It is the 10-year anniversary of No Child Left Behind. I’m reminded of the Gettysburg battle photo. “Rich man’s war – poor man’s fight” was the refrain then. Those poor corpses on the field could be today’s teachers and students. The education reformers of our day have caused the same carnage, waste, and fraud.
The publicly stated goal of NCLB was to diminish the education gap between children of color, and the higher performance of Anglo and Asian children. But the private mission was to destroy teachers’ unions, provide a financial feed trough sucking on the public sector, and privatize with charter schools that which is public. The main tool for this was testing.