May 02, 2014


Gee, it's almost as if they screwed up the tests with MULTIPLE RIGHT ANSWERS on tests to make purposefully make kids stupider. To pay off a government contractor with our Secretary Of Education claiming that the nation "depends on these standards." Sounds kinda like how our government tricked us into going to war with Iraq. But I guess if we're stupid enough, we won't know that won't be able to tell that we're stupider. We just may have a vague notion that things seemed like they used to be better a long time ago. It takes a comedian and concerned father to get the country to pay attention to this while our "news" is obsessing over a bridge in NJ, whether John Kerry should have used the word apartheid to describe Palestine/Israel and a racist sports team owner. Because all of those all impact our lives so much more than shafting generations of kids with failing schools.

HUFFPO: "On the other side are grassroots groups of parents, teachers, and principals who say the standards were written in stealth, imposed by the lure of federal billions, and implemented too rapidly. All testing must be done online, so the standards are a bonanza for the testing industry, the hardware industry, and the software industry.

But the mass media mostly ignored the controversy until a comedian named Louis C.K. tweeted that his daughter used to love math, and now she hates it. Not only does Louis have two daughters in a New York public school, he has 3.3 million followers on Twitter. Suddenly the world woke up, and Louis' tweets were reported in Salon, Politico, and dozens of daily papers and websites.

No one listened when parents complained: Arne Duncan called them "white suburban moms" who were disappointed to discover that their child wasn't so bright after all. No one listened when teachers and principals complained that the new federal tests were confusing and had multiple right answers. No one cared when Pearson, the giant test publisher, put a gag order on teachers forbidding them from revealing the contents of the tests. No one cared that teachers couldn't help their students when they weren't allowed to discuss what they got wrong on the tests."