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Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools

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  • Posted September 17, 2013

    The former U.S. assistant Secretary of Education defending the r

    The former U.S. assistant Secretary of Education defending the relevance and success of public schools, that should be news?  Any shocking conclusions come to in this tome?   No, but what you won't find is the lowering of the bar so that more kids DO pass, more teachers are taught to TEACH TESTS, and PASS STUDENTS who fall below the bar to retain funding.   Basically, this book is a defense of the policies that have been enacted over the last 30 years in the public school system and exacerbated by the "No Child Left Behind" policy.   
    Again, how did we survive for all this time WITHOUT state-funded schools again?   Must have been a fluke accident or something. 

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  • Posted October 23, 2013

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    I had about 40 years in engineering when I enrolled at a major p

    I had about 40 years in engineering when I enrolled at a major private for-profit teacher education school. "America needs more math and science teachers." I got straight A's in all my education classes and I wanted to teach math and physics and chemistry in high school. But as student teaching arrived, I was assigned to a junior high school, with over 40 students per class and a Master Teacher whose mantra was "You want everyone to succeed, don't you?" Her idea of middle-school science was having the children color their notebook covers, listen to quotes from her old school book (1950's), and make plenty of science errors. She did not allow me to meet the parents even at Open House. I eventually discovered that 20% of the class was English as a Second Language, and there were several students who were on drugs for ADHD and were disruptive and attacked others with their pencil points. No low grades were allowed to be given, even when nothing was turned in, the tests were flunked, and warnings only made parents change their class. I spent at least 85% of my time doing discipline, and that was what I was graded on. This is warehousing at its worst. This book follows closely with what I heard her say on C-Span, a familiar diatribe against haters of the present system. I was eventually drummed out of the teacher education after being told I needed to re-take classes that I had already gotten A's in, and submit to video taped examination. At last, I had to fight with the School to recover the thousand dollars for student teaching. My Master Teacher spent almost all her time in the teachers' lounge. but she was right there at my inquisition demanding more classes for me. My last conversation with the Financial person at the teacher school ended with the honest lady saying "Schools today are not like they were when you went to school; engineers can't take the chaos." Or the warehousing. Watch the documentary WAITING FOR SUPERMAN.

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