"The crisis in US education is not general and national. It is concentrated where there is poverty and segregation. Testing does not address either problem."
Bill Gates speech to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 2009
"When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching. For the first time, there will be a large base of customers eager to buy products that can help every kid learn and every teacher get better."
This process -- a handful of the wealthiest people in our country controlling the political process -- is called "oligarchy."
The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans.
Woody Guthrie, arguably the most revered forerunner of the Greenwich Village scene had a sign taped to his guitar during his time in World War II that read, “This machine kills fascists.” And when he returned to the states when the war was over he decided that the sign was still relevant.
“People would ask him… ‘Hey Woody, Hitler’s dead, why don’t you take the sign off? And he would reply ‘Well this fascism comes around whenever the rich people get the generals to do what they want."
More Than A Score: Jesse Hagopian
Confessions of a Bad Teacher: John Owens
Death of the Liberal Class: Chris Hedges
Dollarocracy: Robert Waterman McChesney
Reign of Error: Diane Ravitch
The Operators: Michael Hastings: Want to know where over 50% of each tax dollar is going? Read this book.
The Party is Over: Mike Lofgren
The Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein
Danny Weil, 2009
"...charter chains would prefer national standards...
This would allow them to use prepackaged curricula across
their charter outlets no matter the location...for dummied
down standardized curriculum keeps costs down and the
dispensation is formulaic and repetitive. This is the Walmart model of education."
"I believe in standardizing automobiles. I do not believe in standardizing human beings. Standardization is a great peril which threatens American culture."
Where to Find What
ALEC Exposed-The Privatization of Public Schools:
And more about the Koch brothers and their dad: kochexposed.org
Charter School Scandals
Charter School Scams and Scamsters
Class Size Matters:
Common Core Standards:
Democrats for Education Reform
Teach for America:
"Any time hedge fund managers...when they walk into the inner city areas and start talking about poor children's education, it's not because they want kids to read and write, it's because they know that the federal government spends $600B on education and they want it and they're going to get it."
DIANE RAVITCH ON SCHOOL CLOSURES
"It is odd that school leaders feel triumphant when they close schools, as though they were not responsible for them. They enjoy the role of executioner, shirking any responsibility for the schools in their care."
“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”
"There is something grotesque about the fact that education reform is being led not by educators but by financiers and speculators and billionaires."