Class Warfare Blog

October 14, 2013

I Call Bullshit on Extreme “College Readiness” Efforts

The current corporate takeover of public education effort centers on the Common Core National Standards, renamed the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) after it was pointed out that the federal government was forbidden by law from promoting or requiring a nation curriculum or national standards. These standards, drafted with money from the Gates Foundation (and little other input) were designed to create college readiness/preparedness in all students, starting in kindergarten. The reason for this dramatic change? They claim that, in the future most jobs will require a college education.

Hello?

That was the old economy. Thanks to the effing plutocrats, we have a New Economy and it isn’t one based on a highly educated work force. Ask around to see what the unemployment rate is for recent college graduates; it ain’t low. Yes, we will need some college educated folks in the future, there is no doubt about that, but these so-called “reformers” are telling us all of our children are going to need a college education, which means they think that nearly all of their jobs will require such and this is just flat out wrong. One technician will serve the needs of keeping manufacturing robots running, rather than a whole bevy of highly skilled and educated technicians who used to operate the machines (which in turn replaced even more tool and die workers, which in turn replaced even larger numbers of blacksmiths, etc.).

Ask yourself this question: what do you do when a computer or other electronic device breaks or stops working? Do you take it in for repair or do you recycle it and just go buy another. (Ah ha, I thought so!) And where are those gewgaws made? Rarely in the U.S. And where do you purchase your replacement? Online? For every computer technician or systems analyst online retailers employ, they employ more shipping clerks. How much of a college education do you need to become a shipping clerk?

The jobs available in the U.S. are becoming less technical and more “service” oriented, meaning that in the future people will need to be able to serve customers by selling things, processing forms, giving directions, answering questions, etc. None of these things is going to require a college education. If you think so, you haven’t been paying attention.

So, not only is the approach of the CCSS hostile takeover folks an abomination, but their rationale is, too.

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