Posted on Dec. 18, 2015, by Mary Grabar: The "Every Child Succeeds Act," signed into law on December 10, gave all the usual suspects in big government, teachers unions, multinational textbook companies, social justice warriors, and busybody non-profits wanting a piece of the universal preschool funding pie cause for celebration. Today, the Department of Education sent out a notice about taking "First Steps in Transition to New Law." The "Dear Colleague" letter embedded there is enough to chill the heart of anyone but the most dedicated bureaucrat. But if you dare, there is an invitation at the end of the announcement atbout two hearings in January on the ESSA law.
Outgoing Education Secretary Arne Duncan, expressed his pleasure at getting ESSA passed, but told POLITICO that his biggest regret was the lack of political action on gun violence (citing Sandy Hook). He promised that gun control would be something that he would "work on" in his as yet undisclosed future work.
In its passage, ESSA had all the transparency of the Affordable Care Act and Common Core, as I described in my article at the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, "Common Core by a New Name, and On Steroids." At the Federalist John Holland offers a great analysis of how many Republicans squandered their power on this. And Mercedes Schneider does a wonderful job of exposing the backroom shenanigans in her book Common Core Dilemma, which I reviewed. She, however, asked that I print a clarification of one of her points, which I do here:
Black Liberation Collective and issued "demands." Like a lover's spat gone on too long, the aggrieved party hardly knows what it is that is bothering them. We hear that there is "institutional racism" that permeates campuses; "microaggressions" abound. Long-standing sculptures and paintings suddenly make students hyperventilate as they undergo collective PTSD syndrome.Posted on December 11, 2015, by Mary Grabar: One, two, three, four! What are we protesting for? There seems to be some confusion on campuses across the nation. But we do know that so far groups on 73 campuses have joined the
It's even in a name. Over at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania the Black Student Union is demanding the renaming of Lynch Memorial Hall. Inside Higher Ed reports, "Students who are pushing for the name change say that the name 'Lynch' has racist associations because of lynching."
There is much to report on the education, or more accurately, re-education front, as I come back from my travels to Clinton, New York.
One can barely keep up with the missives from Super Parent, the U.S. Department of Education. This week it sent out invitations to teachers, urging them to apply to become Teaching Ambassador Fellows. One of these teacher ambassors, Patrick Kelly, testifies,
Gamifying the Classroom: How the U.S. Department of Education Is Using Video Games and Common Core to Transform K-16 Education. (Photo from an educational game used to teach One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.) Learn how "educational games" are replacing books.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Talk begins at 7:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.
The Solarium, 321 W. Hill Street, Decatur, GA 30030 (Oakhurst Neighborhood)
The U.S. Department of Education is pushing the takeover of education to the next level by imposing Common Core on college and promoting video games in the classroom, K-16. (Yes, the senior year of college is considered grade 16 now.) Video game designers, who work at their own companies as well as in academic departments (and often at both) and receive grants from the federal government and technology-aligned non-profits like the Gates Foundation, argue that games motivate students and “cultivate dispositions.”
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