What lesson is being taught to all of us by the abusive treatment and slaughter of young, black males in various locations across the nation?
Suburban Ferguson is the latest site of slaughter and police-state overreaction when “order” is disrupted after a police performed murder. Michael Brown is dead; he was murdered.
By now we must realize that for over a decade corporate education reform has demeaned children who are not college bound for whatever reason. As a matter of fact, even if the child is college bound, he or she may remain within a social profile marked as a failure. Poverty, race, gender, social status and other factors are cited as data for failures.
The failures of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and all brands of Common Core State Standards compliant high stakes tests are children.
Children labeled as failures presently seem to others as undeserving; they may even seem undeserving to themselves.
The cause and effect inferences of these highly profitable tests are unfounded and often deadly. No sane scientist would ever consider the raw data showing statistical correlation to be cause and effect without careful deliberation of all the defined factors. The education of a child is much more complex than anything CCSS is capable of measuring. It is important to keep in mind that CCSSO licenses all of its content for private profit.
The social condemnation of undeserving failures, our real-life children saddled with labels, has complex and horrific consequences. Stigmatizing “the undeserving” based on data driven categorization (profiling) leads to destruction.
“The truth is, these tests were designed to create a narrative of failure… It is no surprise that the results mirror the struggles and deep flaws in our society… The focus is on unproven standards and the tests that supposedly measure our student’s competency — written by the very people who profit from their use.”
– Julie Cavanaugh in the New York Daily News.
“Parents should take heart in knowing that the ‘college readiness’ proficiency scores have no connection with reality.”
– Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School on Long Island in the Wall Street Journal.
“As a public elementary school teacher in New York City, I see firsthand how kindergarten has become first grade. I am a huge proponent of preschool but not for the purpose of preparing kids for an unnaturally “rigorous” kindergarten experience so that they can meet the needs of the Common Core, as demonstrated by its developmentally inappropriate and uninspiring testing program… We all know that children develop at different rates, however the First Five Years Fund’s report fails to acknowledge our multiple intelligences. There is no mention of the whole child.”
– From Katie Lapham‘s Critical Classrooms’ blog.