Education Advocates & Activists

Susan Ohanian
Winner of the 2003 NCTE George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language. Susan is a journalist, an author on educational issues, child advocate and a crusader for person centered/democratic educational policies and programs. She vigorously criticizes both the NCLB legislation and the Business Roundtable as “undermining democracy” and its educational institutions. I strongly recommend signing up for Susan’s daily e-mail survey of educational news, including her pointed commentary and NCLB OUTRAGES. AN NCLB MUST-READ
Jerry Mintz, founder of The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO)
"AERO is a branch of the School of Living, a non-profit organization founded in 1934 by Ralph Borsodi. AERO's goal is to advance student-driven, learner-centered approaches to education. AERO is considered by many to be the primary hub of communications and support for educational alternatives around the world. Education Alternatives include, but are not limited to, Montessori, Waldorf (Steiner) Choice, Democratic, Homeschool, Open, Charter, Free, Sudbury, Holistic, Virtual, Magnet, Early Childhood, Reggio Emilia, Indigo, Krishnamurti, Quaker, Libertarian, Independent, Progressive, Community, Cooperative, and Unschooling. One of AERO's areas of expertise is democratic process and democratic education, but equally important is the networking of all forms of educational alternatives. It is through our work and mission that we hope to create an education revolution."

List and description of over 12,000 learner centered alternatives
Alfie Kohn
Described by Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades (and) test scores.” His THE CASE AGAINST STANDARDIZED TESTING: Raising the Scores, Ruining the Schools is AN NCLB MUST-READ. Click on “Standards and Testing.”
Fair Test
FAIR TEST: The National Center for Fair & Open Testing “Works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial.” Your click will lead you directly to a wealth of information on NCLB. AN NCLB MUST-READ
Kathy Emery, author and activist
Her website “provides analysis and curriculum materials that can help community-based movements implement democratic goals in our public schools.” Please note Dr. Emery’s articles and books, for example, her comprehensive online history of alternative schools in the U.S.
Jim Horn
 Educator and originator of the weblog Schools Matter that includes daily commentaries regarding the testing “blitzkrieg …aimed at dismantling a public education system that took almost 200 years to build.” Jim teaches graduate Foundations of Education and Education for Democracy at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. His blog also has a number of friendly links. AN NCLB MUST-READ

The Educator Roundtable
 “NCLB isn’t going to get us anywhere we want to go.” Doug Christensen, Nebraska Commissioner of Education AN NCLB MUST-READ Sign the Petition Calling for the Dismantling of the NCLB Act.
Eliminate NCLB (No Child Left Behind)
“dedicated to eliminating NCLB and protecting a child’s right to a quality education.” Please take special note of the section entitled Why Eliminate NCLB? AN NCLB MUST-READ
Coalition for Better Education
“started by a group of aspiring teachers from the University of Northern Colorado” -- Goals: “To Raise Awareness about the costs of CSAP & NCLB/To Raise Awareness about No Child Left Behind (NCLB)/ To Empower Parents and Teachers.” AN NCLB MUST-READ
Elizabeth Jaeger
 Author of What Every Parent, Teacher, and Community Member Needs to Know About No Child Left Behind: a factual explanation of NCLB on the Oakland Education Association website. AN NCLB MUST-READ
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