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Nancy Bailey is an experienced classroom teacher who is now retired. She and I co-authored a glossary to explain the duplicity of today’s phony school “reforms,” called Edspeak and Doublespeak. We discovered that we shared the same disdain for hypocrisy and hype.
Nancy posted a letter here by a teacher in a suburban school about how corporate reform is ruining education in her district.
Here is an excerpt from her essay.
Who remembers when elementary age children’s schedules included daily periods of recess, English, social studies, science & math, with a rotation of daily enriching specials, such as art, music, gym, library, etc.?
Who remembers when change was slow and steady in school districts, because they knew children needed stability and predictability?
Who remembers when there were no charter schools siphoning public school money away from public schools?
Who remembers when public schools were a valued public service for the greater good of the country?
Who remembers school before corporate education reform? Not sure what that is?
She goes on to e plain how the misguided and failed ideas of “corporate reform” have changed schools for the worse, even on the best districts.
The ever-present theme of corporate reform is DISRUPTION. Not better education: disruption. That’s why in my new book SLAYING GOLIATH, I refer to the faux reformers as DISRUPTERS. I don’t allow them to corrupt and appropriate the honorable term “reform” or to call themselves “reformers.” They are not. They are DISRUPTERS.