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Clue #1 that this is anti-public school: Sounds wholesome and caring
"The Nellie May Foundation is for anyone looking to put students at the center of education."
Clue #2: Pushes the term, "College & Career Ready."
Clue #4: Encourages a data driven classroom.
Ask yourself, "Which ideas would elite private schools implement?"
A. Throw out grades
B. Competency-based education
C. Authentic Assessment
CORRECT ANSWER: C
Authentic assessments are local, teacher designed research projects that students perform to demonstrate their knowledge in various learning styles.
They often steal language that was developed by teachers, like when they use the term, student centered.
Watch this propaganda video to see how these marketing experts try to persuade us that public schools are old fashioned and that computer programs and online learning personalize education (as opposed to teachers). Key clue warning phrases are, "Students work at their own pace," and "Learning happens anytime, anywhere."
The video makes a claim that all four principles it mentions MUST work together for learning to happen. It states, "This is not an a la carte approach." (Read: this is a standardized approach.)
The more you know, the more you see the pattern. Please communicate with your school administrators and school board members when you see the clues. We must speak up and stop the infiltration of corporate reform ideas in our schools. Remember, if America's best private schools aren't implementing these ideas, neither should America's best public schools.
It can be tough to know who to trust these days... know the clues.