Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Oklahoman Hates Journalism Almost As Much As They Hate Teachers

May 28 Editorial

This fall, Freshman Journalism Students will be given a lesson early on regarding "Who, What, When, Where, Why and How" which are the very basics of Journalism. In Thursday's editorial "Bright idea: Urban schools seek curriculum reform" the fine folks at The Oklahoman start out by telling us people working in education are currently focusing on innovation, as that is what will get them stimulus money.

They go on to state their opinions on what would be good for children, sort of a peer suggestion thing, and then go on to forget about the basics of Journalism, as always. They tell us of "Administrators in Tulsa and Oklahoma City" who were "..talking about curriculum reform before the stimulus money became a conversation." Then they go on to state "...They’ve described a partnership with two well-known education groups to keep what’s working and change what’s not."

Who, What, When, Where, Why and How?!?!? Can you give us ANY details on these super top secret Administrators and extra-super top secret education groups? I doubt this would be a problem for national security if they told us, however it might be a problem for people like Brandon Dutcher. Or better yet as Sarah Knopp writes in her fine essay Charter Schools and the Attack on Public Education "...The tendrils of Corporate America reach deep into our schools via nepotistic contracts--from the $3 billion testing industry accelerated under No Child Left Behind, to McGraw-Hill and its Reading First program pushed through by the Bush administration..." So, disclosure will be a big problem for those guys as well.

In short, do not trust The Oklahoma with your children.

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