New Data Shows School ‘Reformers’ Are Getting it Wrong

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“Civic Innovation Designer”

Since: Mar 11

Springboro, Ohio

#1 Jun 8, 2013
In the great American debate over education, the education and technology corporations, bankrolled politicians and activist-profiteers who collectively comprise the so-called “reform” movement base their arguments on one central premise: that America should expect public schools to produce world-class academic achievement regardless of the negative forces bearing down on a school’s particular students. In recent days, though, the faults in that premise are being exposed by unavoidable reality.

Before getting to the big news, let’s review the dominant fairy tale: As embodied by New York City’s major education announcement this weekend, the “reform” fantasy pretends that a lack of teacher “accountability” is the major education problem and somehow wholly writes family economics out of the story (amazingly, this fantasy persists even in a place like the Big Apple where economic inequality is particularly crushing). That key — and deliberate — omission serves myriad political interests.

For education, technology and charter school companies and the Wall Streeters who back them, it lets them cite troubled public schools to argue that the current public education system is flawed, and to then argue that education can be improved if taxpayer money is funneled away from the public school system’s priorities (hiring teachers, training teachers, reducing class size, etc.) and into the private sector (replacing teachers with computers, replacing public schools with privately run charter schools, etc.). Likewise, for conservative politicians and activist-profiteers disproportionately bankrolled by these and other monied interests, the “reform” argument gives them a way to both talk about fixing education and to bash organized labor, all without having to mention an economic status quo that monied interests benefit from and thus do not want changed.

Meanwhile, despite the fact that many “reformers’” policies have spectacularly failed, prompted massive scandals and/or offered no actual proof of success, an elite media that typically amplifies — rather than challenges — power and money loyally casts “reformers’” systematic pillaging of public education as laudable courage (the most recent example of this is Time magazine’s cover cheering on wildly unpopular Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel after he cited budget austerity to justify the largest mass school closing in American history — all while he is also proposing to spend $100 million of taxpayer dollars on a new private sports stadium).

In other words, elite media organizations (which, in many cases, have their own vested financial interest in education “reform”) go out of their way to portray the anti-public-education movement as heroic rather than what it really is: just another get-rich-quick scheme shrouded in the veneer of altruism.

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Reject Ritter Ramblings

Piqua, OH

#2 Jun 9, 2013
Christopher Ritter's open springboro ramblings all over the blogs are both Wrong for Springboro Taxpayers and Just plain Silly raves and rants.
Good for a laugh or two; but now he's becoming quite obnoxious!
Local control of our school tax dollars is just that and there are no local BOE officials getting rich by serving as elected officials on our Springboro Schools Board of Education.
The new philosophy of our budget-reform minded Children First Budgeting give Springboro Taxpayers the most control possible of our local school tax dollars.
Check out this website and join the celebration of our 2013 SHS graduates success and our children first budgeting, providing a quality classroom education for our school children, with no new taxes needed! Springboro loves our children first!
Life IS Good in Strong, Successful Springboro!

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“Civic Innovation Designer”

Since: Mar 11

Springboro, Ohio

#3 Jun 10, 2013
Reject Ritter Ramblings wrote:
The new philosophy of our budget-reform minded Children First Budgeting give Springboro Taxpayers the most control possible of our local school tax dollars.
Check out this website and join the celebration of our 2013 SHS graduates success and our children first budgeting, providing a quality classroom education for our school children, with no new taxes needed! Springboro loves our children first!
Are you aware of any specific policy changes that the Board has proposed to give Springboro taxpayers more control over their tax dollars?
Stop Common Core

Piqua, OH

#4 Jun 11, 2013
Nearly two years ago, the Ohio State Board of Education adopted the Obama administration’s educational program of Common Core only 16 days after it was announced. There was no time for evaluation of the standards by those most closely connected to student learning – parents and local teachers.
Now we are seeing the problems inherent in Common Core as a top-down bureaucratic system. Common Core’s one-size-fits-all standards have not sufficiently been proven to work, turning our students into lab rats for federal experimentation. Furthermore, these untested standards are expected to cost Ohio taxpayers multi-millions of dollars to implement at a time when families are already struggling to get by.
Among other costs, Ohio taxpayers will be stuck with the bill for new libraries and equipment. Because Common Core requires standardized tests, schools face the burden of buying additional computers and updating textbooks to comply with this regulation.
And it’s not just the costs! Inherent to Common Core is massive intrusive data collection. Additionally, because of the push to standardize many exams, including some that private and homeschool children take, even privately educated students have reason to be concerned.
Contact your legislators and ask them to repeal Common Core! Every student is unique. It’s simply naïve for bureaucrats to assume all children and classrooms must fit into the same mold. Instead of all the red tape, schools need to hold teachers accountable for their classrooms and allow parents to choose what institution is best for their child. Parents and teachers, who are daily involved with our children, know what individual students need to succeed and how best to reach the goal of a quality education.
For the good of our students, every concerned Ohio citizen should speak out now on the importance of repealing Common Core standards and returning education decisions to the local level where they belong. Make sure everyone you know knows the facts about Common Core. Help us take a stand against education bureaucracy!

“Civic Innovation Designer”

Since: Mar 11

Springboro, Ohio

#5 Jun 11, 2013
Stop Common Core wrote:
Now we are seeing the problems inherent in Common Core as a top-down bureaucratic system. Common Core’s one-size-fits-all standards have not sufficiently been proven to work, turning our students into lab rats for federal experimentation. Furthermore, these untested standards are expected to cost Ohio taxpayers multi-millions of dollars to implement at a time when families are already struggling to get by.
How are we seeing these problems you're referring to? Are there published results online that you could share?

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