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04 March 2014 @ 12:04 pm
The Blame Game  
I love this post at Curmudgucation: http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2014/02/more-defective-children.html. It does seem as if we have all been seeing one hugh blame game being played out. It began with the standards themselves. Blame the existing curriculum for not being rigorous, for not being uniform, for not being the stuff that makes students college and career ready. All the architects had to do was point to some studies, misinterpret the data, and VOILA! We need a new cucciulum they all cried. And so there was a new curriculum, but not really. What there is are standards, none new, none more rigorous than before unless one defines rigor as being developmentally inappropriate.

So, we have CCSS. So, let's implement. New round of blame game. This time the blame rests on the teachers. They are not up to the task. It's those darn unions and teacher education programs. Throw around some stats that frighten the folks outside of education who do not know what the truth is. VOILA! Let's kill unions, assess teachers by how well students perform on untried assessments (is there reliabilty and validity data I am not seeing?), bring aboard more "teachers" with 5 whole weeks of training (NOT education). Kids still are not doing well? Time to blame the kids (and this is where Curmudgucation comes in).

I suspect the Blame Game will become a never ending cycle as reformers blame one component and then the next and the next. My BH passed on a joke to me this morning. In part, it says this: "When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, in government (and academia) more advanced strategies are often employed, such as: 1. Buying a stronger whip. 2. Changing riders. 3. Appointing a committee to study the horse."


Funny how truth can be so funny and so darned accurate at the same time.
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