Dear Personalized Learning Salesmen: Please Join Us!

By now, most people know that the Common Core State Standards have not only been an epic failure, but that the PR machine designed to sell the standards to the public was a botched job as well.

Unfortunately, not as many folks realize that our billionaire reformers have been working equally hard to sell the public on a make-believe need for “personalized learning” (which also goes by “competency-based” or the highly deceptive term “student-centered” learning) along with the one-to-one digital devices that will make (they hope) this highly lucrative K-12 transformation possible.

Here is just a sample of what the corporate and foundation-fueled agents of the personalized learning PR machine have done over the past few years:

  • Leveraged and even gone undercover as members of the Opt Out movement to encourage parents to opt in to personalized learning

Thankfully, despite the millions of dollars being spent on the propaganda effort, the growing number of parents  and teachers voicing their concerns over this research-devoid, massively expensive effort to remake our schools suggests that reformers might very well be botching this job too.

And there’s no question that increased pushback from parents already has personalized learning salesmen wringing their hands:  recently, Bruce Friend – the Chief Operating Officer of iNACOL, dedicated an entire session at a Pearson-sponsored conference to a discussion of one New Jersey mom and teacher who raised concerns about the efficacy of her district’s “blended learning” program.

At the upcoming Digital Learning Show in Dubai, former Gates Foundation executive Tom Vander Ark will host a session on how to “take your institution into the 21st century.”  This, of course, includes ways to “overcome challenges encountered in the implementation of blended and personalized learning” – which no doubt means dodging those pesky informed parents who don’t want their children learning from a tablet all day long nor do they appreciate having their state education policy manipulated by corporate profiteers dressed up as local organizations.

With all that said, I’d like to personally invite Mr. Vander Ark, Mr. Friend, Mr. Gates, and anyone else involved in their reform efforts to join a group of parents and teachers who know exactly what they are planning for us and are not happy about it to a webinar sponsored by Parents Across America this Sunday, October 16th, at 7pm.   Perhaps they’d like to take some notes to prepare for their upcoming workshops.

Parents, teachers, and anyone else interested in the latest reform efforts that are now flying at us fast and furious are, of course, also encouraged to join.

Click here for all the info you need.

 

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Author: Emily Talmage

My name is Emily Talmage and I teach fourth grade at Montello Elementary School in Lewiston, Maine. In addition to teaching in Lewiston, I have also taught special education and general education in New York City, including one year at a “high-performing” charter school in Brooklyn. I also have two master’s degrees; one in Urban Education from Mercy College, and another in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. I have also worked as a research analyst and assistant at the National Center for Children and Families at Columbia and Oldham Innovative Research in Portland.

2 thoughts on “Dear Personalized Learning Salesmen: Please Join Us!”

  1. Can’t wait to attend this! Looking forward to it. Excellent job again Emily on your blog! Digital Learning is nothing more than a profit-generator for ALL the companies, foundations, corporations, politicians and billionaires who are all heavily invested in it. It has NOTHING to do with educating our kids or providing a “quality” education, “student-centered” or “student aligned” anything for our kids. Here is a link to an article (http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/on_innovation/2015/05/the_end_of_the_big_test_moving_to_competency-based_policy.html) where Vander Ark himself names all his partners in crime including iNACOL and how to get their states to change their legislature and get their state boards of ed to open the door to CBE. The only problem with the article is – they left out Jeb. Jeb’s foundation – FEE is the one that has pushed CBE and continues pushing this “initiative” nationwide and telling states how to put all his punitive, failed policies in place like A-F School Grading, VAM, Teacher Accountability, Mandatory 3rd Grade Retention, etc. All the policies that parents are finally waking up to that are hurting their kids and filing lawsuits against. Make no mistake – FEE (Jeb) is still in the driver seat for education and is now making a profit on it using our kids. Our kids were their guinea pigs for Common Core and the state tests and will be for CBE.

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    Dear Personalized Learning Salesmen: Please Join Us!
    by Emily Talmage
    By now, most people know that the Common Core State Standards have not only been an epic failure, but that the PR machine designed to sell the standards to the public was a botched job as well.

    Unfortunately, not as many folks realize that our billionaire reformers have been working equally hard to sell the public on a make-believe need for “personalized learning” (which also goes by “competency-based” or the highly deceptive term “student-centered” learning) along with the one-to-one digital devices that will make (they hope) this highly lucrative K-12 transformation possible.

    Here is just a sample of what the corporate and foundation-fueled agents of the personalized learning PR machine have done over the past few years:

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