Editor’s note: A Senate committee pushed an overhaul of the “No Child Left Behind Act” (#ESEA) a step closer Thursday, April 16th, passing a rewritten version CLEVERLY called the “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015”. It passed UNANIMOUSLY, with BIPARTISAN SUPPORT so do not fall victim to the false left vs right paradigm that keeps us, the salves to this corporate federal government, divided. We NEED to unite soon, stop falling for all their divide and conquer strategies (race, religion, these political parties, sex or income inequality, etc), find common ground and fight back or we will be very soon be in checkmate as these political pundits play us like a game of chess.  


Written by: Dawn Hoagland

A Teacher’s Per­spec­tive on the “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015

The “Every Child Achieves Act” has passed unan­i­mously out of the Health, Edu­ca­tion, Labor, and Pen­sion Com­mit­tee in the Sen­ate. The usual sus­pects are singing its praises while the peo­ple who actu­ally read all 601 pages of the bill are dread­ing its implementation.

This bill is an affront to every­one who loves chil­dren. The teach­ing pro­fes­sion requires love and patience and cre­ativ­ity. Real teach­ing to inspire real learn­ing requires these traits. Con­tin­u­ous com­puter test­ing for com­pli­ance to a pre­scribed out­come does not. In fact, love and cre­ativ­ity will get in the way of imple­ment­ing this one-size-fits-all exper­i­men­tal disaster.

Any­one who loves chil­dren would not want to sub­ject chil­dren to this cre­ativ­ity crush­ing soul suck­ing sys­tem. This bill funds lots of test­ing and lots of inter­ven­tions for “at risk” stu­dents, which appar­ently includes every­one who doesn’t ace the Com­mon Core assess­ments – in other words, everyone.

Any­one who thinks this is a good idea that will lead to improved learn­ing for stu­dents clearly knows noth­ing about human nature or any of the proven analy­sis of W.E. Dem­ing. Top down qual­ity con­trol mea­sures that rely on a sys­tem of pun­ish­ments and rewards plac­ing every­one in a com­pet­i­tive atmos­phere do not even work in the busi­ness world for which they were designed.

This type of a sys­tem is com­pletely inap­pro­pri­ate for schools that con­tain small chil­dren who are try­ing to become well-developed human beings. Test-driven reform cou­pled with pun­ish­ments causes schools and teach­ers to spend too much time on test-prep, to nar­row the cur­ricu­lum to what is tested at the expense of deeper learn­ing, to game the sys­tem, and even to cheat(for exam­ple, the recent con­vic­tions of Atlanta teach­ers and administrators).

“Deliv­erol­ogy,” as invented by Sir Michael Bar­ber, who is now the head of Pear­son Inter­na­tional, is a com­mand and con­trol method of man­age­ment designed to improve what­ever it is applied to. Bar­ber worked as an adviser to Tony Blair for four years apply­ing his awful ideas to Health and Edu­ca­tion in Eng­land before com­ing here. Eng­land is still suf­fer­ing from his “reforms.”

Inter­est­ingly, David Cole­man, the sup­posed archi­tect of the Com­mon Core worked along­side Sir Michael Bar­ber at Mck­in­sey and Com­pany. The Com­mon Core with its relent­less test­ing sched­ule and data col­lec­tion result­ing in the rank­ing and sort­ing of chil­dren and teach­ers is an exam­ple of “Deliverology.”

So appar­ently no one on the Edu­ca­tion Com­mit­tee is famil­iar with Dem­ing or the Deliv­erol­ogy dis­as­ters unfold­ing in Eng­land because if they were, surely they would have stopped this dopey bill. The bill cod­i­fies the data col­lec­tion and funds annual test­ing with hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars to be given away to Pear­son each year until 2021.


New York State received $19,670,975 in fed­eral grant money (our tax dol­lars) in 2010 to cre­ate a P20 Lon­gi­tu­di­nal Data Sys­tem. Expected major out­comes are:

  • Extend SLDS (Statewide Lon­gi­tu­di­nal Data Sys­tems) to include student-teacher match­ing and the expan­sion of the data base to include new data elements
  • Estab­lish foun­da­tion for a P20 Sys­tem, includ­ing cre­ation of a post­sec­ondary lon­gi­tu­di­nal data sys­tem, and an out­reach to state agen­cies hous­ing, work­force, health, and social ser­vice data
  • Cre­ate an Instruc­tional Sup­port sys­tem pro­vid­ing teach­ers and other edu­ca­tion pro­fes­sion­als with infor­ma­tion to sup­port con­tin­u­ous improvement
  • Cre­ate a data base to sup­port research and pol­icy analysis
  • Cre­ate a sys­tem for track­ing stu­dent progress and out­comes over time, includ­ing stu­dents’ prepa­ra­tion to meet the demands of post­sec­ondary edu­ca­tion, the 21st cen­tury work­force and the Armed Forces
  • Cre­ate processes to ensure qual­ity and integrity of data across all sys­tems

Heart­warm­ing, isn’t it?

