Haven’t posted in a bit as I have been tied up doing a training. Back in the saddle now.
In the current hostile takeover of public education efforts by corporate and monied interests, a great many claims have been made by the “reformers” about the “woeful situation of the public schools.” Virtually all of these claims are demonstrably false (many of their examples are not; in such a large enterprise you can find examples of anything). Consider this critique of ex-Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s public education claims: “Honesty is Such a Lonely Word…”: Jeb Bush Lacks Credibility (Again)
So, wild and misleading claims are made (The sky is falling, the sky is falling!) and “solutions” are offered. One such “solution” is the Common Core State (sic) Standards that have been eviscerated quite nicely by, of all people, a botanist, see: Common Core Standards are “Curriculum Upsidedownia”
The motive for these takeover efforts (vouchers, charter schools, teacher’s unions vilification, teacher vilifications, Teach for America, etc.) is apparently to extract profits from the public purse while delivering public education. If one could explain to me how removing money from the educational system will improve quality, I would really appreciate it. (Please realize that this is not a competitive enterprise; we do not want winners and losers; we want all of our children to succeed, which makes education a cooperative/collaborative enterprise and profit motives do not work. As an example consider all of the scrap drives and volunteer efforts during WWII: if people agreed to participate only if they made money . . . we’d all be speaking German now.)
All of these efforts are based on misinformation, even disinformation, and what did the Founding Fathers provide us with to protect our democracy by making sure that we, the people, got enough good information to be able to make sound decisions? Ah, that would be the “Free Press.” It turns out, though that the press/news media aren’t “free” in that there are prices on almost every bit and the corporate interests have bought out most of these information sources and they clearly do not publish information that is not aligned with their goal of the corporations making even more money.
If you do not believe this is part of a plan, read the Powell Memorandum. Goggle it, download it, read it, read it again. President Reagan made sure his entire cabinet was aware of the Powell Memo. (Conservatives were so appreciative of Powell’s Memo, they gave him a Supreme Court seat. And these are the same people attacking tenure for teachers. Supreme Court Justices have tenure in spades.) In the Memo you will learn of their goals to geld the unions (Done!), control mass communications (Done!) and all the rest.
And, if for some reason, you don’t believe their efforts to effect the Powell Memo were successful, please consider that something on the order of 40% of Americans currently believe the federal budget deficit just keeps getting larger, when the deficit has shrunk faster than any previous time, including after World War II. This confusion is thanks to a Fox (sic) News and Republican Party misinformation campaign. (Gosh, do you think they are in cahoots?)
Wake up or get plowed under! The Barbarians are at the gates and unfortunately they are inside, keeping reality out.