Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hope and Change in Education

In a recent speech, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan admitted that the United States is headed toward adopting international standards in education.
"A nation that does not benchmark its standards against the highest international standards is crippling our children in the competition for jobs."
Jobs. The only goal for education according to the state seems to be jobs. We cripple our children when we send them the message that the primary reason for education is a job. Duncan also called for better student tracking,
"[W]e want to see states building robust data systems that allow districts to better track the growth of individual students."
What type of "growth" will these "data systems" track?" I don't know about you, but I get a little nervous when I think of a federal database gathering data on school children.

Here's what education historian Diana Ravitch had to say about Obama's education policy and Arne Duncan,
"based on what I have seen to date, I conclude that Obama has given President George W. Bush a third term in education policy and that Arne Duncan is the male version of Margaret Spellings."
Not exactly hope and change is it?

But no matter whose ideas they are, national/international standards and student tracking are very problematic for homeschoolers, especially those "extremists" who believe that the state has no business requiring anything of parents determined to educate their children free from government intrusion. Just look around the international community and you'll see what most countries think about homeschooling.

As citizens of a free country, we are called to track the "growth" of government, not the other way around.

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