Michael L. Hays 
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Re: “Education Leaders And Top Democrats Part Company

Arne Duncan is the perfect example of a non-educator running education into the ground because he does not understand education. So, too, the state bureaucrats who have given us Common Core. As one of the few who has actually read the CC "standards" (in English), I know that (1) they are not "standards," only vague performance-base descriptions or prescriptions--can do this or do that--without regard to whether students learn it in school or come to school already knowing it (advantage to the "haves," disadvantage to the "have-nots"); and (2) they do not constitute a "curriculum," only a grab-all of this or that item that someone brought up in a committee meeting (reflexive pronouns in 2nd grade; intensive pronouns in 6th grade--huh?). Literature is any grab-bag at all, with 17th-century American literature (our founding Puritan and colonial literature) not mentioned. Plainly, American education is adrift, with society unable to decide what it values and wants to transmit to the next generation. So what school under what auspices is nothing more than the building in which administrators, teachers, and students congregate; it hardly matters. No one has a clue what education is or is for, expect learning whatever it takes to pass tests. Do we hate our children that much?

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Posted by Michael L. Hays on 07/11/2014 at 8:01 PM

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