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One of SemioticJim's hobbies is making pictures about issues that interest him. Most of his pictures have been hidden away. Like the global warming crisis that is at crisis proportions, education in America is at that stage too. Republicans and Democrats are both complicit in  turning children into corporate drones through their advocacy of high stakes testing, value added measurement, common core standards, authoritarianism in our schools, suppression of local control and children's self expression and perpetuating educational apartheid though legislation that encourages the privatizing of public education.
Education profiteering is Wall Street's next big thing.
This is a short diary. I really hadn't planned on writing it....but when I read something like this, it disturbs me.

Why is U.S. Education policy so friendly to the dictates of Wall Street and corporate foundations?

You got to be kidding! We are using the same mathematical formulas Wall Street derivatives traders used to implode the World economy and now we are using them to evaluate teachers?

So when Common Core architect David Coleman, whose work Secretary Duncan endorses, disregards children's opportunities for self expression and response to educational experience with statements like this: "When you grow up in this world you realize people don't give a shit about what you feel or what you think." I think that's absurd...

Children in U.S. schools need and deserve better.

American children should not be educated as drones for corporate consumption.

The mind numbing, imagination-less, standardized educational experience planned by Secretary Duncan, David Coleman, Bill Gates and their corporate cohorts should be reconsidered. The Chicago Teachers Union and Indiana Voters got it right.

"No one can predict how far an individual child may go in a dynamic school system when an understanding teacher, using all the resources of the community, awakens his imagination and interest and thus releases his own emotional drive."

Clara Belle Baker


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