As the propatainment media hysteria over the Lieber-Wuhan-Fauci (rhymes with Grouchy) virus continues, and as everyone throws in their two cents on what they think is going on and what "they" hope to accomplish with all of this, I've been hearing from teachers. I have a few friends who are teachers, and there are a few members of this site who are teachers. And I can assure the regular readers of my blogs, that without exception, none of them were in favor of the Common Core curriculum and agenda being promoted by Darth Hillary, Jeb What's-his-Name, and Billious Hates.
Most of their criticism of the whole miserable thing was its reliance on computer standardized tests that were "adaptive", i.e., that in addition to the normal multiple guess questions on standardized tests composed by "experts", the tests would be adapted to individual students by computer algorithms, algorithms again prepared by "experts." The problem with standardized tests, as I and so many others have so often pointed out, is that multiple guess questions do not require reasoning, nor that one shows one's reasoning. They are tailor-made to present narratives, and this particularly so in the so-called "soft" disciplines like history. Consider the following hypothetical question on a standardized test for, say, late elementary school or middle school: "Who killed President John Kennedy?" You know that the establishment edugarchy - a word we'll return to in a moment - will push the narrative of the Warren Report. Answer: "Lee Harvey Oswald." Never mind all the vast amounts of research that has been done since that event that have raised serious questions about that event.
But as my co-author Gary Lawrence and I pointed out in our book about Common Core, Rotten to the (Common) Core, the standardized tests had massive problems even in their presentations of questions and answers for the so-called hard sciences. In the book, we pointed out a controversy in the late 1950s and early 1960s between mathematician Banesh Hoffman - a friend of Albert Einstein - and the Educational Testing Service over some questions about physics where the Educational Testing Service's "correct answer" to a question was manifestly and seriously flawed. Hoffman wrote articles about the controversy at the time which ran in various national magazines and newspapers. All to no avail. The Educational Testing Service's explanations of their "reasoning" for insisting a wrong answer was correct, only dug themselves into further difficulties (and please note, they were allowed to explain their process of reasoning for insisting a wrong answer was in fact correct, while their test subjects were not allowed to do so). We call this attitude and the people behind it the "edugarchy."
And all of this before Common Core's "adaptive" tests.
So what's the goal? Get everyone addicted to "computer books" and the easy sound-bite of a google search, and call that "research", just so long as you agree with the promoted narrative (and with Google designing the search algorithms, how could it be anything but?). And along the way, reduce teachers to classroom proctors for standardized tests, break the teachers' unions, and gain total control of a curriculum in a one-size-fits-all federal monster, which, incidentally, tracks you throughout your entire "academic" career.
So as this propatainment media hysteria over the Fauci-Lieber-Wuhan virus has taken down schools, and forced teachers into "distance learning" and "online classrooms," I've been wondering whether or not that may have been one of the operational objectives of this whole plandemic. Just a few weeks ago, the pushback from parents and teachers against Common Core - not to mention its disastrous results as I've blogged about recently - were in, and Common Core was in trouble.
Not so any more, as one of our regular readers, N.S., caught this tweet from Andrew Cuomo, New York's infanticide-approving governor:
As we prepare to reopen we have the opportunity to reimagine and build back our education system better.
We will work with the @gatesfoundation and develop a blueprint to do this.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 5, 2020
Yes, what a great idea: let's turn our edgykayshun system over to the man whose vaccines have allegedly killed people in India (which has banned him), who has invested in 3d printed "meat," who has made his fortune by designing the world's worst and most-virus ridden operating software and who wants to tell everyone how to deal with real viruses, and who was a major backer of the Common Core fiasco.
Funny how all this has worked out to his benefit, isn't it?
See you on the flip side...