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Education

 

"School Reform and the Attack on Public Education" - the text of a speech by Dave Stratman delivered to the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Summer Institute in July, 1997. Still must reading for parents and teachers today!

 

 

 

Susan Ohanian on Education is a terrific website by an outstanding educator, that has up-to-date criticism of the "Education Reform" establishment.

Guy Brandenbug's Blog on education is also terrific.

The "Common Core" curriculum is one of the key elements of the ruling class's education reform in the United States, and it is aggressively promoted (and funded) by Bill Gates with his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This foundation has a blog called "Impatient Optimists" with an article that says:

"I am pleased to see the excitement in the business community for the common core. ¬†Businesses are the primary consumers of the output of our schools, so it’s a natural alliance."

The ruling class (Bill Gates et al) view our children as things to be "consumed" by business, as products that are the "output" of schools the way widgets are the output of a factory, as means to an end--specifically the end of maximizing the profits of the "business community."

 

The "Common Core" standards promoted by Bill Gates and his agent in the government--Secretary of Education Arne Duncan--are designed to make our children believe that our capitalist society based on competition and buying and selling (for profit) with some rich because they are smarter and work harder and the rest poor because they are not so smart and don't work hard, is the natural order of things. It is designed to make our children unable even to conceive of a society based on sharing according to need (instead of buying and selling for profit) and mutual aid and equality with no rich and no poor. This accusation against the "Common Core" is proven by (among many other examples) the educational materials being developed for first graders in New York City. These materials are called ReadyGEN and are produced by the Pearson School company, which says: "ReadyGEN is being designed from the ground up to address the ELA Common Core Standards, the Publisher's Criteria and the City's specific requirements." Susan Ohanian discusses how awful ReadyGEN is in great detail here. Ohanian points out, for example, that ReadyGEN lists the following words as the vocabulary first graders need to learn in their first unit of study: goods, services, want, needs, collects, taxes, producers, farmers, consumers, earn, income, sells, saves, choices, cash register, inventory, groceries, average.

 

More excellent articles/videos:

 

 

Articles by Dave Stratman

Articles by John Spritzler

Turn the World Upside Down (John Spritzler's blog #1)

End Class Inequality (John Spritzler's blog #2)

 

Books

We CAN Change the World: The Real Meaning of Everyday Life by Dave Stratman

The People as Enemy: The Leaders' Hidden Agenda in World War II by John Spritzler