This space explores issues in public education policy, and it advocates for a commitment to and a re-examination of the democratic purposes of schools. If there is some urgency in the message, it is due to the current reform efforts that are based on a radical re-invention of education, now spearheaded by a psychometric blitzkrieg of "metastasizing testing" aimed at dismantling a public education system that took almost 200 years to build. JH August, 2005
Friday, August 17, 2012
Public Education Being Set on Fire
Colleges of education can no longer hide the truth about what's in store for future public school teachers.
Barbara Madeloni at UMASS Amherst led the fight against Pearson but the corporate control over schools of education continues. Who will want to teach in the new Walmart version of education?
I don’t know if I’ll be able to go into a full length post about “Teachers Rock” at the moment, for my mind is still trying to keep itself together. But, for right now, I will say I am incredibly saddened this is happening, and that so many are being fooled into believing this is something positive.
Of course I am going to keep battling on to work towards a better world, a place for educational equity…but I have to be honest, I am heavily discouraged right now. When people\current teachers would tell me, “I can’t believe you’re still going to be a teacher,” or when I’d receive e-mails and messages saying, “Do not go into the teaching field,” I never understood. Now I’m seeing why.
For the first time, I am struggling to get out of this idea that I have no chance against these big organizations that are able to keep flourishing and damaging our education system. Public education is being set on fire, and it is so sad how many people are just watching it burn and are absolutely ok with it. This just isn’t fair, it isn’t moral, and it makes me sick. It is not fair how many students of not only today but of our future are going to receive the impact from these constant attacks.
I know this doesn’t tell much about my reasoning why, but I just had to express my genuine feelings at the moment. I rarely get all touchy-feely-I-have-emotions-and-stuff on here, but I feel this is absolutely necessary.