Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Cult that Controls Public Education in the US
Public education in the US has been hijacked by well-funded Cult that seeks to apply the language, metrics and management style of the most powerful American corporations to a sphere of civic life that has been driven by public interest, rather than profit, for more than 200 years. It would be one thing if the proponents of these measures come to education with an experience of great success in their own world. But these are the same corporations whose speculations in the mortgage market, evaluated and signed off on by ratings agencies like Standard and Poor's and Moody's, destroyed trillions of dollars in value while plunging the world economy into crisis and created the greatest CEO/worker wage gap in the world. Did this earn them the right to manage the nation's schools or have they simply seized it as a new sphere for profit taking now that the housing market has run out of gas? Whatever the motivation, the consequences are there for all to see. Chaos, demoralization and test after test after test.