Virtually everything going on in public education today is determined by Wall Street and the corporations that it serves. Corporate standardized tests are sold to school districts across the nation because these corporations have used their financial muscle in the corrupt federal government and in corrupt state houses to ensure that US children are the most tested in the world, which makes America’s school children big profit makers for the testing industry, which includes such publishing giants as McGraw-Hill. The McGraws have been close buddies with the Bush family since the Great Depression. This is why George W. Bush selected the McGraw-Hill business plan as his standard for education reform, and which he erroneously titled the No Child Left Behind Act. Of course, it had nothing to do with enhancing the education of US children.
Standardized testing is all about redistributing income from the taxpayers of the 99 percent to the parasites of the 1 percent. The reality is that standardized testing has absolutely nothing to do with student achievement, but it has everything to do with generating corporate profits.
Finland has the highest standardized test scores in the world. The children of that nation are the least tested in the world. That’s because the Finnish educational system is for its children, and it is not used to generate corporate profits.
Because of the massive reliance on standardized tests, over the last thirty years, US school districts have shaped their curriculum to meet Wall Street’s expectations for testing industry profits. You read that correctly!
Now the billionaires and millionaires are going after more of the $1.3 trillion public education market, helped along by bought off Wall Street senators such as Ron Wyden and Mitch McConnell, and it won’t have anything to do with ensuring better education for our children. It’s all about profits, not children, and certainly not education. That’s precisely what education reform has been about for the last thirty years: profits, profits, and more profits, and all at the expense of the education of our children.
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