We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This hyperindividualism of “teach the child, not the subject” came into American schooling only gradually in the early twentieth century, taking over completely only in the 1950s and ’60s. It was a fundamental shift. Current political correctness in education is an updated variation on the theme of individualism. The social version of “teach the child, not the subject” became “respect the home ethnicity of the child; don’t impose an Anglo culture that is alien to his or her background and personality.” And the psychological version of individualism became: “Adjust the subject matters to the child’s interests and abilities.” Both multiculturalism and multiple-intelligence theory caught on like wildfire in recent decades. More recently, one’s individuality has become conceived through “intersectionality.” A child is to be understood as an intersection of multiple essential groups and tribes—“Hispanic and gay,” for example—not as an “American,” which is assumed to be a nonessential trait...
if you were to go to Seattle and search the databases of both the Seattle Post Intelligencer (no longer functioning paper) and the Seattle Times looking for the first announcement of Bush's "No Child Left Behind" proposal, you will find the initial rejection and then slowly the evolution of a determined effort to destroy that program. The resistance was conceived and delivered in Seattle. It was done by the same group of women who declared Katherine Jeffers Schori to be the first woman Archbishop of the Episcopal Church. The same women who would go on to appoint Obama president. You above all people at MF should be interested in the origin of the resistance and the strategy to overwhelm the intention with a process of "testing" so ludicrous of course the ideal would fail.
Isn't it weird that we can't figure out how to teach about a culture without fearing that we're imposing the culture on the child? Do I have to remain ignorant of ancient Chinese civilization for fear it will sap my Westernness? Can no one teach me to speak French without forcing me to surrender my own culture? Is it really "teaching" we're talking about here?
Less indoctrinating, more imparting of a variety of knowledge, sez I.
Modern public education was initiated to erase individual thought and promote the Borg identity. Once accomplished it has become the promoter of the big government religion. Don't think so? Try on earth day...find a classroom that doesn't worship gaia and all its tenets from population control, agenda 21 or is that agenda 2030, and global warming. And what do these all require...why of course, more government and more money. Public education is the world foremost propaganda center ranging from preschool to university "studies". The solution is vouchers to send your kids to your school of choice.