Sunday, September 13, 2020

Betsy DeVos Tells States Not to Expect Waivers From Annual Tests—and prefers to test kids in the middle of a Pandemic

Testing children in a pandemic is not only wrong-headed given that it'll just measure how vast inequality is in our country right now, but also tantamount to child abuse, particularly for those most affected by our current state of affairs. N.B. By all credible accounts, even if we get a vaccine before the new year, we'll still be experiencing this pandemic next spring.

All this will do is buoy DeVos' privatization agenda by showing how terrible everything in public education is right now despite our teachers' and administrators' heroic efforts to keep schools open.  Why is school funding in places like Texas tied to school re-opening, by the way, if this isn't the actual motive? We all know that demonizing schools expedites charterization, privatization, and corporatization and much to the detriment of our communities that are not only, in effect, punished by these tests, but pay the price with the loss of democracy with the neoliberal push to de-democratize public education by selling them to the highest corporate bidder—and all with our precious tax dollars.

Let's not continue paying for our own oppression here, my friends.

If you read the entire piece, there still is wiggle room, but that's not the point.  The point is about this neoliberal leadership that actually doesn't believe in public education. Let's all say no to high-stakes, standardized testing and let's vote this president and administration out of power on November 3rd. 

-Angela Valenzuela

Betsy DeVos Tells States Not to Expect Waivers From Annual Tests

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