When I last wrote about the Dana Egreczky PARCC Pushing Traveling Road Show only two weeks ago, I was amazed by the unabashed exposition of a life view presented by the speaker. I've lived my entire life in this wealthy country and the modern technological age, so I have certain expectations and aspirations, part of a philosophy of abundance: There should be a place for everyone to live with dignity and a sense of personal fulfillment.
What does it mean when a school invites a speaker to tell parents and children that "it's all about the competition"? If you've examined the material or listened to Egreczky's entire presentation, you know that she means that school really is all about the competition. It's a competition where the winners are assigned higher numbers than the losers and there are two standardized tests (English and Math) that can and will tell you everything you need to know about your worthiness as a human being to exist in our society. Because jobs. If you think I'm exaggerating, you can view the entire slide show as it was found on the Deptford site and judge it for yourself.
So for a moment, forget about all the lies in the presentation, and forget about all the ridiculous hype used to oversell the PARCC as a panacea to education. Let's just consider the people: Not just the people affected by education policy, but especially the people steering education policy. What do these elite folk see? It is a backward, Dickensian vision.
The squalid view of life devoid of humanity and culture is embraced by those who are trying to get us all to submit our children to the eugenic ranking system of PARCC tests. Oh, but don't accuse them of cruelty or think they are not being inclusive. Here is the lowlight. See Egreczky's advice for parents of special needs children, given on a slide taken from the Deptford, New Jersey schools web site. It is shown at right.
I won't repeat the text on that slide. I won't. This is from the type of people who are driving state and national education policy.
Because of resistance from parents who love their children and want to save their schools from destruction, we now see a proposal to make PARCC a universal high school graduation requirement.