Archive for March 31st, 2014

In the USA, the buying off of the politicians of the Federal and State governments never ends, and it’s just as true for the publishing industry as any other industry.

Our kids are forced to take standardized tests pushed by the publishing corporations. These tests have nothing to do with learning, and they have everything to do with enhancing the profits of the publishing industry at the expense of the education of our students, parents, and our tax bases.

According to Yahoo news!

“The litany of frighteningly stupid Common Core math worksheets never ends. Perhaps now, though, kids are starting to fight back in satisfyingly creative ways.

An alert reader sent The Daily Caller this image of her seven-year-old son’s perfectly reasonable homework answer. The boy attends a public elementary school in San Jose, Calif. He is in the second grade.

The math curriculum used by the school is GO Math! The publisher of GO Math! is produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

The parent who sent the homework question to TheDC noted that the curriculum aligns with the Common Core math standards.

“If you look closely under the math question, you will be able to see the Common Core standards in a blue-colored print that aligns to that particular question,” she explained.”

Check out the picture below for the stupidity, but profitable for the 1 percent, question the kid is forced to answer. Long before standardized testing, teachers made up tests just like this, only without the stupid and necessary response. Why are school districts forced into purchasing this worthless and unnecessary testing? It’s all about money.

The United States has the most corrupt, that is to say bought off, government in the industrialized world, and by a wide margin. That’s precisely why US kids are forced to take stupid tests like the one above, and that’s why US students are the most tested in the world. The more tests the public is forced to purchase with taxpayer dollars, the greater the profits of the publishing corporations, and all of the tax dollars used to purchase these tests go to the 1 percent via higher share prices and dividends. Testing our public students is all about redistributing income from the 99 to the 1 percent.

If we were to take the profits out of education, that is stop the 1 percent from redistributing income from the 99 to themselves, then the people of the USA would most likely be able to develop curriculum and build the best school systems in the world. Currently, CEO’s of the publishing industry and Wall Street executives determine the curriculum of all public school districts through the development of these tests, and teachers are forced to teach to the test. That coincidentally is why many politicians support the idea that teacher’s salaries should be aligned to the test results of their students.

The students of Finland, where the people rule, have the highest test scores in the world, and they’re also the least tested. This gave parents, teachers and administrators the room to develop an educational system second to none in the world. Of course, the government of Finland is not on anybody’s list of the most corrupt governments in the world. The USA is. Once you realize this, you can see the cause and effect of educational failure in the USA compared to say, educational success in Finland.

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