The Longest Post Ever: A Pictionary Explaining Education Reform It's Worth 13,000 Words
What’s Wrong With Today’s Society Captured In 10+ Brutally Honest Illustrations contains illustrations by English artist John Holcroft showing the ills of political policy in many areas of our lives. A picture is said to be worth a thousand words and the illustrations below capture the outcome/effects of current education reform.
Regardless of the PR pitching at the recent Education Writers Association conference (where education writers are told ‘how’ to write about educational issues), these illustrations convey the truth about the cause/effect of choice architects deciding on the education your child receives, regardless of what state you live in and what school your student attends.
THE RESULT OF EMPHASIS ON INFORMATIONAL TEXT
Forget the classics
EDUCATIONAL HIERARCHY ENSURING ESSA MANDATES ARE FOLLOWED:
USDOEd, REGIONAL CENTERS, STATE EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES, SUPERINTENDENTS, SCHOOLS, PARENTS
in that order
PHILANTHROPISTS’ REASON FOR PUBLIC/PRIVATE ED REFORM
It’s not for the kids
THE GOAL OF EDUCATION: COMMON ‘EQUITY’
Personalization? Excellence? Hardly
ADMINISTRATORS, NGOs, POLITICIANS & CONTROLLING CHILDREN
So what’s the reason?
THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF ESSA/COMMON CORE ED REFORM
Your child is just another data set in the sea of data sets and is easily replaceable
THE EFFECT OF STEAM TRAINING
Students still undercut by cheaper foreign workers? Is STEAM just a path to mandate more technology products in the classroom?
HOW POLITICIANS RESPOND TO TAXPAYERS CONCERNED ABOUT THE ILL EFFECT, FINANCIAL COST OF
NGO DIRECTED ED REFORM
THE TAKEOVER OF PUBLIC EDUCATION VIA THE CIRCUMVENTION
OF THE POLITICAL PROCESS
The NGO Version of Education: It’s a maze designed to deny the rule of law
to determine educational policies
State Constitutions? Who needs them anyway?
THE ED REFORM RECIPE
Education is the same for every student so every student can supply whatever the workforce requires
Gotta fill the mold
STUDENTS TRACKED VIA DATA SETS JUST LIKE DRESSES
Your child is reduced to a scanned commodity via
The Student Longitudinal Data System
EFFECT OF BEING COMMON & DEATH OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Ask the ed reformers on how those test scores/academic achievement gaps are rising/narrowed
THIS is the outcome of current educational reform: the data confirms it
Find more illustrations by John Holcroft here.