Author Archives: Lloyd Lofthouse

About Lloyd Lofthouse

Lloyd Lofthouse earned a BA in journalism after fighting in Vietnam as a U. S. Marine. He then taught English and journalism in the public schools by day (for thirty years) and for a time worked as a maitre d' in a multimillion-dollar nightclub by night. Later, he earned a MFA in writing. He lives near San Francisco.

Michael J. Hynes: Beware the College Board Dragon!

David Coleman and Bill Gates got together, copulated, and gave birth to the Test Gods that destroy the lives of children and makes the lives of teachers miserable.

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Dr. Michael J. Hynes is superintendent of the Port Washington school district on Long Island in New York. He previously posted here his proposal for a new vision of education.

He writes here about the College Board, which has become the gatekeeper whose tests decide which students go to which colleges.

He writes:

The College Board Monster and Why It’s Time to $lay the Dragon (at least during a pandemic)

Michael J. Hynes, Ed.D.

Reader beware.I wrote a scathing diatribe about the College Board a few years ago. I have since updated it as we enter testing season this spring.

Before you read my thoughts about the educational sacred cow and standardized testing machine known as the College Board, you should know up front that I am no fan of the College Board CEO/President David Coleman who years ago was the architect of Common Core. I felt this way before the…

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Posted by on March 19, 2021 in Uncategorized


Network for Public Education: The Scandal of For-Profit Charter Schools

The K-12 “reform school” movement that abuses children and teachers is only there for the money.

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Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education, authored this powerful exposé of for-profit charter schools. The report names the nation’s largest for-profit charter chains, which profit not only from skimming tuition money, but from lucrative real estate deals and financial dealings with related for-profit corporations owned by the charter operator.

Between September 2020 and February, 2021, The Network for Public Education identified more than 1,100 charter schools that have contracts with one of 138 for-profit organizations to control the schools’ critical or complete operations, including

  • management, personnel, and/or curriculum. Patterns of for-profit management companies directing schools to their related real estate and service corporations is more the rule than the exception among these schools. Chartered for Profit: The Hidden World of Charter Schools Operated For Financial Gain exposes how for profit education management organizations use charter schools to direct funds away from children to the pockets…

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Posted by on March 17, 2021 in Uncategorized


10 Year Assessment of Education Reform in DC — a Fraud, says its former director of assessments, Richard Phelps

The billionaires and oligarchs behind the public education reform movement are All frauds, liars, and corrupt. I say, OFF with their heads? Where are the guillotines that were used in the French revolution stored?

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Stolen from Valerie Jablow:

Looking Back on DC Education Reform 10 Years Later, Part 1: The GrandTourbyValerie Jablow

[Ed. Note: As DC’s office of the state superintendent of education (OSSE)seeks a waiverof PARCC testing again (recall that OSSE waived PARCC last school year due to the pandemic) and the DC auditor just released abombshell reportof poor stewardship of DC’s education data, it is time to revisit how standardized test data, teacher evaluations, and harsh school penalties were united by ed reformers in DCPS under mayoral control. This first-hand account of what went down in DCPS, the first of two parts by semi-retired educator Richard P. Phelps,appearedin Nonpartisan Education Review in September 2020 and is reprinted here with permission. The author thanks DC budget expert Mary Levy and retired DCPS teacher Erich Martel for their helpful comments in the research of this…

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Posted by on March 12, 2021 in Uncategorized


Why did America’s Founder include this Oath in the U.S. Constitution?

What is the difference between a patriot, a loyalist, and someone willing to defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies foreign or domestic?

Lloyd Lofthouse

U.S. Constitution: Article II, Section 1, Clause 8:

“Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

For those that are elected to the U.S. Congress or those that join the U.S. military or a federal law enforcement agency, there is a similar oath.

5 U.S. Code§ 3331.Oath of office

“An individual, except the President, elected or appointed to an office of honor or profit in the civil service or uniformed services, shall take the following oath: “I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true…

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Posted by on February 21, 2021 in Uncategorized


ALERT! Red State Governors Push DeVos Privatization Agenda As They Celebrate “School Choice Week”

Wake up! The Republican Party wants to destroy OUR democratic public schools and steal OUR money that funds those schools.

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Betsy DeVos made the goal of school choice clear: Shift public dollars away from public schools and transfer them to privately managed charter schools, online schools, for-profit schools, home schools, and vouchers for religious schools. She never supported public schools. Her actions emboldened her followers in Red States to make a full frontal attack on public education. Please share this information on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. Alert your friends and colleagues. The attack on public education rolls on, despite the overwhelming evidence that charter schools do not get better results than public schools unless they cherrypick their students, and voucher schools get worse results, while most avoid accountability and transparency.

The Red State governors want to fund failure, instead of adequately and equitably funding their most important responsibility: the public schools.