Data is the new cur­rency and it is being sold or given away for free to key play­ers. This bill con­tin­ues and expands the types of data being collected.

Students are going to be tested in the social and emo­tional domain since it has been deter­mined that per­haps atti­tudes and dis­po­si­tions are even more impor­tant than hard skills when it comes to being a suc­cess­ful worker.

When they start men­tal health screen­ing, the “health reports” which should be pro­tected with HIPPA con­fi­den­tial­ity laws will not be. This infor­ma­tion will sim­ply be included in every child’s “edu­ca­tional record,” now acces­si­ble to third party ven­dors. If Sen­a­tor Bob Casey, Jr. gets his amend­ment adopted, the bill will be expanded to include infants as well as K-12 students.

Edu­ca­tional records have been pro­tected since 1974 under the Fam­ily Edu­ca­tional Rights and Pri­vacy Act (FERPA) until they were changed in 2011 by an Obama Exec­u­tive Order. Arne Dun­can lob­bied Obama to change FERPA in order to make the data col­lec­tion plan acces­si­ble to var­i­ous state agen­cies and pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions such as Pearson.

This bill funds con­tin­u­ous test­ing and con­tin­u­ous data col­lec­tion of all kinds of inva­sive infor­ma­tion. It man­dates con­tin­u­ous rank­ing, sort­ing, and track­ing of our chil­dren and teach­ers. It man­dates con­tin­u­ous inter­ven­tions to manip­u­late the behav­ior and per­son­al­i­ties of our chil­dren through oper­ant con­di­tion­ing to con­form to some col­lec­tivist dream of uni­form obe­di­ent worker drones. Who wants this? Not par­ents and not children.

One rea­son the reform­ers are so inter­ested in data is to sub­stan­ti­ate their claims that there are many “bad” teach­ers in the class­room. They want to be able to point to fail­ing stu­dent scores on these cocka­mamie tests in order to jus­tify or man­date the fir­ing of many teach­ers. When this hap­pens, neigh­bor­hood pub­lic schools will close and new char­ters will open everywhere.

The Every Child Achieves Act funds huge give­aways to char­ter school investors in the form of grants and tax cred­its. This bill will encour­age an enor­mous increase in the num­ber of char­ter schools in our coun­try. It could prove to be the death knell for our neigh­bor­hood pub­lic schools.

All of these char­ter schools will be funded with our tax dol­lars but will not be sub­jected to reg­u­lar audit­ing or other man­dates, such as hir­ing cer­ti­fied teach­ers, required of neigh­bor­hood pub­lic schools.

Char­ters will not be over­seen by elected school boards respon­si­ble to the par­ents and the tax­pay­ers. This will mean that the U.S. gov­ern­ment and the states will be foist­ing a sys­tem of tax­a­tion with­out rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the peo­ple of this great repub­lic.

The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America ….If You Have Children, Better Listen Up! 

Will we stand for this in 2015?

Wake up!

Call con­gress and demand an edu­ca­tion bill designed for human beings made in the image of God.

We can­not allow this Brave New World bill to get signed into law. We will be very sorry if we do.


Website Comment: Have our children become products to be inspected, stamped, dated and sold to the highest funder? Can we see the pathological handprint here? Let’s create robot worker children who esteem to claw their way to the top without an original thought or creative promise. By the book. By the numbers. Can we surmise that any emotional variance will be punished out and any selfish manipulation will bring praise and reward? And, we will wake up one morning and not know or recognize our kids. They will be the manifestation of a cold and heartless system.”

SEE: 3rd Grade Government Homework: ‘Good Citizens Do Not Argue’

SEE: Dumbing Down Children Through Common Core Math  …Because Smart Children Won’t Be Obedient Slaves In The Future 

SEE: Look Who Funded and Developed Common Core 


Latest Comments

Leave a Reply