It’s NOT NICE to fool the American Public!
The Crucial Voice of the People is more than a book title. It is what is needed to stop the political assault on our public education system.
The political dismantling of public education is masquerading under the guise of education reform law. But it isn’t too late to undo what has been done. On the contrary, this is the perfect time to set federal education law straight. #ESEAreauthorization2020
Federal K-12 education law is a national problem.
Think, and trust your own common sense!
Getting involved in the political quagmire created by the Education Oligarchy isn’t glamorous, but it is necessary.
And it’s important to understand what the problem is with our laws.
Short answer: Because laws cement in place principles that guide school resources, the school reform philosophy behind laws like No Child Left Behind, and now the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), need to be based on effective principles that work to improve schools.
And for every dollar pocketed by the profit-driven education industry for things that don’t work, there is one less dollar to provide resources for children and decent wages for the multitude of worker-bees actually in the schools doing the real work of educating children.
No Child Left Behind, and now its revision called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), has teachers and parents pushing children to make standards, testing, and accountability systems “work.”
Here’s why those false education reforms have NOT worked:
- Setting standards continues to be the laws’ first step. Spending money on rewriting standards and NOT on the resources to have “kids ready to learn” is NOT reform.
- The whole pseudo-reform mantra revolves around test scores that don’t correlate with a better education. Test scores don’t identify great education practices or focus resources on having “teachers ready to teach.”
- Accountability cannot reasonably be based on test scores (outcome-based) without first addressing the learning conditions (“materials to do the job”) under which we are asking teachers to teach and students to learn.
TO MAKE PROGRESS IN THE U.S. with true education reform, the country needs all of us to do what we can when we can.
“Young powerfully reminds us that we, America’s citizens, are the ultimate source of political power and public policy in our democracy. We, the people, need to learn about what ‘reform’ policies have been imposed, what’s wrong with them, and how they need to be changed.” Gary Ratner, Director of Citizens for Effective Schools
Want to know more about The Crucial Voice of the People and the perspective from which it is written, please read its preface. If you’d like to read more about the history of education reform in the United States, please read this journal article.
Thank you for your interest. Enjoy!