“Opting Out of the Education Reform Industry” by Wayne Au and Jesslyn Hollar
“Wayne Au is an associate professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington at Bothell and an editor of the magazine Rethinking Schools. Jesslyn Hollar is a doctoral student at the University of Washington and director of the Alternative Pathways to Teaching program at Central Washington University.”
“Business investors and entrepreneurs are already capitalizing on the increasingly privatized education market. GSV Capital is a growth investment company with a sizeable portfolio in education products, including education technology start-ups and online instructional programs. K12 Inc. is a for-profit, mostly online charter school start-up, which, despite operating “public” charter schools, as a publicly traded company, is beholden to the bottom-line demands of its investors and board members.”
“Venture capitalists and start-ups are not the only groups cashing in on the privatization of public education. So too are established multinational corporations like Pearson and the Educational Testing Service, which control massive portions of the “education industry.” Pearson is paid to create tests, which it is then also paid to administer and grade. The company accordingly markets a slew of test “support tools” for consumers to purchase, including test preparation materials, test-aligned textbooks, mobile apps, and computer software.”
The article continues to expose the “hedgehog’s” plan to control the government, and thereby the economy, by keeping the populous ignorant.
Opting out of testing is certainly one way of fighting back against the tyranny of oppression however, it is only one measure of defense against a system of education that enslaves our children’s minds, hearts, bodies, and souls.
Our current system of education uses many means to deny our children the educational success they deserve. Racism, segregation, standardization, classification, and dehumanization are all systems by which the “hedgehogs” maintain their stronghold on education and ultimately on the people.
Our children deserve a system of education that is developmentally appropriate, founded in the Arts, experiential, and dedicated to discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens.
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