“The Six Purposes of Schooling” – John Taylor Gatto

Small class sizes and direct instruction by experienced teachers are the proven solutions for education success.

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The bigger issue is the push to federalize curriculum. The common core state standards and the new standardized tests were designed to force school districts to pay for computers (to administer tests) and new curricula. The common core tests are so different from traditional math, they in effect fail otherwise proficient students. Low income schools do not have the budgets to make these expenditures, so those schools fail and are converted to charters. Hedge funds are set up to finance these charter schools. It’s a tax dodge for the super wealthy because their investment is a tax credit, not deduction (the new markets tax credit signed into law by Bill Clinton). Also the education technology industry is making a killing off the backs of children. Small class sizes and direct instruction by experienced teachers are the proven solutions for education success.

One charter chain, called Rocketship, places 100 plus students in a room and has them work on common core test prep questions on the computer. These children do no work on projects, go to science lab, participate in music or art. It’s inhumane. It’s Orwellian.

http://www.epi.org/publication/school-privatization-milwaukee/

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