Thursday, October 02, 2014

Breaking from the Status Quo of Reform

Dear colleagues and friends,

You are cordially invited to join the upcoming webinar/seminar on the Marketization and Privatization in Education seminar series in Vancouver. The next session, with Dr. Jim Horn, is on Breaking from the Status Quo of Reform.

Breaking from the Status Quo of Reform - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm on Thursday, October 16, 2014 (Pacific Time).

Professor Jim Horn (Cambridge College, the US)

This presentation has a twofold aim:1) to briefly trace the role of testing in moving the accountability movement in the direction of breaking the “public school monopoly,” and 2) to discuss the role of testing in creating new educational revenue streams and spreading paternalistic corporate welfare charter schools, whose motivations and payoffs are political, financial, and ideological. I will highlight some of the key points made in The Mismeasure of Education (TMoE) and share some recent research related to the directions I see for educational profiteering.  Some basic strategies to challenge corporate reformists and pedagogical antiquarians will be shared.

Jim Horn has taught twenty years in public schools and has served 14 years as a professor of Social Foundations.  He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, books, newspapers, and on the web.  His first book, The Mismeasure of Education, was co-authored with S. D. Wilburn and published in 2013.  His second book on the total compliance charter school teaching model will be published in 2015.  He now resides in Cambridge, MA and is Professor of Educational Leadership at Cambridge College.  He blogs at Schools Matter, which he started in 2005.

For RSVP, assistance, or if you would like a video recording of the presentation, please send a message to Ee-Seul Yoon:

If you are attending in person, please come to Scarfe 308A, University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm on Thursday, October 16, 2014 (Pacific Time).

If you are joining the webinar, please go to and click “Join meeting” as a participant and enter Meeting ID: 305154344 

We will start the event at the scheduled time, 12:30 pm on Thursday, October 16, 2014 (Pacific Time), so please plan to arrive or join ten minutes earlier.  Please feel free to forward this email to whoever might be interested.