Joanne Weiss. A name very familiar to Delaware education, as Ms. Weiss sits on the International Advisory Board of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware. For Delawareans, this should give some keen insight into what Rodel has always been about.
Have you every wondered what “Race to the Top” was supposed to accomplish? Did it mean that we would be first in the world if we opened more privately managed charter schools, closed down more public schools (especially in Black and Brown communities), evaluated all teachers by test scores, and adopted the Common Core standards? If so, that clearly didn’t happen. Did it mean that the states who followed Arne Duncan’s instructions most faithfully would surge to the top of the NAEP tables? That didn’t happen either.
Be it noted that a “Race to the Top” is a bizarre metaphor for education in a democratic society. In any race, only a few reach the top, while most are left behind in the dust. That would seem to be a repudiation of the principle of equality of educational opportunity. For sure, it throws the goal of equity away.
For those who…
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Rodel can now never, ever again be taken seriously. It it nothing but another marketing firm.
I’ve never taken them seriously!