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Teach in on Friday, April 11 with Morna McDermott from United Opt-Out

by on April 4, 2014


Morna McDermott

United Opt-Out National

When Advertising Replaces Research:
The Corporate Agenda for Public Schools, Why You Should Care, and What You Can Do About It
Friday, April 11th, 6:00pm
Grace Dodge Dining Hall
Teachers College, Columbia University

This teach-in provides an overview of how corporate interests have created a model for “predatory” reform for public education. Under the guise of “accountability” and “rigor,” students are being turned into “human capital,” therefore increasing racist and classist outcomes while yielding enormous profits and power for those wielding the decision-making power.

The democratic project of public education (while historically far from delivering on its promise) is moving in the wrong direction, eroding our democratic and human rights. The teach-in will focus of three basic points: 1) creating the corporate narrative and the power of “story telling” 2) how and why private financial and political interests dominate our policy landscapes and 3) what you can do, an overview of the opt out movement–what the movement is and why you should join.

And PLEASE STAY after the teach-in, as we will have an Our TC gathering to follow at 7:00pm. Please feel free to bring drinks and hang out to hear the latest from our student movement. 


Morna McDermott is one of the founding organizers of the group United Opt Out National-the campaign to end corporate reform and high stakes testing.  She is also an educator and teacher educator of 25 years, both in K-12 and currently in teacher education as Associate Professor at Towson University. Her research and publications span the scope of education policy, curriculum, arts, and social justice. She maintains a regular blog at

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