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Ravitch views that as a travesty, especially since the data that are being used to condemn teachers and schools are neither reliable nor helpful. They cannot be counted on as either performance indicators or as guides for school improvement. But they can be counted on to undermine trust — a critical element in both society and organizations.
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I feel that “We, The People” have bought into the meme of “Gooferment Skrules” equates to “Education”. To use Covey’s metaphor, we are “leaning our ladder against the wrong wall”. Testing, teachers, and condemnation is all wrong.
The current education meme comes from Prussia where the objective was to create: cannon fodder, factory workers, and sheeple that can be led easily by the elite by separating parent and child on many levels. (Note where politicians and bureaucrats send their children to school!) The current schools system has parents, taxpayers, and the voters fighting over entirely the wrong issues. To the delight of politicians, bureaucrats, and those pigs that “dine” at the trough.
Gooferment is force. And, a monopoly on it. As it’s first — bedrock — operating — principle, it immediately spins out a whole load of “stuff” from it. Gooferment, at all levels, acts like it alone has the “charter” to “do” education. It’s corrupt, immoral, ineffective, inefficient, and just unacceptable.
corrupt: It takes children from their families and <silently, quietly, and sometimes overtly> propagandizes them into beliefs that their parents don’t hold, approve of, or support. And, after inflicting actual harm on the children’s minds and bodies, the Gooferment leaves the debris to the parents’ to clean up after. And, in the process there is a whole education complex that feeds off the children’s “jail time”.
immoral: Wealth is stolen from people to brainwash other people’s children. The ideas being “rinsed in” are often in direct opposition to their parents’ beliefs. And, the “Gooferment Skrules” are training the children for prisons.
ineffective: Even by ANY measure of the STATED objectives, “Gooferment Skrules” are a failure. Unless there are HIDDEN objectives which it suceeds at? “If the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan wanted to sabotage black academic excellence, he could not find a more effective means to do so than the government school system in most cities.” — Walter Williams
inefficient: By any measure, costs are increasing and results are plummeting. The news is filled with stories of bigger boondoggles and waste. Never mind that the feds and states extract a handling fee as money passes though their hands.
unacceptable: The Teacher’s Union has become the biggest political force in the National and State elections. Politicians and bureaucrats use children as hostages in the vaious debates.
We need the Separation of School and State.
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