Will Public Education Survive the Next Administration?

“While the pubic remains largely in the dark, a massive upheaval of our public school system is well underway, and recent proposals from both major political parties indicate that the transformation will move full speed ahead regardless of who is elected president this fall.”

Save Maine Schools

Donald Trump has called Common Core a “disaster.” The leaked DNC emails refer to the standards as a “political third rail.”

At this point, however, the controversial standards may be more of a red herring than anything else.

While the pubic remains largely in the dark, a massive upheaval of our public school system is well underway, and recent proposals from both major political parties indicate that the transformation will move full speed ahead regardless of who is elected president this fall.

The new system is designed to expand the education market by allowing out-of-district providers (online programs, non-profits, local businesses, and even corporations) to award credit for student learning. At the same time, it doubles down on workforce development by aligning educational outcomes to the needs of industry leaders.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, students will “no longer [be] tethered to school buildings or schedules.”…

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An Expected Blow, but Painful Nevertheless

Citing that the ballot question was improperly certified by Attorney General Maura Healey,  the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled against allowing the ballot question over whether or not to end Common Core in Massachusetts to proceed.

Over one hundred and thirty thousand signatures were obtained. Volunteers spent hours of their time standing at supermarkets, attending town meetings; doing anything and everything in their power to get this initiative onto the ballot. As a reward for their efforts, they were silenced and spanked over a technicality.

One hundred and thirty thousand people wanting to get this initiative on the ballot is not a small number and is, in fact, well over the number of required signatures to move the initiative forward. Had the initiative landed on the ballot, it would have been successful. The previous Massachusetts standards were far superior to Common Core standards. There is no question about this, it is a widely accepted fact. That Common Core continues is a case of monied elitists using their power to silence the masses.

Given the amount of money to be made when the curriculum and testing, whether it be notorious high-stakes tests such as SBAC and PARCC or its more insidious, sneaky end-game plan Competency Based assessments, line up , it is no surprise that this happened. Never under estimate the amount of power and money behind this initiative. It’s not about what’s best for kids, it never has been. It has been about keeping the masses, of any shape, color or religion in line. Our country is in very serious trouble.

“You can fly with the eagles or soar with the turkeys.”

This is so true. We are raising a society of complacent worker bees who don’t know that it is OK to question, let alone actively seek to question things. As a parent and a teacher I find it very disappointing.

Get A Life

  • I recently read an article in Psychology Today that discussed the “dumbing down of America,” something I have witnessed for quite some time. Believe me when I tell you I am not an intellectual snob, although I do love to be around individuals that are interested in developing their minds. I am a very curious person and was brought up by a mother who encouraged me to broaden my horizons. She always advocated for finding people whom could bring me to a higher standard of consciousness rather than those who might bring me down. It reminds me of a quote I once heard by a motivational speaker “You can fly with the eagles or soar with the turkeys.”
    Bill Keller, writing in the New York Times states, “Realty TV and pop culture presented in magazines and online sites claim to provide useful information about the importance of the Housewives of…

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