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

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Participating in our own destruction

Priscilla Gutierrez posted this penetrating comment on Huff Post.

"I wonder how the medical profession would take the news that their standards of practice and efficacy were in need of reform, and that said reform would be orchestrated by a group of corporate CEO's and their minions in government with absolutely no medical experience, and only token input from doctors, nurses and medical practitioners would be utilized, if at all. Evidence of success would be measured by taking a patient's temperature once a year, on a particular day and time. Any indication of a fever, regardless of the source, would be considered abject failure and the doctor would be subject to either a discipline review or flat-out fired. Somehow I don't think it would go over too big. Yet as non-sensical as this sort of reform seems when applied to the medical profession, the same approach to education deform has overwhelming support from mainstream media, including Huff Post. What a tragic disservice is being done to our children and our grandchildren..."

My comment:

YES, THE MEDICAL PROFESSION WOULD NEVER ALLOW THIS. BUT THE LEADERS OF THE EDUCATION PROFESSION IS ALLOWING IT. In fact, our organizations are enthusiastically supporting it, and are even demanding to be included (see my previous post, "Test us too") hoping for a few dollars of stimulus money and a "seat at the table." Any invitation for a seat at the table will be an invitation to further participate in the destruction of American education.

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