It seems as if the same battle is being fought in every aspect of American society. On one side are the forces of egalitarianism, economic opportunity and self-determination. On the other is a well-funded and entrenched elite bent on hijacking our media, our political process and our institutions for their selfish ends.
Sadly, the classrooms of this country haven’t been spared.
Means and Ends
The Wall Street crowd wants us to think of education in terms of means – which usually means finding ways to spend less – rather than ends. But when it comes to education, the “ends” are our children. And the means we choose for them, either consciously or through indifference, reveal who we really are as a people. Συνέχεια
Once people realize that their own children are being experimented upon and used for profits, the greed grab will end. The testing craze, the corporate education reform industry, the for-profit and non-profit charter industry, the online educational programing business, etc. will dwindle and either die out or become minuscule.
The profit margins are estimated, the marketing planned, and the technologies used to lure parents into believing that purchasable technology and the education of their children are one and the same thing – all of these and more are planned with little or no long term proof or assurances that children will benefit as little human beings. Create a brand. Do market research. Sell-Sell-Sell. Use fear marketing or exclusive-limited-edition appeal – whatever. Sell-Sell-Sell. (Edu-Brands: InBloom. Pearson, KIIP, Broad, White Hat, Uno, K12 Inc., Συνέχεια
I recently published a post that slammed modern school reform as essentially an urban land reform project, written by Leslie Fenwick, dean of the Howard University School of Education and a professor of education policy, It said in part:
The truth can be used to tell a lie. The truth is that black parents’ frustration with the quality of public schools is at an all time righteous high…. The lie is that schemes like Teach For America, charter schools backed by venture capitalists, education management organizations (EMOs), and Broad Foundation-prepared superintendents address black parents’ concerns about the quality of public schools for their children.
Here is a related piece, written by a colleague of Fenwick’s, Sarah Irvine Belson, dean of the American University School of Education, Teaching and Health.
By Sarah Irvin Belson Συνέχεια
Some reasons why school vouchers are a bad idea for public education
The U.S. Department of Education says 76 percent of private schools have a religious affiliation, and more than 80 percent of students attending private schools attend religious institutional schools. Συνέχεια
Ο Oρκος του ταγματασφαλιτη:
“Ορκίζομαι εις τον Θεόν, τον άγιον τούτον όρκον, ότι θα υπακούω απολύτως εις τας διαταγάς του ανωτάτου αρχηγού του γερμανικού στρατού Αδόλφου Χίτλερ. Θα εκτελώ πιστώς απάσας τας ανατεθεισόμενας μου υπηρεσίας και θα υπακούω άνευ όρων εις τας διαταγάς των ανωτέρων μου. Γνωρίζω καλώς ότι δια μίαν αντίρρησιν εναντίον των υποχρεώσεων μου, τας οποίας δια του παρόντος αναλαμβάνω, θέλω τιμωρηθεί παρά των γερμανικών στρατιωτικών νόμων”
“Τα Τάγματα Ασφαλείας αποτελούν την τελευταία εφεδρεία του Ελληνικού Εθνους”
Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αθηνών και πάσης Ελλάδας Χρύσανθος Συνέχεια
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