Stop privatization of Public Schools. These "reformists" like Campbell and Michelle Rhee are insidious as they are working for hedge funds and corporations and publishers. If they control who teaches and what is taught, we no longer have a democracy. These groups are profit seekers and not educators . They are anti Union as well The President needs to get rid of Arne Duncan and listen to Diane Ravitch
Public education is essential for preparing citizens to be engaged in preserving and promoting democracy in the United States. Progressives need to expose lawmakers' disingenuous push for "school choice" as a bait and switch from poorly supported public education to pseudo-non-profit and for-profit schools. As Rupert Murdoch put it, “When it comes to K through 12 education, we see a $500 billion sector in the US alone.” Apparently, influence isn't the only thing for sale in the free market.
Reverse the federal Department of Education's toxic imposition of the Common Core State (sic) [Stealth] Standards and incessant standardized testing, tying teachers' evaluations to student test scores, closing "failing" schools and turning them over to for-profit charters, pervasive data collection and mining of students' personally identifiable data, marginalizing of veteran, dedicated teachers and believing computer-based instruction is the magic bullet for student achievement.
Eliminate taxpayer funded charter schools - and address the public school systems with better paid teachers, better funded classrooms, a board of education comprised of administrators, teachers, and parents, and eliminate 'no child left behind' requirements - Johnny learns at the rate of Johnny, not Mary, not Sam, not Debbie etc.
The current Common Core is a DISASTER! Having national standards could be beneficial to the education of all American children, however. When the time comes again to consider national standards, look to educators, not businessmen or politicians. The National Council for Teachers of Math (NCTM) and National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) have historically created excellent standards!