Does the WHOLE education system stink? Really? How have we done so well as a nation? And what are we basing our evaluation on?
The first step we need to take in "improvement" (and yes, I am saying with certainty that we have places & things to improve) is to have an honest evaluation of the problems. THAT is hard to do when information - very, very important information (government research) - has been suppressed. http://thecrucialvoice.com/2014/04/08/answ…
What has been sold to the U.S. is "standardization" practices packaged as "standards" - always better, always higher.
Common Core for all in Idaho if its School Board Association has its way...and No Child Left Behind was a bipartisan effort that only took SEVEN weeks to pass Congress....one size fits all?...again.
Developed by a coalition of state governments?
The Original Development Team included:
David Coleman - president of Student Achievement Partners (see also Jason Zimba) president of the College Board and McKinsey & Co. consultant
Phil Daro of America's Choice (acquired by Pearson book publisher) & Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) - supplier of Core Curriculum & associated with Goldman Sachs Foundation
Susan Eddins - Illinois & Science Academy Educational Consultant as well as Fortune 500 consultant
Sol Garfunkel executive director of COMAP - supplying curriculum materials - with advisers from Decision Systems Inc. ( specializing in "business intelligence" and data mining for IBM & Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Inst., Proctor Houston & Assoc., Ferrio Assoc. - ed tech marketing firm who work with Dana Center and Istron Group....funding...a long list but includes Exxon, Department of Ed, IBM, Intel...you get the idea
Jason Zimba - private college professor with assoc. to Student Achievement Partners who board of advisors include Phil Daro and Jim Rosenthal - assoc. with Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers & McKinsey & Co.
Andrew Chen president of EduTron Corporation - interactive course ware 6-12
Uri Treisman executive director of Charles A. Dana Center - assoc. with the National Governors Assoc., CCSSO - Council of Chief State School Officers, Agile Mind - "internet tools at a fraction of the costs" & the Gates Foundation
Matthew Davis director of reading program at Core Knowledge Foundation...E.D. Hirsch writer of Core Curriculum Jr.
Both David and Meredith Liben of Liben Education Consulting, L.L.C. - Student Achievement Partner
Louisa Moats - Moats Associates Consulting, Inc.
Laura Mongello - VP Product Development, The Quarasan Group Inc. - private publishing & content development whose clientele includes Pearson
Gates funded Achieve members - William McCallum, Laura McGiffert Slover, Douglas Sovde, JoAnne T. Eresh, Susan Pimentel
ACT associations - Ken Mullen, Nina Metzner, Jim Patterson
Private Colleges - you want to trace the funding? - 11 represented.
Someone else should do the math also. It was a 135 member team. Who got represented?
What I don't understand is why - with so many publishers, tech, curriculum developers, etc. on this list - are they dragging their feet? Questioning their "investments"?
BE AWARE: Currently for-profit education investors build buildings without open bid processes required of real public schools. Our federal dollars and "philanthropists" footed the costs to float these experiments in free-market "public" eduction.
BE AWARE: Joe & Jane Q Taxpayer are not really represented on charter boards. Oversight? Transparency? Accountability? Simple accounting? Good luck. Taxation without representation?
BE AWARE: In Idaho, 16% of charters are under-achieving (Luna STAR system findings) while only 8% of real public schools find themselves on that same list (and many of those are alternative schools). Charters are twice as likely to fail. Build more?
BEWARE: The sheep don't think about what they do; they just follow the ideology they are told will work. Who is it working for?
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