Archive | October 2013

Bessie on Breaking the Set @ RTV (Previous Appearance)

I just had my second interview with the illustrious Abby Martin on Russia TV America’s BREAKING THE SET.  It should be online early next week.  In the meantime, here’s a previous interview, focused on Obama’s Drone Warfare … in our schools.

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A Model T Education: Public Schooling on the Assembly Line

One of my essays from earlier this year, which links well into an upcoming media appearance…

Mass production is a problem the auto industry solved over 100 years ago,” veteran education reporter Jonn Merrow narrates over grainy images of Model Ts being rolled out of a factory in his most recent PBS NewsHour report. He observes that with the Model T, Henry Ford’s innovation was not in creating a quality car, but in constructing an assembly-line which could mass-produce them, providing this once cutting edge technology affordably to the public. “But it’s an issue our education system has yet to figure out. Nobody has figured out how to mass-produce high-quality, cost-effective schools,” Merrow mournfully concludes – public education has yet to discover its “Model T.”

In other words, Merrow – who has been reporting on education for forty years – is saying public education should aspire to the assembly line of the 1920s.

Perhaps the Mayans were right.

The last few years have felt like the beginning of the end of public education: it’s not just neo-con think tanks and billionaire industrialists calling for the end of public schooling as we know it, even our Public Broadcasting System is airing reports that our public schools aren’t acting enough like productive, efficient, and profitable factories[i]

Read more @ Truthout

http://truth-out.org/news/item/13732-a-model-t-education-public-schooling-on-the-assembly-line

The Gates Paradox – teaser

Here’s an excerpt from my upcoming essay!

Call it the Gates Paradox – the power of your voice in the “education reform” debate is proportional to the distance from the classroom (and your proximity to Silicon Valley), multiplied by the amount of money you earn.  Of course, each additional media outlet owned increases the influence by a factor of ten.

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Chronicle of Higher Education Review of ATM

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Arthur and I were honored that our non-fiction comic “Automated Teaching Machine” was reviewed in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  I never thought I’d write that sentence…

From Kafka to Computers, a Graphic History of

Automation in Education

By Megan O’Neil

As the debate about the role of technology in education builds, two California community-college professors have published their own commentary on the automation of teaching—in the form of an illustrated comic.

 The comic was published by the news site Truthout and has been circulating among faculty members on California community-college e-mail lists.
Read More:

http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/from-kafka-to-computers-an-illustrated-history-of-automation-in-education/46149

The Disaster Capitalism Curriculum: The High Price of Education Reform (with Dan Archer)

Last year, I had the honor to work with the illustrious illustrator and journalist Dan Archer on our series “The Disaster Capitalism Curriculum,” a three-part non-fiction expose of the reality of education reform at Truthout. Here’s a taste, with a real interview with a Washington DC English instructor:

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By Adam Bessie and Dan Archer. Courtesy of Truthout.Org

Part I focuses on Washington DC:
http://www.truth-out.org/art/item/9391-the-disaster-capitalism-curriculum-the-high-price-of-education-reform-episode-i

Part II on New Orleans:

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/10061-the-disaster-capitalism-curriculum-the-high-price-of-education-reform-episode-2

Part III on Finland (including an original interview with Pasi Sahlberg):

http://truth-out.org/news/item/10801-the-finnish-alternative-reclaiming-public-education-from-corporate-reform

Automated Teaching Machine: A Graphic Introduction to the End of Human Teachers

Human beings in the classroom? That’s SOOO 20th century.

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By Adam Bessie and Arthur King, courtesy of Truthout.org

Check out the full version of my non-fiction comic with the fabulous human artist and educator Arthur King at Truthout: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/17980-automated-teaching-machine-a-graphic-introduction-to-the-end-of-human-teachers

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