What Do Journolists and Education Reform Writers Have in Common?

What Do Journolists and Education Reform Writers Have in Common?

Forget the Facts: “Kill it, ignore it, call them haters.”

Outcry about public education and opposition to its current state consisting of

  • Common Core and its relatives: common core like state standards and assessments
  • Curriculum aligned to those assessments
  • Increased assessments in lieu of learning
  • Teachers being directed on how to teach
  • Data mining/tracking accessed by federal/state agencies and third party ‘researchers’
  • Emphasis on Social Emotional Learning and equity and less concern about academic learning
  • Increased use of technology which not only increases data mining/tracking but also wreaks havoc with school budgets
  • Data competency badges increasing the ‘need’ of the cradle-work pipeline
  • Increased alignment to a global set of educational reforms and policies
  • The rise of public/private partnerships in education policy/delivery which bypasses the need for local school boards, voters, and accountability

has been raised for many years.  What hasn’t happened is the cessation of these policies.  The Obama/Duncan agenda is quite similar to the Trump/DeVos plan of education.  If you have been studying education reform for some time, would you agree that neither the Democrats or the Republicans or even the  non-partisan players (school board members, school administrators, state education agencies)  care about the research you send them?  ESSA was adopted which did little to return local control of education to the states.  States must still ask ‘Mother, May I?” and federal funding is tied to ‘Mother’s’ approval.  The charter programs are still popular with legislators with public money being used by private organizations with no local accountability.  School boards are taught to utilize ‘group think’ and good luck to the rogue school board member who still naively believes he/she was elected to represent the local community.  Federally funded Regional centers (unseen and hidden from the daily school day from the voters) ‘advise’ states and school districts on how best to align to federal policies so as not to lose funding.

Education ‘research’ used to develop these policies is largely from organizations paid by the organizations reaping the benefits of this education ‘disruption’: Gates Foundation, Lumina, Google, Microsoft, ALEC, etc.  The education reformers extolling the virtue of Common Core like education and its baggage (technology, the implosion of FERPA, increased private/public partnerships) are paid for their public relations statements (masquerading as education research) by those same education organizations and the circle of control is complete as the politicians mandate those special interest policies.  It should also be noted that these reformers are bipartisan in nature.  It’s not solely a left/right concern.  It’s a non-partisan movement toward centralization and privatization[…]

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