets copied. (Most expensive Kinko’s I’ve ever been to! DAAG! 20 cents per page, per side!) So these things I was giving away were worth forty cents each, plus tax. Man, I was being generous! (Or that’s what I should have said, but didn’t think of saying at the time.)


If you are interested, here is the flyer he was trying to give out at the conference. It is in pdf format.

Problems with using "data" to fix our long term school problems. Or Garbage In Garbage Out

I have seen some signs of Obama trying to give a little to keep progressives on board, but I have seen ZERO SIGNS that he is giving an inch on his rush to "reform" education. Arne is the golden boy indeed.

I have noticed that in DU3 there are some great posters in the Education forum, which is mixed in with the Economy forum. I have not seen anything about education on front page at all. That is a shame.

I am still posting about it at Twitter.

I also post about it at Daily Kos.

I hope someday there will be something about it on front page at the new site, but it won't be me anymore.
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