Children for sale: A mother speaks out against common core
Education Reporter – Alyson Williams – 1/51/2013
What about the part where I said I felt my children had been sold? I learned that the U.S. market for education is one of the most lucrative — bigger than energy or technology by one account — especially in light of these new national standards that not only create economy of scale for education vendors, but require schools to purchase all new materials, tests and related technology. Almost everything the schools had was suddenly outdated.
When I discovered that the vendors with the biggest market share and in the position to profit the most from this new regulation had actually helped write or finance the standards, the mama bear inside me ROARED!
Could it be that the new standards had more to do with profit than what was best for students? Good thing for their shareholders they were able to avoid a messy process involving parents or their legislative representatives.
When I was told that the end would justify the means, that it was for the common good of our children and our society, and to sit back and trust that they had my children’s best interests at heart — they lost my trust.
As I kept note of the vast sums of money exchanging hands in connection with these standards with none of it going to address the critical needs of my local school — I felt cheated.
As I listened to the Governor and education policy makers on a state and national level speak about my children and their education in terms of tracking, alignment, workforce, and human capital — I was offended.
When I was told that this is a done deal, and there was nothing as a parent or citizen that I could do about it — I was motivated.
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Alyson Williams is the mother of four children. Two attend public school.