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

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Why Does Corporate Ed "Reform" and Arne Duncan Love the GA Model for Early Childhood?

Today the President is in Georgia trying to sell the corporate plan that he has bought for early childhood education in America.  Everyone at ED is hot for the Georgia Model.  Why?

Could it have anything to do with the fact that Georgia does not require a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, or even a Bachelors Degree?  Could it be related to Georgia's market friendly model that allows programs to sprout from most any dedicated edupreneur with a business plan?  Could it have anything to do with the fact that less prepared teachers make them more dependent upon the menu of corporate solutions that are being marketed across the state?  

Here is the impressive list of state-approved corporate "curriculum models" that must be used.  From the State website:

"NOTE: Pre-K classrooms must continue to use the currently approved curricula from the list during the 2013-2014 school year.
For more information, contact our Standards Coordinator, Laura Evans, atlaura.evans@decal.ga.gov or (404) 656-4711.
For your convenience, currently approved curriculum companies have provided one-page flyers describing their approved curricula. These are listed below by company name."

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