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

Friday, December 05, 2014

Profiting from Preschool

 Comment posted in response to "Poll: Californians strongly in favor of preschool" Education Week December 4, 2014 and in response to "Poll shows support for high-quality preschool," EdSource, Dec, 2, 2014.

Preschool would be great if it were really preschool. But it is now "school." Preschool is now "academic," filled with academic standards and tests.  Every test given, (excuse me, every "assessment") is profit for the .001%. (Eager parents, in fact, can download preschool tests (see e.g.  tests available at the oddly named "have fun teaching" website: http://www.havefunteaching.com/worksheets/test-practice/preschool-test-practice.)

I suspect that at least some of the pious pronouncements we hear about the importance of preschool are because more children in preschool means more tests are given, and this increases profits for the testing industry.

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This post at: http://skrashen.blogspot.com/2014/12/profiting-from-preschool.html


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  2. Michael Fiorillo6:04 AM

    Gotta start compiling and monetizing those data sets asap!!!

  3. If the predators plan to profit from privatized preschool, kids will need to be sorted earlier and earlier. Notice how the banksters are writing in bonuses if fewer kids are in SPED following preschool. The new scam is in 'social impact bonds.' Of course, Arne is helping by starving Head Start- a plan only Nixon could dream about.