"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Dope Crows in Brooklyn

The Secretary only visits charter schools, it seems. From the New York Times (ht to Ken Libby):

. . . .Mr. Duncan, who was joined by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein and the teachers’ union president, Randi Weingarten, said increasing the use of testing across the country should also be a spending priority.

“We should be able to look every second grader in the eye and say, ‘You’re on track, you’re going to be able to go to a good college, or you’re not,’ ” he said. “Right now, in too many states, quite frankly, we lie to children. We lie to them and we lie to their families.”. . . .

What the hell is he talking about??


  1. Anonymous3:09 PM

    What the hell is he talking about??

    He is talking about the one-size-fits-all College track that all American students are supposedly on, regardless of their effort level, ability, personal interest, or degree of committment.

    Politicians, Corporate school "Reformers" and School administrators use college as simply a "shiny thing" to wield as a sales-pitch device to poor families, in order to justify the entirely phony "reform" they promote.

    The simple fact that every person is unique, and not a "widget", is lost on these awful people.
    Education must be BROAD, and not narrow, to be effective for large, diverse groups of people, as we are now attempting to educate.

    These "pro-reform" swindlers manipulate the poor into supporting their corrupt "reform" by waving COLLEGE in their faces, all the while they promote a testing & Educational system built on a narrow edifice of short-answer, multiple-choice bits of information
    that represent the OPPOSITE of what actually is needed to foster REAL THINKING AND

    Using *College* as the glistening bait to swindle naive parents is at least a moral
    and ethical crime,
    if not an actual one.


  2. Anonymous11:52 AM

    Perimeter Primate,

    AndI return the heart.

    I read the top post on your TPP site, and you really nailed it on the connection between present Public School "reformers" and privatized prisons and military companies.

    And really pull Eli Broad's pants down, too.
    Good job!

    It really is all in the category of Naomi Klein "Shock-Doctrine" stuff.

    One part of our society is literaly cannabalizing
    another part, entirely for profit.

    It makes me wonder---Are America's Corporateers
    so unable to make any money at all producing actual products and services NEEDED by people, that the only way they can exist anymore is by sucking the lifeblood--Public TaxPayerFund$--From Public Institutions by deceptive, "rigged" means?

    Apparently so.

    Then the Corporateers must be dealt with
    on this basis---As a threatening, parasitic, HOSTILE force in America, rather like ticks, fleas and leeches.

    Works for me.


  3. LOL. My reaction too.

    I can only imagine what my reaction would have been as a second grader.