Friday, November 20, 2015

LaValle: Common Core is not the reform of education

Anne LaValle writes in the Poughkeepsie Journal:

Supporters of the alleged education reform commonly referred to as Common Core tell us that it is an endeavor to raise the education bar for all students — an effort to ensure that students have the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century global economy.
  • The answer is very simply that Common Core is not the reform of education; it is the fundamental conversion of the education system to a workforce development program by investors (stakeholders) who stand to make fortunes from it.
    What was once an authentic system of education designed to inform and encourage individual intellectual and artistic growth has been hijacked by political and financial pirates and reduced to an oversized training center for the future labor force. Thanks to this "reform" agenda, what used to be our children's education system is now a "workforce development" program controlled by the business community and their political beneficiaries who have positioned themselves to maximize their profits off of the backs of the next generation.
    Education is no longer oriented to students' individual aspirations and abilities, but to where the financial interests who are driving this process see our children as best suiting their needs.

Entire article HERE: