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!

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

2 thoughts on “Why?”

  1. Next… What else is there to say? Probably little; time to act on what you know. I heard someone down there was running for school board… I wonder what would happen if that person went door to door, not necessarily to make a brief appearance, but to use that capacity to tell people what he knew?

    As far as I know, there is no way anyone can yet, remove thoughts from peoples’ minds, as they can now do from internet searches…. And now, the internet ocean is a big place. Unless one rides a news-feed thermal, ones limited circle knows ahead of time what that person will say, and though one may have “clicks” to their name, the impact one has comes mostly from their personal interactions they made with other personalities on the web.

    So what if instead of people having to click on the internet, they had to answer their front door, and here was a guy there saying he saw kids’ toys out in their yard and he just happened to be going door to door in a citizens’ effort to change things with the educational department in Delaware… But first, he wanted to hear if they had any frustrations with their schools or these new tests???

    Let’s assume he could only talk to maybe 10 people in one day…. such a small number probably sounds like a worthless endeavor to someone used to 1000 hits a day? But marketers tell us that each person talks to 15 people a day… So your message reached 150 people… Day 2, that is up to 300 total. Day 3, that is up to 450…. and 600 people have heard about this candidate by the end of Day 4… Wonder what might happen if this person applied himself a few hours every day, maybe taking his kids along if they wanted (they love it btw) and talked to many people, and told them that they could as individual citizens do something about it, not only just by voting for him, but by calling their representative… (name and phone number included) … by opting out their kid (you can show them how)…. by showing up at General Assembly hearings and voicing their concerns….

    Now if that guy’s message is only about selling himself and “his” plans for the school board, they may treat you like they would a roof contractor looking for business or a window guy.. But, if your message is about THEIR kids… you will probably have their ear….

    That is the next step. Action. So if you have any pull and can convince that guy down there running for school board to perhaps take such a tack. then, in your small way you have done something worthwhile to move the process forward onto a battlefield where they can’t hide, and they will have to deal with you by fighting against you for the minds and hearts of actual people… and there they can’t compete; we win.


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