professornana (professornana) wrote,

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Little Jack Horner pulling out plums

I appreciate the post here about a new program announced by Arne Duncan about making the AP tests more accessible to low-income students: The title of this post is in reference to the nursery rhyme, LITTLE JACK HORNER.

Little Jack Horner
Sat in the corner,
Eating a Christmas pie;
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum,
And said 'What a good boy am I!

We speak about someone having their fingers in a pie for good reason. So, I thought this bit of verse appropriate for the latest news from the land of the Education Secretary. There is a bit of a fly in the ointment here as the money is being handed over to the College Board folks, the same ones who administer the tests. Why do we not just have a funnel that goes straight from DC into the coffers of the companies who are draining education dry? With David Coleman at the head of the AP, and this new funding of $28.4 million heading directly into the company's vaults, one has to wonder about collusion. Why not take that same money and establish grants for students from low-income families that would pay some of their tuition (if we are truly concerned about those costs as politicians say we should be)? Why not fund other programs that would assist those who live in poverty DIRECTLY?

I know I am being pesky with all of these questions, but it does concern me to see even more monies going into the hands of the test makers.

BTW, if you are not already following this blog, remedy that. It often points to the absurdities of education.
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