ACT for kindergarteners is a form of corporate education reform greed that is so bad as to defy explanation. Let’s accept that as a challenge. Let’s attempt to explain this most recent abusive targeting of our children for the private profit of multinational corporations and hedge fund managers.
The degree of hype a company uses often determines its profits. Advertise by using paid experts as toadies. Pay media sources to use ads as press releases. Get the fast buck and to hell with the consequences from the product.
Our kindergarteners will suffer the consequences. Suffer the consequences.
Most parents are not professional educational experts. Those who want their children to have as many educational benefits as possible are actually quite normal parents. Parents generally want what is best for their children.
Put corporate hype together with what most parents want for their children, and let the buyers beware. Especially when the money comes from tax funds intended for public education.
“It’s a multimillion dollar project, ACT officials said, but will be affordable and easily accessible. Schools won’t be compelled to use the new tool, but Erickson said he anticipates that entire states or groups of states will choose to utilize it. The tool can be customized to include state-specific benchmarks and other performance measures.”
– Huffington Post
H/T for John Dillon
(In plain English, this means that ACT testing for kindergarteners will be mandated in states by legislators who will receive big bucks contributions for their re-election campaign funds, not to mention all the other special benefits handed to them.)
In addition, Dr. Rene Hackney, the Child Psychologist for Parenting Playgroups Inc., tells parents all she wants them to believe.
Read and view both the ACT article and her interview at Huffington Post .
Of course, the ACT corporation has its own legal disclaimer. So, realize that ACT is well aware that test validity (measuring what it is supposed to measure) and reliability (reproducible results of valid tests) are not what ACT guarantees.
“Remember that any test is only a small sample of your skills and may or may not accurately represent your true level of competence. While ACT suggests that an individual’s score on this test cannot be taken as a predictor of future accomplishment, the skills CAAP measures are important for functioning in society and for doing additional college work.”
Just in case the highly touted Common Core State Standards, a non-governmental company/agency, are called into question, it also has its own disclaimer on its own page. The disclaimer is so important, CCSS itself posts it in all CAPS.
THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS ARE PROVIDED AS-IS AND WITH ALL FAULTS, AND NGA CENTER/CCSSO MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTIBILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NONINFRINGEMENT, ACCURACY, OR THE PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF ERRORS, WHETHER OR NOT DISCOVERABLE.
How bad is this testing and training for the children who have it inflicted on them?
Most parents read parenting magazines that sell advertising space and post corporate education reform press releases as articles. These ads and articles promote this same Corporate Industrial Complex thrust. (One state recently paid the U.K.’s Pearson Corporation $1 billion for a PARCC contract in spite of the company’s repeated failures in testing 6 to 10 million American children.)
The reality of what our children need to flourish is available from real education experts from around the world, experts who have no financial allegiances to corporate interests.
In the U.K. the importance of following the natural learning needs of children is reported in detail.
The Scandinavian countries have made their childhood education experiences pure science combined with arts of educational excellence.
The negative consequences for programmed lessons inflicted on young children are explained in this 16 minute Ted Talk. (Warning: this is about causes of childhood depression and anxiety.)
Please fight the urge to buy into the early childhood and kindergarten education hype by multinational corporations and their hedge fund managers.
Our children experience childhood only once. They were never meant to be guinea pigs for corporate testing profiteers.