Robotic teaching and testing is here
Have you heard about PARCC yet? It is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The ‘nonprofit’ organization is securing a great deal of taxpayer money to test students for college and career readiness based on a view of globalization that leaves US sovereignty in the proverbial dust.
The money would be better spent actually preparing students as opposed to testing them.
One grant they were given was for $186 million through the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top. Undoubtedly, they are tied into the many publishers who also stand to make billions off the new educational system. There is big money to be made.
What PARCC will do is establish a completely computer-based assessment system for the United States. The results will be automated as well. No teachers needed.
The field testing begins in 14 of the 23 states and the District of Columbia who have signed onto this project. Ten percent of the children in cooperating states will be subjected to field testing from March through May of 2014. Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York have already tried out the assessments.
PARCC claims to have been established by the states and for the states. Nothing could be further from the truth. They say they were influenced by 1,000 educators. Notice the word, ‘influenced?’
PARCC is the brainchild of Achieve and Achieve is the product of corporations – billionaires – who are taking over K-16 education in our country.
From Achieve’s website:
Achieve gratefully acknowledges the following foundations and companies that have supported its efforts. Their generosity and expertise have enabled Achieve to strive toward ensuring that all students succeed.
- AT&T Foundation
- The Battelle Foundation
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- The Boeing Company
- Brookhill Foundation
- Carnegie Corporation of New York
- The Cisco Foundation
- The GE Foundation
- IBM Corporation
- Intel Foundation
- JP Morgan Chase Foundation
- The Joyce Foundation
- The Leona & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
- Lumina Foundation
- MetLife Foundation
- Noyce Foundation
- The Prudential Foundation
- Sandler Foundation
- State Farm Insurance Companies
- Travelers Foundation
- The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
This is not a program by the states. It is a program by corporations who are laying out big money to make it happen. Why are we allowing corporations to buy our educational system?
I’ll answer that.
It’s happening because the corporations bought their way in and are lying to us about how and why it originated. They are rushing the implementation so people don’t have time to build up resistance.
They claim the Common Core and these assessments, which will nationalize education, are the result of decades of thoughtful research. In fact, while these ideas have been around for decades, they were never adopted because people once knew they were looney. Unfortunately, the lunatics are now in charge of the asylum.
This computer testing, which will replace teacher-devised testing, is based on Common Core, which is the standardized learning program that establishes a one-size fits all curricula and testing program for everyone in K-16 in the United States. It is based on the cynical idea that teachers are not up to the task and need to become government wind-up dolls.
The government wants our children to become active participants in the industrial, computerized and global government. Parents do not fit into their children’s education under this model. The state’s got this.
PARCC claims the standards are rigorous. A better word would be rigid. Anyone who could think computerized uniform tests are superior to teacher-based tests is not responding to the human element in teaching. They are also not concerned about flexibility and independence.
PARCC claims that it is ‘creating a long-term sustainable architecture to support state in the operations of the assessment system…’ What that means is we will never get rid of it, there is a great deal of money invested in it, and the power over our children’s education will rest with very few people. It also means that testing our children to death is here to stay.
Prior to the election, Obama’s campaign site – AttackWatch – came up with The Life of Julia in which it described how Julia is a product of the state and is taken care of by the state from birth through death. Nowhere in the tale was there a parent.
There are strong connections between Bill Ayers, communist and former domestic terrorist, to Arne Duncan and the Common Core, so it is only fitting to include this clip in which he describes how education is the way to affect change. Unfortunately, his change, as he would say, is to communism with a small ‘c.’ Interestingly, the 10th plank of the Communist Manifesto is government control of education.