January 18, 2018
Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty say U.S. Department of Education
Secretary Betsy DeVos is missing the obvious
Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty sent out an article, part of which is in this blog post.
In their article they point out that DeVos recommends making all learning individualized, with each student in front of a computer, possibly at home.
Jane and Emmett point out that: “so-called personalized learning is actually depersonalized, computerized training rather than genuine education.”
Robbins and McGroarty suggest Betsy DeVos improve education by:
“(1) freeing the states from all federal mandates to the extent she can under the law; (2) working with Congress to revise ESSA to eliminate all mandates; and (3) creating a workable plan to shut down her department.” (The U.S. Department of Education)
Editorial comment – more needs to be done:
There also needs to be a change in the content of what is taught in schools, and how students are being taught in schools — changing from Type #2 education, and returning to Type #1 education. [Type #1 and Type #2 education are discussed on the Home Page of this website, and in blogs: 0005, 0091, and 0247]
Teachers need to be taught to teach, rather than being trained and forced to be facilitators and baby-sitters, spying and reporting on students, parents and other teachers.
Information on ESSA (Every Child Succeeds Act)
ESSA (Every Child Succeeds Act) codified individual data tracking, social, emotional, behavioral and attitude standards and interventions, and a lot more: 0252, 0248, 0244, 0206, 0205, 0097
ESSA didn’t change some of what was already going on in many schools, but since it became federal law in December 2015, it has been officially forcing every school to comply.
Betsy DeVos’ American Enterprise Institute (AEI) speech linked in full
You can read here the full transcript of the speech U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave on January 16, 2018, at an American Enterprise Institute (AEI) conference, “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.” Continue reading