Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Our Educational Stasi
The Bill Gates vision of Public Education, now made official by the Obama Administration and Governors of most states, is a place where Departments of Education from the national to the local set themselves up as Educational Stasi (East German Secret Police) who subject students to constant testing- from Pre-K on up- and teachers to constant evaluation and observation. Just heard from a friend that he teacher he communicates with expects to be observed 75 times a year! And that kindergarten students in some school districts are being tested almost weekly. The results: Creativity-GONE! Imagination-GONE! Spontaneity- GONE! Play- WHAT IS THAT? All in the service of creating an obedient labor force for the billionaires of the future, and making huge profits for test companies and educational consultants. Welcome to the New America- drones in the sky, drones in our schools, drones in our workforce. If you aren't angry, you aren't paying attention.