Sunday, September 29, 2013
Child poverty rates continue to hover somewhere between 31% and 41% in Indianapolis - Marion County depending on the demographic group one is examining. Here is the kicker. The poverty rate in Indiana is at 22% for children. Don't tell me that education policy makers do not know about the effects of poverty on the cognitive development of children. We've known for a long time it has detrimental effects to their developmental growth! What have state policy makers done to support children of poverty in schools? They coerced children into trickle down, data driven Pavlovian learning experiences with mandated high stakes testing and closed Indiana public schools utilizing flawed accountability gimmicks!
Despite public outrage from Bennett's A-F grade tampering scandal, there is reason to be concerned about new trouble from Indiana education policy makers.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Education Nation: Lloyd Blankfein Responsible for Increasing Child Poverty Rates Is Apparently An Education Expert
Apparently NBC forgot who one of the principals responsible for the Great Recession was.
The last time I watched NBC's Education Nation, there were no, I repeat, NO public education classroom teachers on the program. There were however, a host of corporate reformers and talking heads that have an agenda. The agenda? Privatize public education. Don't count on NBC making any changes to their 2013 edition of this propaganda ploy.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
What happens when questions sent in by an audience of parents are edited and screened because they do not coincide with the school board's agenda?
One audience member, a concerned father spoke out about his concerns on the Common Core. This is what happened:
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Thursday, September 19, 2013
|Rupert Murdoch, McGraw-Hill and Pearson have spent millions lobbying U.S. policymakers in order to develop and administer high stakes tests on unsuspecting American children.|
New Learners of the 21st Century is a slick edu-propaganda piece to promote the message that creativity development is alive and well in this day and age of high stakes testing. The only problem with this message is that creativity development in schools is giving way to high stakes test preparation and the arts are on the chopping block. No doubt about it.
When teachers jobs depend on high stakes test scores, you can darn well bet, creativity development is going to take a back seat to test prep. The U.S. Dept. of Education has no comprehensive data on fine arts cuts or the amount of creative work children do in U.S. Schools and would not release such data because the American Public will shriek at the lack of such vital learning experiences.
One thing this documentary fails at is providing a comprehensive look at electronic portfolios. If the MacArthur Foundation is serious about creativity development, they will examine electronic portfolios as an alternative to high stakes testing.
The last time I checked the latest neuro-cognitive research, human beings still learn best through multi-sensory experience. Multi-sensory learning experience is something children are not receiving enough of in school. Instead they are working iPads and computer based multiple choice answers and other selected response assessments, a form of educational assessment John Dewey abhorred.
Another Dewey quote should really be examined by reformers: "Education is not preparation for life. Education is life."
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
What Does High Stakes Testing Do To The Formative Minds Of Children? As Long As There Is Money To Be Made, Rupert Murdoch Doesn't Care.
Predatory capitalists like Rupert Murdoch have no problem selling to an unsuspecting public the idea that high stakes testing and data driven instruction is a necessary part of children's education. Educators who understand child development know better. Quick question: What is the effect of incessant, mind numbing high stakes testing and narrow test prep curriculum coerced onto children masquerading as education reform?Not only do high stakes testing events induce toxic stress on the formative minds of children, the whole curriculum gets screwed up! High stakes testing forced on children is a really dumb idea.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Why Would A Policy Maker Deploy the TFA Learning Experience On Unsuspecting Children and Communities?
scab labor force. With a cheap pool of eager, young bodies to throw into the classroom who will unwittingly take direction from corporate overlords, TFA recruits hired to work in newly formed charter schools, burn out quick and move on asap, displacing professional veteran teachers who are forced out of public school settings because of school closings due to manufactured funding crises. Here is how it works:
So now we know. Despite the altruistic drivel and gibberish that spews from the lips of corporate deformers, it's really all about something el$e.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
scientific evidence that poverty affects children's neuro-cognitive development and then has the arrogance to threaten school communities with the "DEATH PENALTY!"
Monday, September 2, 2013
Koch Brothers: Masters of Influence Peddling, Creating Education PoliciesThat Are BAD for Children!!!
been ignored by education deformers like the Koch's who are founding members of ALEC and masters of influence peddling. Today, American children are the World's most tested children. Not diagnostic testing but high stakes testing. Kindergarten students and primary aged children, whose cognitive capacities are barely formed are being subjected to high stakes standardized tests and subjected to a narrowed, damaging curriculum devoid of multi-sensory learning opportunities! Schools have no choice in this matter when they are subjected to A-F grading schemes that will determine whether or not they will be open based on their student's standardized test scores. The Koch's, their cohorts in education deform and their high stakes testing schemes are bad for American children, bad for education and bad for a citizenry who's existence is based on the capacity for independent thinking, entrepreneurship and a democratic way of life.