No Child Left Behind and Common Core have been great “successes.” We’ve turned vibrant, creative classrooms into generic, Stepford-Wives, sit-down-and-shut-up systems that promote rote memorization of essential standards and the manufacture of higher test scores.
We hire companies whose goals are to ensure every teacher is doing the exact same thing – at the same time – in the same way.
Herds of administrators are shuttling from room to room recording with meticulous detail what teachers are not doing so they can feed these companies with the negative data necessary to earn their contracts.
I contend that the eventual goal of all this is to groom an electorate to vote against its best interests. I know we spout slogans like “College and Career Ready,” but, seriously, an equal access education system is most valuable when it produces an informed electorate that protects itself from corrupt politicians.
It’s time that we recognize what NCLB and Common Core are really about. We have taken independent thinking and creativity out of education and replaced them with paint-by-numbers and the illusion of complexity. The dumbing-down of America is complete. I present as evidence the current presidential catastrophe.
James Carson, Clovis