Cross-posted with Marie Corfield blog. Promoted by Rosi.
‘Absurd’ ‘Idiotic’ ‘Toxic’ ‘Voodoo’ ‘Abusive’
These are all words NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia used to describe education ‘reform’-particularly standardized testing-in her recent 90-minute meeting with NJ ed bloggers, and quite frankly, they were music to my ears. I’ve been waiting for the NEA leadership to draw a hard line in the sand.
Part I of this series focused on the devastating effects of high-stakes testing on special needs children, and how edu-preneurs-21st century carpetbaggers-are profiting from the testing boom. Part II focused on the ways billionaires and their ‘charities’ are controlling the media to push out their messaging to an uninformed public. Part III’s focus is on Lily’s visits to two very different New Jersey schools, and how NEA-and all its members-must fight back against destructive education ‘reform’.
As with the two previous posts, unless otherwise indicated, Lily’s quotes are in red.
A tale of two cities
In her tour of New Jersey, Lily stopped at two schools: Pyne Poynt Middle School in Camden, which shares a building with the co-located Mastery Charter School, and West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional High School. The median household income in West Windsor is $147,234, with only 2.5% of its residents living below the poverty level, while Camden’s median household income is $25,681 (no, that’s not a typo), and 45% of its residents live below the poverty level. Two years ago the state swooped in, took over the school district, and appointed as superintendent in the ‘Most Dangerous City in America’ Paymon Rouhanifard, a 32-year-old former New York City school system bureaucrat/former Wall Street analyst/Teach for America alumnus who spent a grand total of two years and one month in front of a classroom. Makes perfect sense, right?