Red Herring: Something, especially a clue, that is or is intended to be misleading or distracting.
Sacrificial lamb: A metaphorical reference to a person or animal sacrificed (killed or discounted in some way) for the common good.
“If you want to make money off of kids, you actually have to solve the problems that we raise.” Randi Weingarten.
Diane Ravitch told listeners that the federal government is violating three different laws by enacting common core and citizens should bring a class action suit against the government. “There are three different laws that say the federal government is not supposed to get involved with curriculum, instruction, or any kind of internal workings of the classroom.”
As the American public raises its voice against the practices that are included in the implementation and function of common core, those aspects are nothing more than red herrings and sacrificial lambs.
The red herrings, testing and evaluation.
The sacrificial lamb, InBloom.
Eventually, the “hedge hogs” will capitulate on both the testing and evaluation issues to quell the storm of discontent in both parents and teachers.
Sending InBloom to the alter was extremely effective in throwing the public off the data mining track. Ms. Ravitch confirmed that data mining has not stopped but that Pearson and the Federal government are still collecting non-educational information on our children to control their lives.
The real focus of common core is to standardize and control the thoughts and decisions of Americans in order to increase the profit margins of the corporations that control the legislature that control education policy in America.
We cannot be content with “reforming” education.
The focus of education must change so that it concentrates of discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all of America’s children.
The only influence of the Federal government should have is to Constitutionally guarantee every child in America the right to an excellent education and then to make sure that every child in America receives a child centered, arts based, experiential education delivered by dedicated teachers in low student/teacher ratio classes.
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