America’s war on closing the achievement-gap has failed and has become a profit center for Wall Street

I have no doubt the majority of educators would agree, that by time a student reaches the third-grade the markers of success and failures are evident.

For years there was the debate on school-wide Title 1 vs targeted assistance Title 1. Target assistance is were students are pulled out of class to attend Title 1 reading class. This is how Title 1 started out back in 1965. Then the debate began! Title 1 pullout program presented a racially identifiable program. Then came school-wide Title 1 programs where all students within poor and not poor could be served by Title 1. Also, there was the debate and support for funneling Title 1 $$$ into K-5. This was all about early intervention! Educators complained Title 1 was an underfunded program and it might just be. For YEARS the formula for dividing up the federally funded Title 1 pot of goal was based on the district’s % of free and reduced lunch application which measured poverty. Somehow Title 1 a supplemental federal funded program became a cash cow where schools district use federal monies to pay district level administrators, Title 1 coordinators and even Title 1 parent liaisons.  And OMG Title 1 funding was / is being used to send school and district administrators to Title 1 conventions national and regional.  

The war on closing the achievement gap has grown into billions of dollars a year industry whereas, testing companies many who are also education supply vendors for things such as textbooks, software and consultants. Folks poverty in education has become a profit center and sadly as the data supports, majority of students continue to falling below the achievement gap are minorities. 

If we were analyze student testing data for the last 20 years we’ll see the same pattern. African-American lags behind their whites peers and African-American males tend to rank the lowest in achievement. How many reinventions of standardized test do we need? A simple classroom observation at the third-grade level will reveal student’s reading level and math level. Reading is the key to real achievement. If one weren’t proficient in reading and reading comprehension one surely wouldn’t be proficient in other subject matter such as science, social studies, history and even math. 

The billions of dollars spent nationalized standardized student assessment tests, attempts to reform education every 7-10 years and buying new texts books from the same vendor selling standardized test could be better served by providing more reading teacher and more para-professional in grades k-5.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s education agenda is nothing more than selling snake oil to a clueless community. If now is the time to take action perhaps now is the time for the many in minority community to stop kissing Jack Markell’s ass! I assure you, demanding funding for lower class sizes, more reading teachers for grades K-5, we could see remarkable improvement in student reading proficiency. But schools can’t do it alone. We need funding for community-based education centers monitored by the state. 

As far as Jack Markell the gatekeeper for Wall Street and Washington profiteers, I still stick by concerns about rich white million and billionaire male pushing education agendas for minority children. Corporate American hasn’t been all that fair to racial diversity in the workplace. Discrimination is alive and well in the workplace.  Markell sees China as America’s number one market place competitor! Markell supports the notions jobs go overseas because America can’t meet the skilled labor requirements needed. Many of us know its all bullshit because jobs go overseas because of CHEAP LABOR! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work on an assemble-line doing repetitious task like assembling parts. Yes unions or rather union wages in America  drove many job offshore! But what about a livable wage? And guess who is profiting here in America? See Jack’s stock portfolio and you can be it include education related tech stock! 

America’s war on the achievement gap will never end until the ability to profit on those efforts are eliminated.  America teachers are being abandoned and being used as scapegoats via testing data that is so skewed because of the constant changes in test methods that makes year to year comparison invalid! 

The biggest insult to America’s civil rights movement is the NCLB Waivers which pretty much null and voids Title 1 Section 1118. The works of William Hicks Anderson has come under attack and his own kin dances with Markell.  Taking away real parental empowerment and placing such trust in a self-proclaimed proud card carrying capitalist is a fool’s journey.                

       

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20 responses to “America’s war on closing the achievement-gap has failed and has become a profit center for Wall Street

  1. As has the joke called the war on drugs. As has the constant military involvement world wide– the industrial-military complex has joined forces with some sort of socio-economic-racial something where the CEO’s make a fortune – the masses get butt-F’ed and it all just keeps going–
    I think I’m going to re-read some Orwell over the next couple of months…I think he may have been right

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  2. Kilroy, I agree that pull out of students for additional help is wrong headed. The children who must leave their regular classroom are stigmatized and so they don’t want to take part. Their peers then see them as less capable. It makes me ill to think of the Title I money going to support administrators. Every penny of that money should be used to support the children in the classroom. It could pay for additional paraprofessionals to be in the classrooms. They could work with all of the children either individually or in a small group as directed by the classroom teacher. This would not label individual children and yet I think could go a long way to meet the needs of children who have not had the advantage of attending preschool programs. Class size needs to be significantly smaller for children who might be at risk. Also along the same line, class size needs to be smaller for all children in grades K thru 3! This can set the stage for the success or failure of our students. I certainly don’t have all of the answers, but I do know that we in Red Clay need to downsize our district administrators and provide more in classroom support.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Kilroy, I agree that pull out of students for additional help is wrong headed. The children who must leave their regular classroom are stigmatized and so they don’t want to take part. Their peers then see them as less capable.”

