High stakes testing, CCSS, charter schools, etc. have the stated mission of “preparing students to successfully compete in today’s world marketplace.”
This is insanity. This is destructive for the child and the nation.
John Goodland discusses this in his Educational Leadership interview.
“We have convinced the American people that their kids must prepare for the high-tech economy… What have we done?
It’s interesting that we don’t really value education highly in this country. We value schooling. Schooling is a political entity subject to changing manipulations.”
Schooling that trains for today’s marketplace is a superb goal for corporate growth. It assures cheap, well trained labor.
The Walton family members – the incredibly wealthy Walmart heirs who pay their employees poor wages which assure that all taxpayers pay for their employees’ food stamps – are heavily invested in charters and online educational endeavors. This proves how very valuable training children for today’s marketplace actually is – for the Waltons.
Bill Gates, Eli Broad, and several other billionaires in the guise of philanthropists profit mightily by financing the “preparing students to successfully compete in today’s world marketplace” propaganda.
Schooling. Training. A hundred years ago, Great Britain’s Empire discovered that the markets for their cloth-mill products, run with child labor, were not going to continue in their profitability.
Buggy whip manufacturers and, later, matchmaking corporations in America also slowly disappeared as immense marketplace necessities. (Matchmaker employees handled slabs of phosphorus which slowly poisoned them; they died young.)
Education must prepare the mind for the future, whatever personal and job related challenges the child will face. Yes, personal and practical needs must be addressed for tomorrow’s adults. Our children deserve no less than this.
What exists that did not exist when today’s American third grader was born?
What jobs exist that did not exist when today’s third grader was born?
What ponderous problems exist today that did not exist when today’s third grader was born?
(Your homework is to google the information with a child at your side.)
Let’s stop the insanity of “preparing students to successfully compete in today’s world marketplace.” Refuse high stakes mandated tests.
Corporatizing and monetizing well tested and well trained children is not education. You know it, and I know it. Let’s let the entire general public know it as we refuse to be part of this child abuse cycle.
How can we refuse? Go to United Opt Out National for information.
If possible, attend or send a representative to the United Opt Out National Conference: Stand Up for Action in Fort Lauderdale, FL on January 16-18. Details HERE.
Organize. Refuse to continue the institutionalized abuse of our children.