The Crucial Voice of the People is a book title. But it is more than that. It is what has been left behind during the political assault on our public education system.
The political assault is masquerading as education reform under the name Outcome-Based Education. Whether it is in a brick-and-mortar school or online programs, called Mastery, Performance, Competency-Based or Personalized, if standardized testing for unethical purposes are mandatory — it’s NOT reform.
Outcome-Based (test-driven) “Reforms” DO NOT improve education—never have!
To stop the destruction of public education, understanding Outcome-Based Education and High-Stakes Testing is crucial.Take Action Knowing That The Only Political Influence More Powerful than Money is We the People. The Crucial Voice of the People is Needed to Save Our Schools!
Think, and trust your own common sense!
Getting involved in the political quagmire created by the Education Oligarchy (Part 1 of 4) isn’t inviting. It 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. This means the money is spent on rewriting standards and NOT on the resources to have “kids ready to learn.”
- The whole pseudo-reform mantra revolves around test scores that don’t correlate with a better education. Test scores do not define a great education nor does test-directed teaching 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