–A few months ago I did a little research into the transformation taking place in our public schools in preparation for interviewing the incomparable Beverly Eakman on Sept. 24th.
Guest Beverly Eakman. (http://www.beverlye.com/)
The schools-to-work program is a stand out as bad policy.
A key document I posted was “Transforming Education Marc Tucker’s “Dear Hillary” Letter”
Marc Tucker is the president and CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington. and is one of the leaders of the standards movement in American education. Link
Be sure to see this entire post for some eye-opening info on Tucker and workforce development programs in our schools but first, Jenni White, President of R.O.P.E (Restore Oklahoma Public Education) reminds us that there is a School Board Candidate Training Seminar being held tomorrow;
“We cannot change our current public school system unless we involve ourselves in the system.
Please consider attending our School Board Candidate Training Seminar at the Belle Isle Library in Oklahoma City, Tomorrow, November 30th from 6pm to 8:30pm
You do not need to actually run for a position this year to benefit from tomorrow night’s training. Anyone who has any interest at all in the public school system can benefit from this FREE training.”
If you would like to know what openings are available on school boards in counties all over the state, please see this link:
If you would like to know what the Oklahoma State Department of Education considers qualifications for school board members, please see this link:
If you have a Facebook account and would like to RSVP for this event on our Facebook page, please follow this link:
For a first person accounting of how this policy was inserted into Oklahoma schools, give a listen to this show (scroll down until you see “Joe Esposito”10-17-10) with Ken Sellers and Amanda Teegarden from OK-SAFE as they interview Joe Esposito, author of Tangled Web, The Mastery Learning, OBE, STW-TQM Connection on America in The Balance
Joe served on Oklahoma’s Governor Frank Keating’s Oklahoma S-T-W Executive Council in 1996 and gives a fascinating account of what he discovered about the move to turn public education into workforce development.
Donna Garner Senior Education Policy Advisor EducationNews.org is following Tucker’s latest efforts and her article makes for some interesting reading. Donna writes;
It is time to resurrect the article that I wrote back on 4.19.10 entitled “Marc Tucker’s Bologna.” Why? Take a look at Marc Tucker’s National Education and the Economy (NCEE) State Consortium on Board Examinations Systems (SCOBES).
Of Tucker Donna Garner says;
As you read through Marc Tucker’s article posted below, please realize that this is nothing new. Tucker called it “School to Work” in the 1980’s. The idea is to educate a small percentage of the population and then make “worker bees” out of the rest of the masses, making sure that they are not able to read, write, or speak English well so that they cannot logically analyze and evaluate issues. If the masses are kept ignorant, they can be easily controlled politically and socially by the few people at the top.
Tucker’s School-to-Work plan has simply morphed into what he is now calling “early college entrance.” He is luring parents to buy into this idea by dressing it up in sweet-sounding words such as “college-level work,” “admission to selective colleges,” and “instructional programs that are among the best in the world.”
Read her entire article, “Marc Tucker’s Bologna”