I’ve been following the live tweets from the Vision Coalition and their idiotic Student Success 2025 most of the morning. I see lots of district admins, Delaware PTA reps, teachers and legislators buying into this absolute nonsense. All you are doing is lining up the pockets of Rodel’s Dr. Paul Herdman and his corporate education reform buddies. Enough. You attend this event expecting some kind of miracle every year, and it is more of the same. Endless talk with no true progress. The NAEP scores came out today, and students did worse. Smarter Balanced is a complete failure. You talk and talk and do nothing about the true problems: crap like this making its way into the classroom. All this talk about personalized learning…you have no idea what you are turning children into. Drones for the millionaires and hedge fund managers. And who is going to pay for all this? Our state is facing a probable $200 million dollar deficit in the coming months, and you want to spend more money. While funds are siphoned out of the classroom for these events? Come on people, wake up!
If you want to do something meaningful for Delaware students, stop attending events like this. Get in the classrooms, see what teachers really need. See what students need. Personalized learning is not it. Standards-Based IEPs are not it. You can talk about community and parent engagement all you want, but I guarantee you the bulk of the parents in this state could not give a rat’s ass about this kind of thing. Stop trying to reinvent the wheel. All you are doing is making clowns like Paul Herdman rich. And trust me, he is laughing all the way to the bank. He likes to talk about unintended consequences a lot. You have no idea what just attending an event does to the students you like to think you represent. If you are there for the awesome eclairs, I get it. But if you are there to go back to your district, school, or association and fill heads up with all these great ideas, you are barking up the wrong tree.
I’m sure Jack Markell will give some rousing speech to go along with all the other bs you heard today. Don’t forget about the students and stop going to these “all-star country club” events. You are all culprits in the traps being set for students and teachers by merely attending. You should be supporting a nationwide push to get outside companies the hell out of education. You should be digging your heels in against standardized testing and all it’s punishment tactics. Support opt-out. Support special education. Stop bullying. Turn the discussion on how we can lift children out of poverty and reduce crime. Stop with the apparent racism that exists in our state. Stop the segregation and the tactics used to make it continue. This isn’t education, it is a corporation.