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

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The NY Times Editorial Board Stays Stupid on Status Quo CorpEd "Reform"

It was only a matter of time until the NY Times would put their full weight behind the extension of our nation's slow motion educational genocide.  As intentionally misleading and out of touch as ever, today the Times board of elites offers its latest miseducative opinionating on the ESEA reauthorization scramble.  

With the Tea Party House of Representatives pushing hard its version of ESEA that would turn Title I into a massive block grant that states could carve up and pass out to charter operators, there seems to be plenty to make any neoliberal corporation like the Times sharpen up its most poisonous pens.  But today's piece of dissembling says not a word about block granting ESEA but, rather, doubles down on in support of another generation of testing accountability as the civil rights issue of another generation. 

The Times seems oblivious to the testing boycott that escalates daily or the searing hatred among educators and parents for the Business Roundtable profiteers who lined up for another generation of corporate education welfare.  And as always they are oblivious to the facts or pretend that editorials are for making your own facts:
National test data clearly show that since the unpopular No Child Left Behind Act was signed in 2002, academic performance for the country’s students has improved and achievement gaps between white and minority children have narrowed.
Here below are a few charts from that NAEP "national test data."  Who's lying to whom?  

First, those "gaps," and below that the facts about "academic performance":


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