How did we ever get to this point? Here is a brief summary of how corporate-statist education reform got developed.
1965: Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was passed and signed by LBJ.
1979: Department of Education Organizational Act was signed into law by President Carter
1983: “A Nation At Risk” report was published
1989: Governor’s Education Summit hosted by then Gov. Lamar Alexander and William Clinton. The start of Outcome Based Education Reform.
1992-1994: Goals 2000 was developed and “School to Work” was in full force. Improve America’s Schools Act reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, added a heavy emphasis on low-income schools.
2001: No Child Left Behind
2008: “Benchmarking For Success” report released by the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Achieve, Inc.
2009-2010: Race to the Top and the Common Core Standard Standards Initiative
2015: Every Student Succeeds Act replaces No Child Left Behind
Plenty of other things happened in between. We’ve had an increasing presence of the corporate influence in Education and the testing component especially reeks of Crony Capitalism. Since various governmental entities have a full blown mentality away from Education Freedom and Classroom Choice, we can only conclude this is a Statist and Utopian philosphy which is not serving our children well for inspired learning. It is also about children being seen by the Reformers as widgets/products and being cogs in the managed planned 21st century economy. You can see who the intended clients are and they are not the parents or children. The Chamber of Commerce and related organizations pull much weight in these trends. Parents need to help take back local control.
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