Ah school is out!
For Canadians not paying attention to what is happening in the land of hyper-capitalism regarding public education, this is for you. These simplistic noxious nostrums promoted by Republicans will soon show up here.Soon ? Look at PM Harper,Tim Hudak and Rob Ford.
The last decade has seen a ferocious attack in the USA on public education and unions. The worst offenders are the uber-capitalists who want into the lucrative market of a public good,education—text books, the horrible standardized testing and anything else associated with schools. Believe it or not two of the worst offenders are Obama and Bill Gates, obviously educational experts on child development, pedagogy and long years in a classrooom. Not! Throw in the billionaire New York mayor Michael Bloomberg another know-it-all infamous for his rudeness to the parents of school age kids. All these non-teachers are believers in those standardized tests as the almost sole definer of educational success.
The so-called reformers who actually hate public education and unions often use progresssive rhetoric to mask their reactionary goals of a charter school onn evry block.Constant tests show no differenee in performance but that does not dissuadw these people
Now there is spirited fight back led by parents who have been shoved aside by the experts. Many great teachers are resisting all over the sates. Recently the Seattle teachers refuse to minister the tests.
One of those educators leading the charge against standardized testing i is Diane Ravitch whose book is a must read.
The Death and Life of the Great American School System