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Patrick Walsh reviews “A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who in the Implosion of American Education.”
“Mercedes K. Schneider sets out to answer those questions. She does so with fierce intelligence, wit, an ocean of unearthed facts, and a vengeance. Schneider, who in very short order has established herself as one of the nation’s most profound and prolific education bloggers, has taught for 19 years in many grades in four states and is currently teaching high school English in St. Tammany Parish, La.
You can sense her pride in her profession in every word she writes, as well as her righteous rage toward those who would defile it. Schneider is also a Ph.D. in applied statistics and research methods, which, for people who like to bury information and obscure reality with numbers, makes her a force to be reckoned with.”
Today’s corporate education reform is not about education reform or testing. It’s all about the money.
This book needs to be read and to be shared – one shattering chapter at a time – with everyone who wonders what the hell this greed grab is doing to our children and the future of our society. High stakes testing? CCSS? Opt-Out? Teaching as a profession? The educational and emotional abuse of our children? The apathy of doing nothing as media propaganda intentionally confuses people about actual education issues by framing the arguments with confusing distractors? Schneider’s book addresses these and other questions as it exposes the billionaires, hedge funds, villainthropic foundations profiting by these tax-free investments, and the toadies in out legislatures that feed these abusive aims with tax dollars and mandates for our children.