BURST OF LIGHT! A sudden jolt of revelation struck at the precise moment that I watched President Obama’s State of the Union Address. “Today in America. Teacher. Extra time. Student. Graduation rate. Highest levels.”
“Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Americans, today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest levels in more than three decades.”
The slower echo of truth followed after I had already leapt from my couch, bound to the TV, and pressed the off-button. Even though the remote lay next to me on the sofa, the moment of revelation caused me to react faster than a twitch of my thumb on a remote control device.
Revelations are like that!
I knew it would be best to afterward read and study what was said about education without all the TV sounds and images and additional topics having their distractive impacts on me. It has taken me hours and hours of trying to calm down after this revelatory event.
Education excerpts from the address: “Five years ago we set out to change the odds for all our kids. We worked with lenders to reform student loans, and today more young people are earning college degrees than ever before. Race to the Top, with the help of governors from both parties, has helped states raise expectations and performance. Teachers and principals in schools from Tennessee to Washington, D.C., are making big strides in preparing students with the skills for the new economy — problem solving, critical thinking, science, technology, engineering, math.
Now, some of this change is hard.
It requires everything from more challenging curriculums and more demanding parents to better support for teachers and new ways to measure how well our kids think, not how well they can fill in a bubble on a test. But it is worth it — and it is working.” Read the full text HERE.
Huh? Race to the Top, otherwise known as No Child Left Behind: the Sequel, is working?
Who, what, where, why and how were barely hinted at. There were no objective and meaningful supports regarding these statements.Who is involved in reality?
Common Core State Standards is a private, non-profit, non-governmental organization financially supported by Bill Gates and his nearly untaxable foundation along with other billionaires invested in corporate education reform. The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers are also private, non-profit, non-governmental organizations financially supported by Bill Gates and his nearly untaxable foundation along with other billionaires invested in corporate education reform. These investors are making billions of dollars of profit from federal, state and local tax bases via grants, contracts and tax give-aways.
Parent organizations across the nation are in open revolt against the entire high pressure form of child abuse called high stakes testing. The suicide and attempted suicide rate among grade school children is increasing dramatically. Governors and states across America are cutting free of RttT. Qualified, experienced teachers are losing jobs – careers – based on fixed test results. No verifiable and reliable improvements in American education are being made due to any of the organizations or the RttT program with its attached billion dollar tax initiatives (method of extortion?) and questionable motives.
There is a horrible and frightening disconnect between the message of the President’s address and reality.
“There’s nothing new about President Obama giving speeches in which he talks about school reform in ways that have little to do with reality, but there was something especially disconnected about the education rhetoric in his 2014 State of the Union speech.”
– Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post (Read HERE.)
Read Mike Klonsky’s Small Talk Blog HERE.
Read Fred Klonsky’s blog HERE.