I have been hinting (“yeah, hinting, Stu…real subtle”, some may say) that Public School education in the United States is in deep dog doo. Why else are we in the mid-twenties in world classification of education? Why are there working methodologies and practices IN PLACE in the world, and, overall, the US Education policy makers ignore them? Why are Private Schools exceeding and Public Schools barely turn out the functioning illiterates
Before anyone jumps on me with “not MY child!”… check their spelling, grammar and reading WITHOUT computer spell and grammar checks. Go ahead…we’ll wait. Ready? OK..some of you, congrats. Your child beat the system. Most have not.
So…I’m not going to beat around the..ahem…bush any longer:
I believe there is a deliberate plan of mediocrity for
NOTE: The following is MY opinion, after years of working in Education in a variety of roles:
Classroom Teacher; Teaching Artist; Arts Administrator; Education Admin in City Hall; and as an Arts-in-Education Performer; Professional Development Facilitator
public school education in place across the United States.
I’m not the only one. Just about an hour before I started to write this blog (which I’ve been building up to), I got this comment to one of my recent blogs:
“I want to clue you in on a little secret here. The powers that be in America want a vast separation between 2 classes of people; the elite and the peons. There are many factors coming in to play and has been in the works now for decades. The dysfunction of public education is one of them. The masses become ignorant. Haven’t you noticed how the government and corporations are keeping us all very busy busy busy doing nothing nothing nothing? More red tape, more laws, more taxes, etc….that many people are too busy to make waves about what is really going on. Longer story to this…much bigger one indeed.”
Before anyone gets nutsy on me, I have a challenge for you: please do some fact checking on how many current Politicians and other Policy Makers have or had children &/or grandchildren in Public School? How many have been in Private and then Ivy School education? How many were sent overseas for their education?
Just because someone is born into money, or makes it, does NOT mean that they are better than anyone else. People with money and power will often act that way ::coughTrumpcough::: but, really…Really?
No…but…here’s the thing: if we had better education for the masses, where would we get our lower class and lower class workers? Why do the rich and connected get their kids into the “better” schools, with the better educational values (see the comparison in NYC English Language Arts to a Private School’s ELA program: Public vs Private Schools and you tell me which will turn out the better student)? Is it because they ARE smarter? Or is it just that they have better connections and the money to do it?
Why would Robber Baron Bloomberg buy a theory to put in schools, a theory that was successful on an Ivy League school campus, in a controlled education lab, but never really properly field tested in urban city schools? Why would a Mayor who says he is for education put a woman in charge who had NO education experience and who sent her own kids to private school? Why would this business man-not a politician, a business man- decide that cutting thousands of teachers (which, btw, is his little ploy: he scares you with big numbers, then gets what he wants and no one says BOO when he cuts a smaller amount…it’s all smoke and mirrors with this crook in charge) is the best policy if he was for education? Bloomberg would never have put people or programs so totally wrong into place in his own business.
Our politicians and education policy makers are self serving and have an agenda that has nothing to do with the betterment of public school students. It’s money in their pockets; promises for their families, friends and allies; and upholding the agenda of Big Money.
Let’s be honest: we have an uncivil war on education going on right now. It’s self serving. Why should the banks who screwed this country, and the men and women who did it, get away with it, while the working people are accused of the pilfering? Why are the elderly and poor losing benefits to help them LIVE? Why the attacks on a “socialistic” health care system so EVERYONE can have health care (and we already have Socialistic programs in place in this country: the US Post Office? Most Police and Fire Fighters?)
Hypocrisy in action, difusing the real goal: Keep the Masses off kilter and confused. He who shouts loudest wins.
I had never really believed in conspiracy theories, but after everything that has gone down in the last couple of years (if not more, thanks to President Stupid) has led me to feel that what is happening is not negligence but is criminally planned out. We will have students and parents and teachers who find themselves able to escape this trap. There are some amazing examples of this all over the place, and I’m sure you can cite some yourself.
For everyone you cite, though, there are thousands of students who are being dumbed down on purpose, and we are not taking up a cry against this on a daily basis.
Right now, schools are on summer vacation. Summer schools and year round schools are working, but the majority of teachers, and parents, are on vacation mentally in regards to school (yeah, generalization: sue me). The problems build and build, and we either react or shrug our shoulders and say “You can’t fight City Hall.”
YES WE FUCKING CAN!
We’ve just been told for so long that we can’t, so we believe it.
Pass this on to parents, teachers, principals, any educator, any activist who cares about your children, and your children’s children, AND THIS COUNTRY THAT SO MANY SAY THEY CARE ABOUT.
Say NO to Teacher Cuts, Budget Cuts, Cramming for Testing and
all the things that are hurting our youth and our future.