Saturday, 3 December 2016
The change agenda in American education
After looking at Donald Trump`s choice for Defense Secretary, Brian Gerrish did a bit of research to see who was going to be educating forthcoming generations of American children. "And here she is, the Education Secretary, top right."
From her website: "Elisabeth `Betsy` DeVos is a proven leader, an innovator, a disruptor and an advocate. In education, in business, and in politics. Betsy has been a pioneer in fighting to remove barriers, to enact change and to create environments where people have the opportunity to thrive."
It was agreed that the language is opaque; it is about change but it does not say what the change will be.
"So this is a remarkable woman, unbelievably wealthy, very powerful..." says Gerrish sarcastically. "Her brother happens to be Eric Prince the founder of the mercenary outfit Blackwater, now known as Academi."
Emily Talmage has blogged on the same topic and believes the drive in American education towards attaching each child to a digital device - eliminating the need for teachers - is not going to change with DeVos in charge of education.
"On Wednesday, President-Elect Donald Trump became the latest leader in a succession stretching decades into the past to prove that it matters not who is in charge: the Big Education Agenda – the real agenda – is all but indestructible."
"With his pick of billionaire Betsy DeVos for the role of Secretary of Education, Trump signaled either his willingness to go along with the war being waged on our children by the Education-Industrial-Complex, or his ignorance of what is actually happening to our schools..."
"Recently, Mrs. DeVos told Philanthropy Roundtable:"
"It seems to me that, in the internet age, the tendency to equate ‘education’ with ‘specific school buildings’ is going to be greatly diminished."
"She also said that `digital learning is in its infancy relative to the influence that it can and will have`."...
"Across the nation, corporate and Wall Street-driven organisations are building data-sharing networks that, they hope, will allow the `community` – any business or nonprofit, corporate or otherwise, that is standards-aligned and willing to gather and share data with our Wall Street and government overlords – to actually be the school. Toting `data backpacks` with them from one locale to the next, the hope from on high is that most children will do most of their `learning` by way of virtual or `blended learning` programs."