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.
Denis Ian: Mothers and fathers across America witnessed Donald Trump’s promise to end Common Core … and they signed that contract in the ballot booth.
Denis Ian takes time to remember Marge Borchert, a principal and Stop Common Core warrior in New York State, who recently passed away.
Dennis Ian: I think 9/11 created the most vivid memories of the school l loved the most. I realized straight away how tethered that school was to the event.
Dennis Ian: At the moment, the rarest word in all of education is “kids”. And the most ignored phrase in this giant jungle of jargon is “common sense”.