Educational reform is all about corporate profits, especially for the big publishing corporations, Pearson Limited and McGraw-Hill. These companies a lot of money on government; lobbyists, campaign contributions, etc…. McGraw-Hill, for example, donated $32,400 to the Republican National Committee in 2014. The corporation also gave $10,000 to the Democratic Party of New Hampshire. This company spreads its money, or rather your money, around. In return, their puppets in state houses around the nation and within the federal government push for more testing and higher standards.
School districts are then forced to allocate your hard earned tax dollars to tests and testing materials, which then fuels corporate profits, dividends and share prices. All the while, education for the young has gotten twisted into learning how to take tests, which for most students, makes education a non-learning experience, especially since standards are always raised.
Why are test standards always increased? Because it’s profitable. Raising the bar means more students will fail, and then they’ll need to take the test over and over again until they move up in grade, or drop out of school. The more tests they take, the more profits Pearson and McGraw-Hill rake in, and at your expense.
Every few years, testing standards are changed. That’s because it’s more profitable to change standards every few years than maintain the current standards. When standards are changed, school districts are forced to purchase new tests and new prepatory materials in accordence with the new standards, which is way more profitable than keeping prepatory materials that were purchased a year or two earlier.
In other words, mandatory standardized testing is an income redistribution scam. Income is redistributed from the 99 to the 1 percent, particularly to shareholders and major officers of the testing industry.
The testing industry then redistributes some of your redistributed money to politicians as campaign contributions, lobbying jobs after politicians leave office, vacations in Scotland, and other things.
To garner that cash, the politicians push more and more standardized tests for your students to take, as well as higher standards. That’s why US public school students are the most tested in the world, and by a wide margin. That also shows how corrupt your government has become.
And that’s why educational reform has absolutely nothing to do with education. It’s all about using public school students as profitable testing material. And because of that, such useful classes as automotive, wood shop, metal shop and other classes than might be applicable to real life are gone for the most part. That’s why your students have to take second year Algebra and Geometry, even though 99 percent will never use these things in real life. These tests are also why many schools have eliminated or shortened such social skill interactions as physical education and recess.