Todd Farley on the Huffington Post writes “I am a reformer! Here me roar.” after stating that he is in support of standardized testing because it creates jobs. His job and many others. Jobs for anyone wanting one it seems, whether fired from another company or just someone walking off the street. Jobs to write tests and to score them. Of course, we know that this is why testing is lobbied for so intently by corporations. Because it means more money for them.
Meanwhile teachers are being let go by the thousands, class sizes are swelling, and kids continue to be the losers of the school system every day.
Perhaps what’s even more concerning than whether Mr. Farley is being facetious or not, is that no one commenting on the article seems to care. Commenters launch right into their already formed stances on the issue. Few if any even refer back to the article’s contents. It’s as if they only noticed that it was an article about school reform and then started in without even knowing what exactly the conversation was about. There’s plenty of finger-pointing and little solution-offerring.
But that’s why we keep up the Co-op, because we know a different way of having the conversation needs to be had.
With hope that this is all just a joke,
- Will The Real School Reformers Please Stand Up? (education.change.org)