Corporate greed at heart of public education's problems

Lauren Williams's picture
Monday, November 11, 2013

Our system of public education is in dire straits, to be sure. However, the teachers aren't the cause of its decline; neither are the parents or the students.

It is corporate greed that runs rampant with lobbying and the legislators and other elected officials who are bought by those lobbyists. Two big businesses are making huge profits off public education: Pearson, with billions of dollars in revenue, and Curriculum Associates, with tens of millions in revenue.

Then there is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a consortium of 18 states, including Ohio, and D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. With Race to the Top money, PARCC received $186 million from the U.S. Department of Education to develop assessments that would help to increase the graduation rate and career preparedness of our children. How do more assessments increase graduation rates and career preparedness? Oh, and Race to the Top allocations end in 2015.

As a parent, I am disenchanted knowing that my child will be forced to take tests and online assessments like i-Ready that strip the curriculum of creativity and loss of subjects that hold just as much importance as reading and math.

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