The Path Of Predetermination

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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 out­rage news.

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, Mon​ster​.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 Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.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.

CGq9zOIVIAAG5pfA.P. Dil­lon resides in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina and is the founder of LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com.
Her cur­rent and past writ­ing can also be found at IJ Review, Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org and Watch­dog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twit­ter: @LadyLiberty1885

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 outrage news.

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.

 

CGq9zOIVIAAG5pfA.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