The latest “criticize teachers for not teaching the ‘science’ of reading” can be found in “Schools Should Follow the ‘Science of Reading,’ say National Education Groups” in the Gates funded Education Week.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funds most of the organizations in this report that criticize public schools and teachers for low NAEP scores. Yet they are behind the Common Core State Standards, which appear to be an abysmal failure.
Most individuals and groups never teach children themselves, but they create policies that affect how and what teachers are forced to teach. They have always been about privatizing public education.
Reading instruction is the conduit for corporate school reformers to reach their privatization goals. Reading has always been one of the most important functions of a public school.
Here are the organizations blaming schools.
This group put Common Core State Standards in place in 2010, ten years ago.
How can they blame teachers and public schools for reading failure? Most teachers have worked fearfully towards these standards.
If children aren’t reading well, Achieve should revisit the English Language Arts Standards for Kindergarten which describes Phonological Awareness and Phonics Word Recognition and goals like the following:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.2.d Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.1 (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
This group highlights Future Ready Schools, putting children in front of screens. A class of 60 children in front of computers? See “Inside the primary school class in the UK with 63 pupils.
There is no evidence that technology alone will make better readers.
This group criticizes public schools for a decline in NAEP reading scores, with an “urgent call to action,” but they’ve pushed high-stakes standards on the backs of children for years! If they want to blame anyone for less than ideal reading scores, they should point to themselves!
They work with Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change. Bush has foisted many harmful school reforms on the State of Florida and the country, including third grade retention. Chiefs for Change and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute are shills for privatization. It has been this way for years, so why aren’t they reexamining their reform effects on schools?
Scroll to the bottom to see who’s running this show. The 2010 Teacher of the Year is creating programs for the Learning Channel, which parents will need to rely on once their public schools are gone.
They partner with Amplify. It’s online reading instruction.
Why are school principals on this list? Where the hell have they been all these years? What are they doing to assist teachers in the teaching of reading? Most of the parents I know blame principals for the reading problems in their schools.
Here’s a quote from their website.
Now more than ever, educators must understand the need to support a seamless continuum of learning for every child across prekindergarten through the third grade, typically age three to age 8. As investments in aligned systems has gained momentum, a critical component has been missing: professional learning opportunities to build the capacity of early childhood leaders to effectively support the learning and development of the children they serve.
This is an astroturf group of school reformers. NCTQ is quick to criticize teachers and their education schools. They’ve set themselves up as experts, which they are not.
It’s difficult to find a connection with the NUA and the criticism of what teachers are doing in the classroom. I don’t understand why they’re on this list.
They have a report called Powering the Digital Revolution. Scroll down to the donors for 2018.
They are connected to Achieve and Common Core. Here are their donors.
We are a professional coalition with a diverse community consisting of public school districts, private schools, colleges and universities, small businesses and corporations, organizations, military commands and installations, military families, and caring individuals from local communities across our Nation … all for the sake of the child.
They constantly shill for school privatization while pretending they support schools and teachers.
The science of reading, as it stands, is currently biased and incomplete. It is being used to destroy public schools and the teaching profession.
This reading debate should be between those closest to the child, teachers and parents, giving them the power to make changes when called for in their public schools. They should be able to do this through their local school boards.
This conversation should take place, because something is wrong when parents are unhappy with their child’s schooling. It isn’t a debate that will be won by yelling at each other on social media, but by working together at the school level.
It should include a state department of education in each state that investigates problems and isn’t about getting rid of public education. The U.S. Department of Education should also be working to better address the controversy surrounding reading and what’s behind denying students with reading disabilities their IDEA rights.
Universities should review how they teach reading, but they also shouldn’t be forced by these groups to destroy reading practices that have worked for years.
It is, however, difficult to do this at this time. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and the previous education secretaries, never taught, never studied reading in a university setting or worked to remediate student difficulties, and have themselves been about the business of destroying schools and de-professionalizing the teaching profession.
If you think the NAEP scores are poor, look at the groups mentioned here. It has been a rigged game for years!