Fast, Cheap and Out of Control: The Long (and Very Lucrative) Search for Short Cuts in American Education

In the latest episode of the Have You Heard podcast (episode #49 to be precise), Jack and Jennifer explore the rich history of edu-preneurialism. Bob Hampel, author of Fast and Curious: a History of Short Cuts in American Education, steps into the studio to talk about edu-scams, past and present. Transcript available here. And in our special extended play version, available to our Patreon subscribers, we talk about teacher rating systems and the free-marketizing of public education. To get access to extended episodes, reading lists and more, just click on this little button!

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What the Sordid Saga of a Silicon Valley Start-Up Tells Us About #EdReform

While Have You Heard co-host Jack Schneider is off doing whatever academics do during months without an ‘r,’ Jennifer has been tearing through a blockbuster new book on the meteoric rise and implosion of Silicon Valley blood-testing startup Theranos. So what does the sordid saga of a blood testing company have to do with education? Writer John Warner steps into the Have You Heard studio to discuss Bad Blood and what it tells us about “bad ed tech” and “bad ed reform.”

Betsy DeVos’ Alternative Facts

From Common Core to Neurocore, the right candidate for Trumpian times…

Image result for neurocore brain trainingAfter Betsy DeVos’ rocky confirmation hearing performance, she quickly became fodder for memes and late-night comic commentary. But what ya’ll are missing is that DeVos herself is in on the joke. As she prepares to take her spot in the *highest IQ cabinet ever assembled,* she’s the only cabinet member who has a real stake in raising your IQ—by 12 points. DeVos knows that in this, the age of alternative facts, no one gives a hoot about the difference between *proficiency* and *growth.* The testimonial is where it’s at. So Neurocore, the biofeedback company that she won’t be giving up on, has no research behind it. Who cares??? Neurocore changed Charles C’s brain and changed his life, and it helped football player Kirk Cousins take his game to the next level. If the plural of anecdote is data, then the plural of testimonial is franchises. To the brain rooms, reader, we’ve got qEEG data to collect and a national expansion to plan. Continue reading →