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Wed Mar 30, 2016, 09:43 PM

Diane Ravitch: Education in Crisis and the Threat of Privatization

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/03/30/education-crisis-and-threat-privatization

Yes, education is in crisis. The profession of teaching is threatened by the financial powerhouse Teach for America, which sells the bizarre idea that amateurs are more successful than experienced teachers. TFA and the belief in amateurism has also facilitated the passage of legislation to strip teachers of basic rights to due process and of salaries tied to experience and credentials.

Education is in crisis because of the explosion of testing and the embrace by government of test scores as both the means and the end of education. The scores are treated as a measure of teacher effectiveness and school effectiveness, when they are in fact a measure of the family income of the students enrolled in the school. The worst consequence of the romance with standardized testing is that children are ranked, sorted, and assigned a value based on scores that are not necessarily scientific or objective. Children thus become instruments, tools, objects, rather than unique human beings, each with his or her own potential.

Education is in crisis because of the calculated effort to turn it into a business with a bottom line. Schools are closed and opened as though they were chain stores, not community institutions. Teachers are fired based on flawed measures. Disruption is considered a strategy rather than misguided and inhumane policy. Children and educators alike are simply data points, to be manipulated by economists, statisticians, entrepreneurs, and dabblers in policy.

Education has lost its way, lost its purpose, lost its definition. Where once it was about enlightening and empowering young minds with knowledge, exploring new worlds, learning about science and history, and unleashing the imagination of each child, it has become a scripted process of producing test scores that can supply data.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2016, 12:43 AM

1. Remember when Education was for...

 

learning and gaining wisdom. I do...now it is for profit...everything is for profit and in somethings (like healthcare and education and food) this is not a good thing.

Thank you for your post!

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Thu Mar 31, 2016, 12:52 AM

2. K&R. It's essentially education fraud not reform. I'm talking to you Michelle Rhee/Arne Duncan.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 31, 2016, 01:22 AM

3. arne duncan has been replaced

go to cspan - they recently aired a conference on education and the new czar was a speaker. the video is most likely still available and will probably be aired again over the weekend.

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