After 19 months and a couple of days of posting an article on this blog every single day, I broke that streak yesterday. It was intentional. First off, it got me out of that “have to post something every day” mindset. Second, what else is there to say? I’m not saying this to be obtuse, but there are several reasons why I am now limited in what I can do or say.
For the past seven-eight months, I have been really going after the entire apparatus of corporate education reform. I’ve talked about the Common Core, the standardized assessments, personalized learning (also called blended learning), the roles certain organizations take on with this alleged reform movement, the sheer number of players and companies taking a part, competency-based education, legislative priorities for the reformers, the data mining, “Pathways to Prosperity”, civil rights, opt out, and more.
That is a lot of topics. All the while picking up new readers. I firmly believe the inherent dangers are immediate and of vital concern to children. The question is this: Do you believe? Enough to opt your child out of this madness? Enough to speak out against it, vocally and publicly? For a while there, it felt like I had to be the one to educate people. I’ve done the education part, over and over. I’ve asked folks to share what I know. Many have, and many have taken the sort of actions I mentioned above. Some have fought me tooth and nail over what I know. I’ve been mocked, ridiculed, questioned, and called a liar. I expected that, especially from those who know enough to know better.
Whenever someone is cornered, they will take a defensive posture. It is human nature. We fight for what is ours, and if it something we feel could put someone in danger, we will protect it the way a mother bear protects her cub. As a result of this, I’ve had a very difficult time with trust. Once you see the big picture the way I have, it is very easy to see who is part of the agenda. But there is a fine line there. Sometimes someone may be pushing that agenda without even realizing it.
I made some judgment calls the past few months. Some of them were bad choices. I will flat-out admit I was wrong on many levels about DSEA and a Delaware PTA advocate. I own that. I thought I was doing what was best for students. When you become mired in something, as epic as corporate education reform is, there are so many interconnecting pieces to the puzzle. Misdirection and subterfuge are the names of the game in this long story. It is, at times, confusing. But once you see the big picture, it is clear how evil the long con is.
The only question I haven’t been able to figure out is why. I know the vessels these people are using to further their agendas. I know the apparatus. What I can’t figure out is why. Why does something inside the minds of these greedy and corrupt reformers think it is okay to exploit children? Why do they think it is okay to use them as guinea pigs? I may never find out these answers. Even if someone told me point-blank, with no possibility of lying, I could never understand it. My mind doesn’t work like that. It cannot possibly fathom any possible scenario where using children is alright. I suppose that is a good thing for me, but I have to believe there are more important things in this oh so short life we all have than to get rich and feel powerful.
One side will win in all of this. I pray it is the good and moral side and not those in power who want to corrupt children. In the meantime, I’ll still be here. Writing local, state, and national education stuff. It just may not be every day!