The problem with your statements here are only that there are no offerings for what must happen after "the status quo must go." Go where and to what? Unless we, as a state, challenge the idea that high stakes standardized testing is the way to measure our children's progress in school, our teachers' effectiveness and our administrators' leadership abilities, nothing will really change. This is the status quo that must go. We must lean towards more innovative ways to teach, measure progress, and enrich our children's lives, instead of threatening everyone in education with more tests, more teaching to the test and less funding. Testing is NOT teaching, which is not a message that seems that difficult to understand but that is most definitely not being heard. We must work to assess learning and teaching in various ways that are more authentic and curriculum based, as well as classroom-based. Let teachers do their jobs, instead of continuously telling them that they are not teaching well because their IPS students, most of whom live in dire poverty, are not passing the freaking tests!
Thank you Mr. Martin. K12 and Charter Schools USA regularly show up as "Top stocks to invest in!" Outrageous, we are systematically allowing our children and their intellect to be sold as investments. As a parent, I am saying voraciously "My children are not for sale!" Education is about expansion of minds, acquisition of knowledge NOT expansion of corporate profits or acquisition of perfect proliteriats.
And here's Public Impact's "Opportunity Culture" plan for increasing class size and giving "excellent" teachers (which PI believes are limited in number) more students, thus spreading the "excellence" around: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teacher_i…
Doug Martin exposes the truth behind the corporate mass media's subterfuge. NUVO is to be commended for publishing Doug's expose. The idea propagated by charter school profiteers who are loaded with marketing money, is that they provide parents with a choice when in fact there is really no choice at all. The educational experience that awaits children in most charter schools (excluding the Project School) is one where children with unique structures of mind are treated as blank slates in a data driven, rote based authoritarian learning environment.
Do you really think children in corporate based charter schools will receive a child centered learning experience where students are provided choices and can develop their interests, strengths and talents...just like Bill Gates did during his childhood years at Lakeside private school? Fuhgetaboutit!!!! Children in these types of corporate charters are fed into mass production test prep assembly lines where learning in subject areas are divided into forty-fifty minute modules and pseudo teachers who lack knowledge in child development, cognitive psychology, authentic learning and alternative assessment run children through mind numbing scripted curricular experiences. Is creativity, divergent thinking processes and developing the whole child important in these kinds of corporate charter education programs? Fuhgetaboutit!!! These corporate charter education experiences are all about rote based seat work, selected response work sheets, test prep, high stakes test scores and developing compliant worker bees!!!!
These folks have very questionable motives. Indy should back off this Mind Trust hype and demand a plan that doesn't profit those proposing it! How about a Democratic Schools plan? It's time to break up the elitist club of folks influencing Indianapolis.
The numbers thrown around here are staggering.
Doug, you provide a valuable service to those who are really concerned about our state's children.
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