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View Diary: My Lousy Diary on Being Opposed to Education Reform (103 comments)

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    in this country has included opposition to universal education by powerful interests from the start. It has manifested itself in the form of lack of funding for public schools for poor children to tracking systems, not based on tested ability but based on neighborhood or income level even in our times. Those institutionalized tracking systems perpetuated an unequal education in order to produce a three-tiered labor force, a small university educated research component, a mid-sized management and skilled labor force, and a large low-wage work force.

    Recent challenges against the tracking system have resulted, in my opinion, with other means to that same end in the form of insidious reading and math programs that fail to provide children with basic skills. During the last few decades these programs have appeared in a significant amount of early instruction in this country. Consequently, families with means have resorted to paying for private preschool, tutoring, or private school altogether in order to make up for the challenges of public schools that are failing children.

    I think that this problem is a factor in the increase in poverty in this country. More and more American children have difficulty with basic skills unless their parents can afford private remediation. I believe CURRICULUM is the factor most in need of exposure and reform.

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