      One hopes the writer does not wonder why no child ever has or ever will be helped as long as her opinion of and disdain for the obvious solution remains de rigueur among those charged with effecting “help.” Self esteem in lieu of solutions is one of the principal reasons we are in the mess we are in. One also points to the lady’s commentary as one glowing example of why no government sanctioned “commission” or “study group” or “committee” will ever effect change for the better. Not facing reality (AKA defining the problem) never has, and never will lead to effectual solutions. Local iteration no. 287, WEIC, is already demonstrating to those of discernment its path to the scrap heap of historically failed commissions, though said path is littered with rose petals and laudatory letters and plaques of recognition for effort. Not accomplishment, effort. Utterly misguided and ineffectual (by design) effort.

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  3. This “war” is run like all other wars. Those in their glass offices whom are protected from all accountability dictate how the war is going to be run with absolutely no consideration for those who are on the front line. They really don’t care about how the “war” goes as long as they say the right things and show the right amount. Of indignation at election time.

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  4. We need to look to Finland to fix America’s education issues. This is a country that took a holistic and thorough look at what was wrong and made it right. We can learn a lot from the Finns.

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    • Using Finland as an example is like using charter school of Wilmington as an example

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    • Not sure where you are getting your information from, but Finland and CSW are non-comparable.

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    • Yea they do. They have about the same poverty rates

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    • lastDEconservative

      “We need to look to Finland to fix America’s education issues.”

      And thus the unaware pretenders sign on with the (rest of the) destroyers.

      The recruitment efforts of the America-is-Always-Wrong wing of the destroyers are paying off. As always with such an effort, the more feeble fall in first.

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    • It’s not a matter of destroying. How can you destroy something that obviously isn’t working to begin with? Most parents can’t afford to send their kids to private school, so we need to fix it.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “We” is who? The Finns? Who brought us the cotton gin, the impossible V8 engine block, the Titan 34D, the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers, those Finns?

      This track is so repulsive as to diminish you even further. Congratulations on joining the movement. I wish you all the worst.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Or maybe you refer to the Finns who defeated the Nazis, or those unsung heros that always are first to the furthest flung disaster zone with food and medicine and comfort? Or the Finns whose Silicon Valley makes ours look like a creek bank? Yeah, those Finns.

      And how will you reconcile the absolutely required Singapore Math with your nascent Finns First movement?

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    • Whatever last. It’s obvious you hate Finns for some reason, so I’m not even jumping on that ant hill…

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    • lastDEconservative

      You really are a sad case, OK. How you can not “get” what I’ve said to you is almost beyond comprehension. Hint: Finns have nothing to do with it. Maybe M or Publius can come on the channel and splain it to you in plain Englanti.

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  5. lastDEconservative

    ” … by time a student reaches the third-grade the markers of success and failures are evident.”

    I’m trying to follow our host’s rant of this day in light all the ones before.

    By virtue of the above statement, which I will take as a starting point, then one derives that it takes until reaching the third grade to realize that a given student is black, or poor, or from the city, or has clothes in need of laundering (hey, M!), or is hungry, has one or less parents …

    My struggle is that all Kilroy’s (and the majority of the denizens’s) arguments heretofore indicated that a given student’s future was determined at (or even predetermined before) birth by virtue of being identified with one or more of the characteristics I cite in paragraph the third.

    Help me. Thanks in advance.
    -last

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  6. I would certainly like to help you! Kilroy said BY the third grade. For some children we can see it sooner. But BY the third grade mostly the signs are clear. And please keep in mind that not all of the children who need extra help are “black, poor, come from the city, etc.” I stand by my earlier post, where I advocated for children’s needs to be met in their regular classroom by way of additional supports that can and should benefit all of the children in the classroom. When you refer to a child’s need for a positive image over needed instructional help, I cannot believe that you have ever raised children or spent any significant time in our Delaware classrooms. When children’s self esteem goes down the result can affect everyone in that classroom and even in their school. The children who act out and cause disruption are usually the ones who do not feel good about themselves. Do you honestly think that a child 7 or 8 years old is SO mature that they can understand that they have to be taken out of their class with their peers watching to get extra help without feeling that they are inferior? This does NOT need to happen! My point is that the Title I money should be used IN the classroom for the extra supports needed there. Not for administrators and other money sucking overseers! One last point, I understand that many who comment on blogs do so under an alias like you did. That is fine if that is the way you need to do it. But I use my real name to make my comments and that is because I don’t need to hide behind an alias and so people are easily able to see my Facebook page and know that I am more than willing to stand up for what I believe to be best practices for our children.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Stand up? Your beliefs can best be recognized as a bit thin when your arguments in defense of them dissolve into ad hominem attack.

      No matter how you slice it, dividing the attention that, let’s say four kids in a classroom of 20 need, over all 20, thus slowing 16 and diminishing the help for the four by 80%, will not ever (and demonstrably has not ever) advance the four. And if you think even one of the 16 doesn’t know who all of the four are, whether in sight or not … well, a reality check is in order.

      Finally, chew on this theory. Title I is the cause of far more trouble than it is the solution. More government, more “help” always is.

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  7. The US kicked the Finns’ butts in the latest Math Olympiad. 🙂

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  8. We’re #1! We’re #1! (the Finns were 83rd!) 😉

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