Great post. And Indiana is a great example of people paying attention — embattled Superintendent Glenda Ritz has announced she is considering running for Governor, which I applaud. However, I don’t think people understand the true gravity of what is going on — even John Oliver, with his great piece – leaves out the connection between Wall St. and Charters and the likes of Michael Milken trying to profit off of our kids.
Surely it must be significant that John Oliver, the HBO comedian, did an 18 minute segment last week on what’s gone haywire in American public education. Oliver traces the history of test-and-punish since the federal testing law No Child Left Behind Act was enacted in January of 2002. I urge you to watch this segment of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
You will see a clip of President George W. Bush defining (Definition probably wasn’t his strong point.) school accountability and a video of candidate Barack Obama, in a speech to the National Education Association, disdaining an education philosophy centered around children coloring in bubbles on standardized tests. Oliver puzzles about the inconsistency—a candidate Obama who said he hated testing and a President Obama whose administration has vastly expanded the amount of testing through programs like Race to the Top that led to the Common Core and stretched…
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