This is a repost of my Da Tech Guy column: The Path Of Predetermination
By A.P. Dillon
I don’t know about anyone else, but I just can’t read another “so and so bans Confederate flag” story. Granted, it’s an ugly piece, but it’s still part of our nation’s history.
What sickens me is how the media has been leading the charge against a flag instead of the person who used it for his own twisted reasons. There has been little to no separation of the two. The hyper reporting of the ensuing onslaught of removals and bannings should make people mildly unsettled with the resemblance it bears to lemmings running over a cliff.
Enough. Just enough already. I have Jonah Goldberg to thank for restoring some sanity, compassion and education to the issue. Go read his column this week, The Dignity of Charleston Flies in the Face of the Left’s Uninformed, Anti-South Bigotry
Let’s shift gears a moment and talk about education, because there is a distinct parallel to events going on right now. Education shapes a nation.The path for the future of our children is being shaped and predetermined, much like the media is shaping and predetermining what is and isn’t
I’ve warned about what your education dollar is buying these days. That education dollar looks a lot like the tempest in the Confederate teapot we see going on right now.
I’ve warned about the increasing evidence that standardized testing and Common Core are creating pathways or silos for kids to be dropped into as they emerge from the K-12 school system and enter either the workforce or go on to college. This is no longer a warning, it’s a reality
Consider two stories on testing that emerged this week. One on Common Core test scoring, the other on the activities of the ACT.
First, the Common Core aligned PARCC test developed by Pearson. Breitbart reported that these scorers were recruited via “CraigsList, Monster.com, and Facebook”.
A Pearson official boasted about the scoring of these tests in a fashion that should have every parent running for the exits. I wrote about it at StopCommonCoreNC.org:
At times, the scoring process can evoke the way a restaurant chain monitors the work of its employees and the quality of its products.
“From the standpoint of comparing us to a Starbucks or McDonald’s, where you go into those places you know exactly what you’re going to get,” said Bob Sanders, vice president of content and scoring management at Pearson North America, when asked whether such an analogy was apt.
“McDonald’s has a process in place to make sure they put two patties on that Big Mac,” he continued. “We do that exact same thing. We have processes to oversee our processes, and to make sure they are being followed.”
Small wonder the Opt Out movement in testing is spreading like wildfire.
The other was a little nugget about the ACT tests. The ACT tests have been Common Core aligned as well, by the way. Education blogger, Mercedes Schneider, reports on this change:
“ACT is revamping its test, creating new scoring subscales and combining other scales in new ways– and it also plans to advise colleges and universities regarding predicted student success in given majors.
“ACT is intentionally shifting its role from reporting test scores to advising postsecondary institutions regarding admissions decisions.”
Schneider also notes that parents and students are not in the ACT equation for this ‘advising’ to postsecondary institutions.
Little Johnny wants to be a Doctor? TOO BAD! His ACT score says he should be an English major.
Little Susie wants to be a Engineer? TOO BAD! Her PARCC scorer dumped her into a 2 year community college for food prep studies.
Your child’s path is being predetermined, just like the media has predetermined the news we watch.
A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885
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