We speak with two educators, Stephen Krashen and Timothy Slekar, about the newest federal legislation on education, the so-called “Every Student Succeeds Act.” Hidden in the more than 1,000 pages are provisions that will undercut the profession of teaching. We discuss why and how education is under attack, not just in the United States but globally, and what teachers are doing to fight back and create the high quality education that children deserve.
Relevant articles and websites:
How Educators Should React to ESSA by John Thompson
“Common” Goal: Corporate Ownership of Public Education and Our Children’s Futures (Part I) by Morna McDermott
“Common” Goal: Corporate Ownership of Public Education and Our Children’s Futures (Part II) by Morna McDermott
As Protests Rise over High Stakes Tests, More Students Likely to Opt Out by Kathy Boccella
Stephen Krashen is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. He is best known for developing the first comprehensive theory of second language acquisition, introducing the concept of sheltered subject matter teaching, and as the co-inventor of the Natural Approach to foreign language teaching. He has also contributed to theory and application in the area of bilingual education, and has done important work in the area of reading. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from UCLA, was the 1977 Incline Bench Press champion of Venice Beach and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is the author of The Power of Reading (Heinemann, 2004, second edition). His recent papers can be found at his website.