Opt Out As We Know It Is Dead… Long Live The Badge

For years, I’ve been telling Delaware parents they should choose to opt out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  I was wrong.  Here is why…

We are entering a new era in education.  The promised era of digital personalized learning is here.  It is on the cusp of coming into every single public school in the country.  New national broadband laws are coming out of the woodwork to allow this.  We won’t need to opt out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  It will be gone soon.  They listened to us.  They heard us.  They will get rid of this test.  We gave them exactly what they wanted.  It was a trap. Continue reading

Who Will Pay The Price For The Godowsky Move That Will Cause The Can To Explode?

We have all heard the term “kicking the can”.  In Delaware, this is often referred to when it comes to education funding.  For example, when the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission redistricting plan was postponed for a year because the funding wasn’t available, many felt this was “kicking the can”.  Very soon, word is going to get out about an action created by Secretary of Education Dr. Steven Godowsky that will cause that can to explode.  It won’t be a question of later, it will be a question of now.

I know what the action Godowsky takes will be.  I know why he will do it.  I know who put him up to it.  I also know why they did it.  I know what they are hiding.  I know when they did it and why it hasn’t been announced yet.  The actions that took place the last week of June will take on new meaning.  It explains so many things that left so many of us scratching our heads.  This is the line in the sand that will change Delaware education forever.  No one is going to be able to sit on the fence with this one.  You will be on one side or the other.  It will change the upcoming elections in ways you can not imagine.  John Carney will have to deal with the mess Governor Markell will leave him.  While it won’t affect everyone, the reverberations of this action will leave seismic impressions throughout the state.

Other things this will explain will also cause massive change in how something else is viewed.  While it has been on the back burner for the past month, many will speculate if this had something to do with that.  This isn’t something that is speculation on my part.  This will happen.  When it does, allies will become enemies.  When it does, I will tell the entire story behind the story.  Because I have it down to the penny.   And while a certain someone thinks he is going to get away with this, your hubris will be your downfall.  This will make the announcement made on the steps of Warner Elementary School two years ago look like pudding.  I know how guiding hands have been building towards this for quite some time.

You have been warned Delaware.  A very dark wind is coming your way in the next 132 hours.  There is no escape.  For those who think we all need to get along and hash it out, even you will need to take a side and stick with it.  September 1st.  Wait for it.  Watch for it.  Fasten your seatbelt, because it’s going to be a very bumpy ride.  The civil war started and the first shots were already fired.  I already know which side I’m on.  And I hope to see you there as well my readers.  If you aren’t on our side, understand that no stone will be left unturned.  Think very wisely about how strong your trenches are.  I saw your Achilles heel months ago.