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There is so much bad science in education. There is so much money in education. There also seems to be a lot of hostility and perversity in education. All this stuff is slopping around but in general tending toward mediocrity and malaise.
Now Common Core wants to pile on. Lock everything in by legislation. Centralize authority in Washington DC. Where does all this end up? Arne Duncan sends out a memo at 9 o'clock in the morning and a few hours later every classroom in the US has to hear it? Obama sends down his messages about how boys and girls should behave in the New World?
Long story short, a lot of people in this society are aiding and abetting. They are enabling all of this stuff. They are putting up with it. They are accommodating it. They are supporting it. When they should be resisting it.
These thoughts are summed up in the phrase: don't be an accomplice. This article is addressed to Jeb Bush but as you'll see it's also addressed to everybody who allows something into a school that shouldn't be there. For example, sight-words. They should be entirely eliminated. That's just one of many examples.
I keep wondering, where are all the grown-ups? We used to have movers and shakers that knew how to move and shake. Now we've got a guy like Bill Gates spending $1 billion to push the country in the wrong direction. Etc. etc.
You know what the famous theologian said about they came for the Commies but I wasn't a Commie so I didn't do anything....?