How many billions were wasted on ed tech and Common Core that might have been spent to reduce class sizes and improve teachers’ salaries or to encourage desegregation?"
However, there are no public schools that are safe, not even the ones in the leafy suburbs. Duncan showed us his hand when he came after white suburban moms who are well-educated and rejecting the neoliberal ed reform ideas, like weeks of high stakes standardized testing. New York state is the leader in opt outs, especially Long Island. About HALF of the students on Long Island opted out of their state tests this year. We knew he was full of it when he tried to discredit the moms. He misogynistically stated, “The opt out movement consists of white suburban moms who are disappointed to discover that their child is not as brilliant as they thought he was.”
Sorry, Arne. Moms seem pretty powerful to me.
We need to pay attention and question all of the latest and most "innovative" ideas that are creeping into our schools. We need moms (and dads – please dads, speak up with us) to ask the tough questions and demand our locally elected school boards stop the implementation of bad ideas that sound too good to be true.
"There is a sucker born every minute." Don't let it be you.