Thursday, May 3, 2018

Brains Are Terrible Thing To Waste: But 65% Of Them Are


By the 21st century everyone needed brains but unfortunately nobody could read well enough to locate them.

I have been unable to get this report out of my mind: in 2017 65% of American Public School 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading; 67% Not Proficient in Math. And that’s burying the bad news: in many urban areas proficiency levels are much worse. Detroit came in dead last with 8th grade reading proficiency at 7%, and math just 5%.
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But the schools are more concerned about social justice than basics. It’s enough to make you weep.
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While the children in the current analysis spent half their school years under the Common Core curriculum, the results are not actually that much worse than they have been for the last decade so the problem goes back further. What happened? Let’s take a peak at the cause and effects behind this colossal failure.
In order to do that we need to reacquaint ourselves with one of Obama’s buddies, or as he likes to refer to him “just some guy in the neighborhood,” Bill Ayers.
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Obama with “some guy in the neighborhood” working side-by-side on the Annenberg Education project.
“The former bomber and co-founder of the communist terrorist Weather Underground organization was Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The two had worked together closely from the year Ayers hosted a political launch party for Obama, in 1995, to 2002. At the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, “the brainchild of Bill Ayers,” they funneled more that $100 million to radical groups like ACORN and Gamaliel, which used the funds to promote radical education.” AIM
Yes, that Bill Ayers: 1960s era domestic terrorist,  “Distinguished Professor of Education,”
and key architect of America’s current K-12 education system. You see it’s not a coincidence that American classrooms stopped educating children and became instead indoctrination centers. Anti-American activist Bill Ayers’ fingerprints are all over the transition. Retired now, Ayers was an instrumental figure in shaping 21st century education in America and it would seem he shaped it to his own image and likeness.
Ayers, after escaping punishment in 1980, used his position at the University of Illinois at Chicago, to spread his revolutionary ideas throughout the educational system--in the classes he taught, the books and articles he wrote, the conferences he attended, the dissertation committees he sat on, and the political connections he fostered with Barack Obama and Arne Duncan on the Annenberg Challenge.
His behind the scenes influence directed the creation of Obama-era Common Core curriculum which was a  federal power grab with an agenda inline with Ayers educational aims. Consider Arne Duncan, Obama’s Secretary of Education. In a 2013 address to the American Educational Research Association, a professional association of faculty, researchers, and graduate students who work at universities and colleges, federal and state agencies, school systems, test companies, and non-profit agencies (Ayers was once vice president for curriculum in the organization) he had this to say:
Duncan talked about the “sea-change” in “assessments” under Common Core. Darling-Hammond’s tests, he said approvingly, would address “deeper learning.” “Diagnostic or formative assessments” will measure “student growth,” and determine whether students are “college-and-career ready.” Much in line with Ayers’s pedagogical strategy, Duncan hailed the forthcoming Assessment 3.0 that “will shift from seat-based learning to competency-based learning.” The “next frontier in assessment research,” said Duncan, is in “non-cognitive skills.”

Somewhere in the urgency to measure “non-cognitive skills” the educators forgot that “seat-based learning” such as reading, writing and ‘rithmetic were actually the competency skills that indicate if children are being educated as opposed to brainwashed.

Sadly, while “teaching for Social Justice” somebody forgot to teach Johnny to read.
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