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Affects of standardized educational experience on children.
I am horrified by yesterday's tragedy in Connecticut. This shit is getting to be too common place. What the hell is going on?

When education and learning experiences are micro managed by legislative bullshit like NCLB and RttT, there will be problems.

Just to reiterate. When education policy makers view children as data points instead of young human beings, I question the efficacy of their legislation.

How long will it take before people reject the data driven, mass production of educational experience where policy makers view children as cogs in a machine and the learning process as a simple matter of filling the blank slate?

When will we start carefully educating children as developing human beings individually endowed with unique characteristics and capacities?

When schools become places where children feel humiliated for any reason, or do not feel they belong, then education policy needs to change.

We have no problem bailing out Wall Street after they fuck up the World economy, but we do not take care of our most vulnerable citizens.

Our schools deal with children's formative minds. We should be taking every conceivable step to follow the Hippocratic oath: "Do no harm." So I ask the question, Is high stakes testing and non consensual test prep, data driven educational experience the best way to educate young children?

Who the hell is driving educational priorities?

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, marina, houyhnhnm

    Educational experience based on non-consensual behaviorism is authoritarian mind control.

    by semioticjim on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 10:50:23 PM PST

  •  Many of us understand. (3+ / 0-)
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    marina, semioticjim, houyhnhnm

    I thought that this from your last excellent diary pretty much tells us what today's "leaders" in education think about children:

    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...
    That's the corporatist view of education today in a nutshell.
    This really should go viral.  Neither children's thoughts or feelings have any value.  So what's left?  Just little assembly line robots programmed to work at minimal wage.  That's it.
  •  Real school reform (1+ / 0-)
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    semioticjim

    going back to Comenius has always been progressive, humanistic, and constructivist.  What we have going on today in school "reform" (rheeform, deform) is people with a reactionary agenda who have hijacked the language of authentic reform in order to push an agenda which is diametrically opposed to its aims.

    I can't tell you how badly I want to slap face every time I hear the word "data driven".

    Light is seen through a small hole.

    by houyhnhnm on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 08:44:00 AM PST

    •  Your analysis is... (1+ / 0-)
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      houyhnhnm

      ....so compelling.  The ancient Romans had a better idea for quality educational experience than US policy makers? Oh shit..... we are in big trouble.

      Educational experience based on non-consensual behaviorism is authoritarian mind control.

      by semioticjim on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 09:51:11 AM PST

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      •  John Amos Comenius (1+ / 0-)
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        was not a Roman.  He was a 17th century Moravian educational reformer, a proponent of "education according to nature".  I was actually thinking of Pestalozzi (How Gertrude Teaches her Children) when I wrote the comment, although Pestalozzi was influenced by Comenius.  I don't remember everything I learned in educational history and philosophy, but sometimes I feel like I'm the only one on the planet who remembers any of it.

        Light is seen through a small hole.

        by houyhnhnm on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:37:03 AM PST

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        •  My mistake... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...I was thinking of Commodus. Yes Comenius.....an educational pioneer in an age of ignorance...

          Educational experience based on non-consensual behaviorism is authoritarian mind control.

          by semioticjim on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:59:53 AM PST

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