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.
Denis Ian: We’re outfitting kids with technological gizmos we don’t even understand. Giving them super-powerful thingamajigs we think of as toys. But they’re not toys at all.
“Silicon Valley is going all out to own America’s school computer-and-software market, projected to reach $21 billion in sales by 2020.”
Denis Ian: Education’s deep spiral has now hit bottom. And the thud you hear? That’s your child’s head … hittin’ the wall.
Dennis Ian: These reforms were applied across the board. To every single school. In a grand display of meaningless equality.