civil disobedience

The political/business oligarchs are pulling out all the stops.  Governor Cuomo has appointed a panel to recommend a smoother implementation of the Common Core States Initiative: a federally funded, privately owned/copyrighted set of standards that were adopted without legislative approval.  The CCSSI is also not held accountable to voters (even as it used Federal money) as it is a private corporation.  But it’s all good!  This panel will recommend to the NY legislature and parents on how this educational blueprint will just be fine in the long run.  It’s just the implementation that’s faulty. (Click on image to enlarge)


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The political and business elites are scrambling.  They are attempting to circumvent the legitimate concern of  moms and dads, taxpayers and legislators who understand the adoption of the standards is where you start when addressing the “confusion and frustration among students and their families”.  This panel is insulting to the citizens of New York and should be considered a citizen/educator/special interest group aligned to kangaroo court deliberations:

A kangaroo court is a judicial tribunal or assembly that blatantly disregards recognized standards of law or justice, and often carries little or no official standing in the territory within which it resides. Merriam-Webster defines it as “a mock court in which the principles of law and justice are disregarded or perverted“.

A kangaroo court is often held by a group or a community to give the appearance of a fair and just trial, even though the verdict has in reality already been decided before the trial has begun. Such courts typically take place in rural areas where legitimate law enforcement may be limited. The term may also apply to a court held by a legitimate judicial authority who intentionally disregards the court’s legal or ethical obligations.

Is Governor Cuomo “intentionally disregarding” political process?  Why is he supporting the privatization of education and the circumvention of state legislatures in the CCSS adoption?  What happened to the voters’ decisions on educational direction/delivery in their school districts?  Did anyone ask them if they wanted to fund this public/private partnership?

Governor Cuomo and the Panel of the Eleven should appear before these NY moms and answer questions.  When the word “garbage” is used by moms in describing the standards, it’s not the implementation that’s the problem.  It’s the whole CCSS package, adoption, content and data retrieval.  There are not enough fancy spices or seasonings this panel can sprinkle on this mess of education reform to make it palatable.  Dr. Stotsky suggests civil disobedience might need to be practiced by parents.  Push the plate away and refuse to eat.



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