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Fri Sep 26, 2014, 09:07 AM

 

Understanding Common Core is About Seeing a Much Larger Picture

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Reposted from Labor Movement Forum

>>>I was sitting in my doctor's office and after he interpreted my latest blood sugar results we got into a conversation about his new work regime.

He told me that he really did not like inputting all the data into his examination room computer. He said, "the HMO keeps telling me that all of the business with data imputing will make his job easier, but he is troubled by the time it takes away from his standard check-up." Most importantly, he says that "he likes to make eye contact with patients and to discuss what his gut tells him rather than what the numbers tell him."

I said that sounds very familiar, and I told him about VAM testing based on standardized scores based on the Common Core Curriculum. It was like putting several Blues Clues together. We both decided that it was not about quality, it was about measuring digital units that could be used by "upper management" to evaluate job performance. Our shared Eureka moment was not very heartening.
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The Common Core deskills the teaching profession by turning the teaching into a delivery machine. Relationships with students are to be ignored and replaced by the mechanical delivery of scripted lessons in a particular sequence. In effect, the teacher craftsman will be forced to work on an assembly line.
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Understanding Common Core is about seeing a much larger picture. That picture is a collage of the strategic plans of most multinational corporations that are increasingly managed or heavily influenced by the CBS approach to business and labor relations. What the Tea Party erroneously views as the socialistic overreach of the Obama Administration is in reality the administration's acquiescence to the power of multi-nationals that are pushing the CBS imperative to deskill and destroy what is left of the American and global skilled white collar middle class.
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http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2014/02/paul_horton_why_the_common_cor.html

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Fri Sep 26, 2014, 09:33 AM

1. Common Core is about markets. Period.

I just read this article this morning.

Venture Capitalists Are Poised to ‘Disrupt' Everything About the Education Market - The Nation by Lee Fang

James Shelton, the Deputy Secretary, is a longtime education investor and the former co-founder of LearnNow, a charter chain that was sold to Edison Learning, a for-profit charter management company.

In an interview with EdSurge, a trade outlet, Shelton explained that the Common Core standards will allow education companies to produce products that "can scale across many markets," overcoming the "fragmented procurement market" that has plagued investors seeking to enter the K-12 sector.


Make no mistake, the so-called accountability movement in education is about the marketization and corporatization of our public schools. Sadly, the Obama administration has bought into this hook-line-and-sinker.

Teacher unions, parents, students and citizens of what remains of our democracy need to understand the full impact of what postmodern capitalism is all about before it is too late.

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Fri Sep 26, 2014, 09:38 AM

2. This is a great article

thanks for posting it, I hope everyone reads it.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Fri Sep 26, 2014, 10:00 AM

3. Marking for read later

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Fri Sep 26, 2014, 10:02 AM

4. Absolutely.

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