” For those who support high-stakes testing and the Common Core, how about we mandate that ALL schools, public, private, or charter use these policies?” (Chris Cerrone)
First, why would we want to mandate such garbage for all schools? We must preserve those places which are not a part of the corporatization of schools. Public or private. It’s we, the people (if we have the money, of course…… which we have less of due to the tyranny perpetrated by Wall Street Money and their shills: the White House, Congress, governors, mayors, et al) who still have a choice, whether by default of opportunity or not, to give regard to private schools.
Not all private schools engender the corporate corruption through public asset reductions. Sure, many will see some private schools as symbolic of upper class prestige and privilege, especially those who house celebs’ kids. And, sure, they have the capability of disregarding the schemes and accountability standards that public schools labor under. But to suggest we push corporate tools used for the privatization of public schools on everyone is ludicrous and misguided at best. Why not demand that we refuse to participate in CCSS, VAM, HST, etc. in its entirety? Let’s take action to dispel the poison of corporatization rather than demand that we impose its toxoid culture upon everyone.
Second, being able to insist that private schools be held to the same corrupt fire that public schools experience isn’t going to happen in our current dystopic political, legislative, and power / market driven government. So, how about we propose something more meaningful and useful?
Finally, they’re coming. They are the same ones who robbed Americans of trillions of dollars and now hold it in vaults only to cut loose more toxic transactions and make bank, borrow from the private billionaire’s club, the Federal Reserve, and leverage the interest for the taking of what remains of our public assets. These same ones get a permanent tax holiday and offshore trillions annually. Why would we deliberately force the privatization agenda of elitists on schools who do not participate or refuse to participate in the corporate takeover of public education? Are private schools against public schools by their mere existence as a private school? I don’t think so. Instead of finger pointing, why not consider how to bust to corporate control of our federal, state, and local governments?
The implementation of CCSS, VAM, ridiculous testing schemes, etc. is but one aspect of the taking of assets from all those except the top percent, the infamous power elite. Sure, some communities, even states may show some progress in the possible reduction of momentum of ed reform policy, but let’s consider the greater, overarching movement of corporate leveraging. Nothing short of an American Spring will issue the results I find most people want to see in their future vision for free public schools. When Deborah Meier described public schools the way they should be, it was a return to the future. We once had heavily enriched curricula and activities in most public schools. Sure, we had areas where public schools experienced the nightmares described by Kozol.
But was that caused by the schools themselves or an exacting and treacherous array of financial moves precipitated by a ruling corporate elite whose desires include systematic eugenics, marginalization, and mutilation of people’s lives and communities? The rentier class steals our schools, our communities. Yes, as educators our part in this war focuses on public education. But keeping our eyes on the whole picture of the creation of a new feudalism by a corporate controlled government should always remain at least in our peripheral vision.