Ahhhh, Springtime. Birds are chirping, pro-creators are pro-creating and thousands upon thousands of children / adols / teens are starting the summer hard-count. I remember it like it was yesterday, prepping for my over-standardized tests and force-fed lesson plans, taking my communist indoctrination on summer tour preaching the benefits of over-socializ… wait, no. That didn’t happen.
However, if one were to pay attention to the current political climate (it literally surrounds me in my locale) revolving around national education policy, that is exactly how the debate sounds. It’s a nationalized push to overstandardize curriculum in an effort to “Boost”… something, all-the-while being a “one-sized-fits-all” “nationalization ” of our education system meant to “indoctrinate” the youth into voting for “socialist” policies to “ensure the communist state.” Get the point?
Specifically, I’m referring to the current debate revolving around Common Core, and more broadly, school choice theory. In short, the pretext goes, that public school, being the vessel that it is, has to prescribe to a generalized plan of action in how that system approaches K-12 education. For certain, there are details specific to regional and structural variation, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll leave it at that. Detractors of that system portend, “It is not about my son learning Science or learning anything at all for that matter. It is all about the Public School system sustaining itself.They can’t hold kids accountable. They have to get all that fresh meat coming into the system to keep the dollars flowing.” (The author of that quote will be kept anon for privacy reasons.)