Denis Ian: Few education reformers have ever spent a morning on a kindergarten floor … or in a hot-hot circular discussion with lively seventh graders.
Denis Ian: Common Core has given educational cover for a small and noisy minority of ideological polluters into our schools.
Denis Ian: Everyone knew certain schools were short-changed … poisoned by self-absorbed politicians and callous unionists. But instead of a cure … we got a $7 billion travesty.
Denis Ian: It’s all too clear that there are some schools that think they must save your children … from you. Yes, you.
Denis Ian: This round of technological “upgrades” might well begin a scary deconstruction of a universal institution … the collapse of education as we’ve known it for … for thousands of years.
Denis Ian: The Common Core reformers …. from the start … were hesitant and spineless. Supposedly daring reformers dared not look at this issue of school performance through the lenses of race and economics.
Denis Ian: Don’t let anyone hurry your child. Don’t let anyone sandpaper their softest years with “grit” or”rigor” or “college ready” … because there’s plenty of that stuff in the eight hundred months ahead.
Denis Ian: Your own schools … the ones you actually own … will be the investment oases of this new century … with a renewable stream of your own tax dollars until … until we all come to our senses. Or go broke.
Denis Ian: So “Baby PISA” is here, “the Program for International Student Assessment,” and just a handful of parents have any clue what’s all about because most don’t care.
Denis Ian: These commandments for public education promise a return to purposeful education unpolluted by biases and prejudices and misplaced emphases.