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In a way, it is satisfying to read about Parents' buyers' remorse, when the school makes them suffer

Many of these parents naively supported charter takeovers and sat idley by as fine teachers and school personnel were chased
out in favor of younger cheaper, more submissive employees.

Teachers and educators have been suffering immeasurably for over a decade since this NCLB bullshit
got going, trying to achieve ridiculous test score goals, constantly browbeated and told they are inadequate
while they watched their Union and subject departments dis-empowered in favor of outside investors
and pro-privatization principals and management, often trained and indoctrinated by philosophical
neo-liberal corporatists like Eli Broad and Bill Gates.

Some of us in teaching tried to tell others on the outside, tried to sound the alarm.
But most people didn't believe, or hear, us.

Clearly, few outside the school gave a shit.

Now, as a retired teacher, it is my turn to watch as others scream "INJUSTICE!".
Too late, suckers.

Enjoy the fruits of your ignorance of what real education is, and has always been--Multi-faceted,
multi-leveled, focused on the conceptual more than the trivial, varied, at least a little bit individualized, when possible, and MESSY.

But it's past the point of no return--Corporate America will not give back what it has taken--You'll see.
And you can be certain, your kids will not be getting a real education

Kids are just memorizing terms for multiple-choice bubble tests.
They are not learning concepts, or truths, anymore.

Some of us saw this coming and screamed it out--To no avail.

Well America, your schools are on the way out, and there ain't nothin' you can do about it now except
make sure your kid makes your school look good, no matter what it costs you.

(P.S. You can bet that Washington's Elite kids are absolutely NOT trained to memorize
standards-based trivia & just get high test scores.
That is only necessary for The Great Unwashed----
They would never do to their kids what they think is essential for the kids of The Masses).

But you & your kids are not in The Elite.

So shut up and memorize.
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