In this article, Carol Burris–with research assistance of Anthony Cody and Marla Kilfoyle–of the Network for Public…

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Posted by on January 29, 2021 in Uncategorized


Sweden and the Damage Done by Free-Market Reforms

For the free-market system of K-12 education, profits count more than education and students.

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Larry Cuban turned his blog over to retired Swedish teacher Sara Hjelm, a reader of his blog, who took the opportunity to warn American readers about the dangers of the free-market reforms adopted in Sweden.

Sweden adopted the “reforms” in 1992, allowing families to choose any school, public or private, and send their child there with his/her taxpayer dollars. It is the “backpack full of cash” theory behind the demand for school choice, as advocated here by Betsy DeVos and Jeanne Allen of the Center for Education Reform. The voucher system has led to a growing industry of private, for-profit schools, called “free schools.” Two of the companies that run “free schools” are listed on the stock exchange. They are comparable to our charter schools.

Hjelm writes:

The huge private for profit school companies exist on all these levels, competing for student vouchers. Largest part is in the upper secondary…

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Posted by on January 9, 2021 in Uncategorized


The American Prospect: Proposals for Biden’s Day One Progressive Agenda

Will President Biden do anything to fix the public education mess started by President Reagan’s lies in his “A Nation at Risk” Report, and continued with Bush #1, Clinton, Bush #2, Obama, and Trump?

The United States once had a public education system that was the envy of the world. Even China sent people to study our K-12 public education system to learn how to improve public education in China. But that was before Bush #2 declared total war on K through college public education that every president since has continued.

It’s time to rebuild America’s public education system from Kindergarten on up.

First, President Biden must support teachers’ unions and put teachers in charge of decisions in the classrooms just like Finland does.

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The American Prospect has advice for Joe Biden about how he can make dramatic changes on Day One.

Pick your topic: Corporate taxes, the War on Terror, student debt.

Everything is here except for what he can do on Day One to help American education. He can end the Reign of Error of NCLB, Race to the Top, Every Student Succeeds Act, and Common Core. On Day One, he could waive all federal testing mandates for 2021. That would be a start.

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Posted by on January 4, 2021 in Uncategorized


Dr. Leslie T. Fenwick for Secretary of Education

Here is the person that should be the next Secretary of Education. She knows how to clean up the mess left behind by Betsy the Brutal-Beast DeVos and Traitor and Serial Liar Donald Trump.

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President-Elect Joe Biden will soon announce his choice for Secretary of Education. He promised to choose a person with experience as a teacher. He said he wants a Secretary who is committed to public education. Here is my choice.

I can’t think of anyone better qualified to be Secretary of Education than Dr. Leslie T. Fenwick, other than Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, who is chair of the Biden education transition team and has taken herself out of the running.

Dr. Leslie T. Fenwick is Dean Emeritus of the School of Education at Howard University.

She has been a teacher, a teacher educator, a scholar, and a dean. She taught middle school science in Toledo, her hometown.

She understands the most important needs of American education: adequate and equitable funding; experienced teachers; and a commitment to equity and inclusion.

I have watched her lectures online, and I was blown away by her wisdom…

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Posted by on December 21, 2020 in Uncategorized


Bob Shepherd: The Standardized Testing Hoax

The High Stakes Test con game: Nothing that students do on (profitable) high stakes tests even remotely resembles what real readers and writers do with real texts in the real world.

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Bob Shepherd, a frequent commenter here, has been a curriculum writer, as assessment developer, a publisher, and a classroom tea her. As frequent readers of this log know, he is also a polymath, with a broad, nearly encyclopedic range of knowledge.

In this essential post, he explains why standardized testing is invalid and useless for accountability purposes.
They do not measure what they claim to measure.

Here is a brief excerpt from a brilliant explanation:

Nothing that students do on these exams even remotely resembles what real readers and writers do with real texts in the real world. Ipso facto, the tests cannot be valid tests of actual reading and writing. People read for one of two reasons—to find out what an author thinks or knows about a subject or to have an interesting, engaging, significant vicarious experience. The tests, and the curricula based on them, don’t help students to do…

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Posted by on December 4, 2020 in Uncategorized


President-Elect Biden: Keep Your Promises!

President-Elect Biden MUST keep all of his campaign promises about public education?

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During the campaign, Joe Biden made clear commitments to support community public schools. He promised transparency and accountability for privately managed charter schools, as well as a ban on federal funding for charters operated for profit. He also unequivocally took a stand against standardized testing in a public meeting with hundreds of educators in Pittsburgh. NPE board member Denisha Jones asked him at that time if he would commit to ending standardized testing in the schools. He unequivocally said yes.

The Network for Public Education, joined by dozens of other groups, calls on President-Elect Biden to keep his promises.

To add your group’s name, contact NPE.

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Posted by on November 22, 2020 in Uncategorized