Here’s more evidence that the fake education reform movement in the United States and the international PISA test are both frauds. After two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that lifted limits on political campaign contributions so the wealthiest Americans can buy the U.S. government, there may be only one country left on the earth that billionaire oligarchs like Bill Gates, the Walton family, the Koch brothers and American Hedge Fund billionaires can’t buy. To discover the answer, watch the video and read the rest of this post.
What Does the PISA Test really reveal about U.S. Public Education?
Guess who may be dropping out of the PISA?
Here’s a piece that appeared in The Washington Post on May 26, 2014: “No. 1 Shanghai may drop out of PISA”:
The Washington Post says: “First in 2009 and then in 2012, Shanghai’s 15-year-old students (or, rather, a supposed representative group) were No. 1 in the world on the recent Program for International Student Assessment reading, math and science exams. But now, according to a popular Shanghai newspaper, Shanghai is considering dropping out of PISA. Why?
“According to the article, explained in the following post by scholar Yong Zhao, Shanghai officials want to de-emphasize standardized test scores, homework and rote learning that has characterized Chinese education. And PISA, which is sponsored by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, emphasizes standardized test scores.
“Last year, China began a major education reform initiative designed to increase student engagement and end student boredom and anxiety — and reduce the importance of standardized test scores.”
<strong>Imagine that, China moving away from raising generations of robots while the Western Democracies, with the exception of Finland, are moving toward standard thinking and behavior</strong>. Who would have thought?
Finland’s poverty rate is less than 5%. In the U.S., poverty is 23% or almost ten times the total population of Finland.
What does the PISA results reveal about poverty?
Professor Robert Lingard compares Australia and New Zealand with a focus on poverty and reveals the truth.
When the OECD releases the PISA report every three years, many people use the ranking to claim public education in the U.S. is failing and push their corporate education reform agenda. But looking at the data, lessons that can be learned from the highest performing countries point in a completely different direction. Watch the first video again, and again, and ….
You may be wondering why the GOP was included in the title of this post. Ask yourself, why Republicans haven’t said a word about the fake education reform movement that started with President G. W. Bush, is being driven by his brother Jeb Bush and supported by the Obama Administration and Arne Dunan, appointed by Obama, as the Secretary of the Department of Education.
And if you are having trouble shaking off the lies that only the tea party people are protesting Obama’s Machiavellian Common Core standardization of the United States public education system, visit Education Bloggers Network or Diane Ravitch, and discover how many tea baggers there are among these professionals.
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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).
His third book is Crazy is Normal, a classroom exposé, a memoir. “Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult.” – Bruce Reeves
Lofthouse’s first novel was the award winning historical fiction My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. His second novel was the award winning thriller Running with the Enemy. His short story A Night at the “Well of Purity” was named a finalist of the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards. His wife is Anchee Min, the international, best-selling, award winning author of Red Azalea, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (1992).
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