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More Education “Reform” From Those Who Created “No Child Left Behind.” Corporations Win, Teachers Lose
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Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 7/24/15
SPECIAL NITE CAP CORPORATE ED REFORMSmart ALECs or Wise Guys? Either Way, They Pose a Threat to Public Education - California Teachers AssociationSmart ALECs or Wise Guys? Either Way, They Pose a Threat to Public Education - California Teachers Association: SMART ALECS OR WISE GUYS? EITHER WAY, THEY POSE A THREAT TO PUBLIC EDUCATIONA syndicate of self-styled rich, smart guys has in mind killing of






More Education “Reform” From Those Who Created “No Child Left Behind.” Corporations Win, Teachers Lose

More Education “Reform” From Those Who Created “No Child Left Behind.” Corporations Win, Teachers Lose:

More Education “Reform” From Those Who Created “No Child Left Behind.” Corporations Win, Teachers Lose






Here’s something to ponder: who is in a better position to determine what is best for students? The dedicated, professional classroom teacher who has spent years actually educating and working with school children, or a politician who hasn’t set foot in a public classroom since graduating from high school (but who in all probability, is getting campaign contributions from private corporations seeking to take over public education)?
It’s a battle that’s been going on for decades – and it’s not going to end anytime soon. Many teachers working ten to fifteen years ago who are still in the profession (and there are relatively few) still recall the travesty known as “No Child Left Behind”. The bill was signed into law by George W. Bush in January 2002.  Under the law’s provisions, any public school receiving federal funds are required to administer annual statewide standardized tests.  If students do not achieve acceptable scores, and fail to make “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP), the school risks losing its federal funding. In many states, teacher pay and tenure has been tied to student performance on these standardized tests.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why this leads to the practice of “teaching to the test.” Instead of stimulating students’ natural curiosity with engaging subject matter and encouraging critical thinking skills, teachers wind up drilling them on how to game the system by being successful test-takers. And who can blame them? After all, their jobs are on the line.
Small wonder that by the time students reach 9th grade  most of them hate school and find it irrelevant. At the same time, many excellent teachers who were once passionate about education burn out and move on to less stressful occupations.
Of course, it’s not bad for everyone. Private corporations that have designed and published these tests have made a fortune by selling them to school districts for $35 – $50 a pop. Furthermore, because they are private entities, they are completely unaccountable to the public.
For better or worse, the next round of “education reform” is on its way.
Currently, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act is up for reauthorization before Congress. Educators have long pointed out how the original law set up the majority of public schools for failure. They are More Education “Reform” From Those Who Created “No Child Left Behind.” Corporations Win, Teachers Lose:

Rog Lucido's New Book: "Restoring Sanity to the Classroom" - Living in Dialogue

Rog Lucido's New Book: "Restoring Sanity to the Classroom" - Living in Dialogue:

Rog Lucido's New Book: "Restoring Sanity to the Classroom"





An excerpt from Horace (Rog) Lucido’s new book, “Restoring Sanity to the Classroom: Eliminating the Testing Mania.”
It seems like education is on a never ending quest to be ‘reformed’. The current trend began with the successful USSR’s orbiting of Sputnik on October 4, 1957 and reached a crescendo in 1983 with the publication of ‘A Nation at Risk.’ This flawed report spoke of a ‘rising level of mediocrity’ in our schools when in fact the evidence it cited was greatly skewed towards that desired outcome.
False conclusion
Engendering public fear, the message continues today: ‘American students are behind those of many countries. Our dominance of military and economic strength is on the decline. We are losing our competitiveness.’ The root cause of this false conclusion was laid at the feet of our schools by the U.S. corporate world. But when viewed from an international perspective our perceived ‘plight’ was due in fact not to schools but to American social, business, and political failings.
No correlation
The World Economic Forum researchers have concluded that the U.S. economic competitiveness has weaknesses. The report reads that the “weaknesses include the business communities’ criticism of the public and private institutions, that there is a great lack of trust in politicians, and a lack of a strong relationship between government and business. And the U.S. debt continues to grow.”
The relationship is moot
According to the World Economic Forum, student test scores on international tests in reading, mathematics and science were not even mentioned as connected to the weakening of the U.S.’s ability to Rog Lucido's New Book: "Restoring Sanity to the Classroom" - Living in Dialogue:

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