Your child is being used and abused daily. Public education is in danger. Why?
How is the Common Core/ High Stakes Testing/ Privatization Hoax related to the Shock Doctrine that has been used worldwide to create austerity (sequestration) measures while shifting billions of tax dollars into the pockets of a few billionaires & their multinational corporations, hedge fund & equity fund managers and assorted tax free foundations?
Long question – short explanation.
Lance Fialkoff has the shortest, most focused description possible.
1) Manufacture crisis: budget, edu-performance and/or consequences of NCLB/grant compliance failure (measured against often unattainable standards)—>
2) Close neighborhood public schools—>
3) Replace with charter schools linked to private CMOs (Charter Management Organizations), corporate eduservice providers (Pearson) and for-profit online learning. Staff with TFA-temps and indebted recent college graduates—>
4) Real estate developers feast on the land once occupied by neighborhood schools—>
From the introduction, Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein:
5 articles about the crisis in the Philadelphia School System —>
Philadelphia Closes Schools, Opens a $400 million Prison
Broad Foundation in Philadelphia
Education Opportunity Network
NOTE: Lance taught Social Studies at Rumson-Fair Haven High School, Rumson NJ between 1986- 2001, and at Liberty HS in Sullivan County, NY, 2002-3.
He worked at LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America), a college access non-profit, as Director of the LEDA Scholars program and Director of Curriculum from 2004-2007.
Edgenics, as an e-curiculum designer in 2009.
Lance was an Educational Technology Resource Specialist with Ulster BOCES in New Paltz, NY (2010-12).
In 2003 he founded Musical Media for Education, linking educators and performing artists to create original educational music. (www.mm-ed.com)