The Alternate Universe of Common Core Reform
Welcome to the wonderful word of frustrated, intelligent, hardworking education advocates who spend countless hours researching, reading and blogging for no motive except protecting our children, their education, and their self-esteem. Some education reformers can't wrap their brains around the concept that some people work hard because they care, not because they are motivated by the Benjamins.
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Crazy Crawfish, from Louisiana. "His friends know him
as Jason France. He worked in the assessment division of the Louisiana Department of Education until he couldn’t stand it anymore."
It turns out that New Orleans is what folks call Ground Zero for education reform.
After the horrific destruction of the city by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, our "revered" Secretary of Education said, "the (hurricane was the) best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans."
Now Mr. Duncan labels people like me, who question his policies, “armchair pundits.” He states that people like me must live in an alternate universe for having our own perspectives on education. Ones that are very different from what he espouses.
I am not in an armchair, Mr. Duncan, or an alternate universe. I am in the classroom. I am proctoring your tests. I teach my students to question authority respectfully, which is what I do in this blog. It is what Crazy Crawfish does, too. The things he writes about below are headed our way, if we do not spread the word.
At the very least, we must slow down this destructive agenda.
I may not know the secret to fixing every school, but I know what doesn’t
Also: Closing the schools
Firing all the teachers
Busing all the kids hours away to new schools
Putting 50+ kids in a class
Stripping funding from them
Handing then over to profit centric people
Handing everyone an ipad instead of a good teacher
Forcing all disabled kids to take ACT
Charters with fascist mandatory marches
Narrowing curriculum to exclude arts, history, science
USED (United States Education Department)
Schools that teach creationism
Schools that treat kids like products instead of people
Mass school closings Etc
(Basically anything Arne Duncan does)
By opposing Arne Duncan, if we do nothing else, we are improving schools by delaying
him from destroying them.
This is all non-fiction, folks. Fact check it, read it, and weep. It is coming our way. In fact, much of it has already arrived. I can't wrap my brain around why our leaders want to take these steps backwards in progress. But it is up to us to tell them that we don't like what they are selling. We don't want it, we won't buy it, and we can't be fooled.